Last day for Goodwill donation station in West Seattle

(WSB photo)

Thanks to Rae for the tip: The Goodwill donation station in West Seattle will be gone after today. It’s been there for six and a half years, but the site at 4746 Fauntleroy Way SW has since been slated for redevelopment and the project (a 300+-unit, two-building mixed-use plan that cleared Design Review in April) is ramping up. When we went over to confirm after getting the tip, the Goodwill attendant told us they’re closing at 4 pm today, so if you’ve been meaning to take something there – you have just a few more hours. He also said they’ve been looking for a replacement site in West Seattle for months but have yet to find one. With Goodwill’s departure, Northwest Center will have the lone take-donations-to-a-truck spot in West Seattle (4712 44th SW) for now

28 Replies to "Last day for Goodwill donation station in West Seattle"

  • Trickycoolj September 29, 2018 (2:06 pm)

    More often than not they weren’t there during posted hours when I stopped and then opened and picked through my items and got really judgy last time they were there. Everything was in good condition. It wasn’t like I was passing off garbage trying to avoid dump fees. Just left a really bad taste in my mouth.

    • Kelly September 30, 2018 (5:43 pm)

      I agree, this is no loss. They put their “full” sign up to avoid having to do anything and just sat there on their lawn chairs waving people through. Sadly made me not want to support Goodwill any longer.

  • 4thGenWestSide September 29, 2018 (2:27 pm)

    Such a bummer. It was so handy to bring things down there that we could t use any more but would be helpful to others. I wish I knew of a commercial location that would be willing to allow them to relocate to, even if it was temporary. Anyone out there in need of some good karma?

    • WSB September 29, 2018 (3:15 pm)

      I will be following up with their HQ on Monday to ask about their criteria, and also with the site developers to see how soon they plan to start.

    • Lisa September 29, 2018 (9:20 pm)

      Try your local buy nothing group for items that still have some life left in them.

  • kalo September 29, 2018 (3:12 pm)

    Last couple of times I was there, the sign was up saying the truck was full. Early in the day, too. The person in the booth couldn’t be bothered.
    I started taking stuff directly to their store at 128th and Ambaum.

  • Joe September 29, 2018 (3:59 pm)

    Wow. The comments here will teach anyone to provide a free service.

  • Flylow September 29, 2018 (4:09 pm)

    Joe. If they’d been taught how to provide a service these comment’s wouldn’t be here.

  • MWC September 29, 2018 (4:26 pm)

    Wonder if they contacted RiteAid on California, with its 3-acre parking lot. Seems like that would have been an ideal location and generated business for Rite-Aid

  • Anne September 29, 2018 (5:00 pm)

    To all those complaining- been taking things there since they’ve been there- NEVER had a problem – folks working always friendly & courteous-loading my things & never did anyone ever pick through my stuff. Over the years their policies changed a bit- no longer accepted things like high chairs, cribs, car seats. Thanks Big Blue Truck & all who worked there for the many years of service. Hope a new location is found.

    • WSB September 29, 2018 (5:16 pm)

      Just so nobody gets confused: Big Blue Truck is the official name of Northwest Center’s dropoff/pickup service, and they are continuing on 44th (so far as I know)! This story is about Goodwill’s dropoff truck (also blue) off Fauntleroy.

  • Vanessa September 29, 2018 (5:27 pm)

    MCW that’s a great idea about the Rite Aide lot.

  • HTB September 29, 2018 (6:03 pm)

    Off topic, but did West Seattle Produce ever find a new space?

    • WSB September 29, 2018 (6:12 pm)

      Not according to the last thing they posted online, though that’s been a few months. I checked before publishing this. Will be following up with them too.

  • Seabruce September 29, 2018 (8:20 pm)

    How about also mentioning donations to the West Seattle Senior Center?

    • WSB September 29, 2018 (8:22 pm)

      There are many places and organizations to which people can donate items. We publicize them often. As far as I know, though, NW Center is the only other dropoff truck for large items, and that’s why I mentioned it. – TR

      • Seabruce September 30, 2018 (7:54 pm)

        Thanks for the clarification about large items, since I didn’t see that in the original post, and I once donated a large 50″ flat screen TV to the WS Senior Center with no difficulty that they accepted. :)

  • second that September 29, 2018 (8:37 pm)

    somewhat happy to hear goodwill truck was an equal opportunity offender. I also had them pick through donations, truck full sign before lunch, two days in a row, employees that wouldn’t get up out of lawn chairs and the last straw was when they refused to move a box from the back of my truck, a whole ten feet, to their truck. good riddance.

  • Krisin H September 29, 2018 (9:06 pm)

    I’ve always had easy and friendly drop offs of items at the goodwill store in Burien! Not as handy for northenders, but the upside is you can go inside to do some shopping to fill up your house again….😜😁

    • sam-c October 1, 2018 (2:56 pm)

      Or, stop next door at Guadalupe market to get some salsa for game day; the best salsