Minneapolis and Saint Paul area free clothes, back to school supplies or furniture.

If you need free clothes, furniture, household goods or school supplies in the Minneapolis or the twin cities region, then look into the services offered by clothing closets, thrift stores, and related non-profits. A number of organizations, charities, churches, and other groups are committed to offering basic needs to the public and needy. This can include winter coats, shoes, work items, furniture, school supplies, backpacks, diapers, and other free clothing items.

Many centers rely on donations and contributions from the community, so their resources are limited. Most sites are also only open a couple days per week, so it may be best to call for hours and resource availability. If a non-profit in Hennepin or Ramsey County can’t help you, they may be able to refer individuals and families to other local Minneapolis food pantries, clothing closets, or social service agencies.

In addition to receiving items such as clothing, household goods, school supplies, or more, some non-profits or churches may have vouchers or small amounts of cash for paying for bills, Christmas assistance, or housing. While any type of financial aid will be very limited, providing holiday assistance in Minnesota is also a focus of many organizations.

Sharing & Caring Hands (Mary Jo’s)
Address is 525 N 7th St., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405
Phone number is 612-338-4640
The non-profit offers free clothing for all ages, including children. There are shoes, belts, jeans, and undergarments. Kids can also get free items for the school year, like notebooks, pens, backpacks, and free uniforms too.

St. Stephen’s Guild Hall
Address is 2211 Clinton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Small household items and free clothing is distributed. The furniture may be utensils, pots or pans, dishes, and more.





St. Vincent De Paul
2939 12th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Call 612-722-7882 for intake
Various social services, referrals, and more is offered. May have some limited financial assistance for expenses such as heating costs or rent. However the focus is on meeting basic needs, including offering low cost clothing, furniture, personal hygiene, bedding, and other household items. There is a low cost thrift store in Henneppin County as well. More on Saint Vincent de Paul Minneapolis assistance programs.

Steeple People Surplus
2004 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Dial 612-871-8305
Runs a thrift store and sells to the public clothing, furniture, and other items. Also accepts vouchers from other charities.

The Unlimited/Kidz Klozet Elim Baptist Church
Main address is 685 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Distributes free children and women’s clothing. May have Christmas gifts, toys, meals. Other aid is seasonal such as school supplies and backpacks. Low income or single moms can also apply for free birthday gift programs for their kids.





Urban Ventures – People’s Exchange
3041 4th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Call 612-638-1000
Call for referrals, free clothing, household products, and more.

Vine And Branches Clothing Center, Hope Presbyterian Church
7132 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55423
Telephone number is 612-866-4055
Can have holiday and Christmas assistance such as coats, toys, and small household items. Also offers free clothing for people with referrals as well as free, limited use laundry facility by appointment only.

Division of Indian Works Greater MPLS Council of Churches
1001 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55423
Call 612-722-8722
Local churches have free clothing, coats, shoes, and more. The homeless may be given hygiene supplies, blankets, or free sleeping bags too.

East Side Thrift Store
1928 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Call 612-789-0600
The general public can buy clothing, household items, blankets, work attire, etc.

From Me To You
Main address 3953 4th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Telephone number is 612-825-6469
No one is turned away. A free clothing closet for children and adults. Specialists offer coaching on resumes and job interviewing skills.

Dress for Success Twin Cities
1549 University Avenue West
St Paul, MN 55104
Provides professional work attire, clothing, suits, and more. Suits for men, dresses for women, and slacks, dress shirts, blouses and more. There is help for those on an interview or starting work. Find a list of other ways to increase income.




Marie Sandvik Center
Location is 1112 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Main number - 612-870-9617
Meals, clothing, and more.

Martha’s Closet
Central Presbyterian Church
500 Cedar St, St Paul, Minnesota 55101
Call 651-224-4728 for information
The center offers free work clothing for women including coats, clothing, shoes, personal items, and sometimes pantyhose. Need to be referred.

Northside Life Care Center
Clothing closet address is 4367 Thomas Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412
Distributes free diapers and formula, baby clothes, maternity clothing, and more to newborns, pregnant moms, or new mothers. There may also be formula and free food from a pantry.

Oak Park Neighborhood Center
1701 Oak Park Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Provides needed clothing for adults and children.

Pillsbury House
3501 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Telephone number is 612-824-0708

Lord of Life Church
14501 Nowthen Boulevard NW
Ramsey, MN 55303

Ready For Success is offered at Episcopal Community Services
425 Oak Grove St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Dial 612-872-1509 for an appointment
If you have a referral, receive free clothing and personal accessories for men and women returning to work or going on an interview. Career counseling and other employment programs may be offered.

Sabathani Community Center
310 E 38th St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55409
Telephone number is 612-827-5981





Salvation Army has several locations around the twin cities and Hennepin County.
Address is 900 N 4th St, Mpls, MN – 612-332-5855
Another corp center is at 3740 Nicollet Ave, Mpls, Minnesota, dial 612-822-1200
While funding and resources are limited, may have a food pantry, low-cost clothing, household goods, and furniture. Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts may be offered, as well as emergency rental help, energy/water bill assistance, and referrals. During the summer and fall, students from elementary to high school age can get free back to school supplies or uniforms too. More on Salvation Army assistance in Minnesota and the county.

Arc’s Value Village
Brooklyn Center (6330 Brooklyn Blvd) – 763-503-3534
New Hope (2751 Winnetka Ave N) – call 763-544-0006
Richfield (6528 Penn Ave S) – 612-861-9550
Runs a low cost thrift store and sell gently used clothes, basic needs and other household items.

Basilica of St Mary’s
88 N 17th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Call 612-333-1381
Vouchers for house wares, clothing, shoes, coats, pants, and more. May have gently used furniture too.

Angel's of Hope
Center is located at 56395 Forest Boulevard
Pine City, MN 55063

Calvary Kidstuff
Address: 2608 Blaisdell Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
Telephone - 612-872-7855
Is a low cost second-hand store for children’s books, clothing, and toys. There may be some tablets, computers, and bunk beds or other furniture for the young ones too.

CEAP Low Cost thrift store
6840 78th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
The thrift store has items for sale that are very low cost. The location will offer, among other items, women’s, men’s, kid’s clothing, baby accessories, linens, work attire and small housewares in Hennepin County. Covers Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and Champlin residents as well as nearby towns.

Central Lutheran Church
333 12th St S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Hot meals, coats and small household items are provided to the needy.

Location is 1915 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Main telephone - 612-874-1412
Distributes clothing for pregnant mothers and children, and services and advice is offered in Spanish too.

Dignity Center, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
Main address is 511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Provides free clothing vouchers for use at the nearby Steeple People Surplus Store.

New Salem Missionary Baptist Church
Address is 2411 N. Lyndale Ave
Minneapolis 55411
Phone - 612-315-5914
Appointments are needed. It is operated by Sisters Need A Place. The clothing closet may have professional attire for women. There may be shoes and 3 outfits given as well as support from a personal shopper.

Swap Shop, St. Thomas More Church, Free Clothing Distribution
1065 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Distributes coats and winter wear, free clothing and small household supplies, and accepts donations as well.





Birthright of Minneapolis
Medical Arts Building
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Provides maternity and infant clothing, Clothing, Support and Assistance, and will also assist clients in finding and utilizing appropriate public and private community resources.

Multiple Connections
Address 18980 67th Avenue North
Maple Grove, MN 55311
A couple times per year the non-profit arranges a large bi-annual sale featuring used children's and infant clothing, toys, and equipment.

Bethesda Baptist Church
1118 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

Lovepower Church, Meal and Clothing
1407 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454
Dial (612) 672-0087 for hours and intake

Cornerstone Ministries at Park Avenue United Methodist Church
3400 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-825-6864 x561

First Impression
207 South 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Runs a clothing program for the low income and poor.

Closet of Blessings, Clothing Giveaway
St. James AME Church
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
Provides hot meals and food. A free clothing closet may distribute basic goods such as household items and toiletries.

Regional Furniture Bank of Saint Paul, Minneapolis and nearby cities
A wide variety of items are offered. Low income families or those moving into a new home or apartment can get free items. Beds, tables, lights, couches, nightstands, and many other goods are available from the free furniture bank. The phone number is (320) 656-9004.

Grace Church
9301 Eden Prairie Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Clothing Closet and free Community Dinner.

Face to Face Health and Counseling Service, SafeZone
308 Prince Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101





Union Gospel Mission - St. Paul
Address is 77 9th Street East
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
Call (651) 292-1721
Hot meals, winter coats, clothing, and more is offered. There is warm winter attire, boots, gloves, hats, and other supplies from the free clothing bank.

825 Nicollet Mall #702, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Newborns, infants and moms may get free maternity and newborn baby clothes. Also learn about public assistance such as WIC and formula programs.


By Jon McNamara

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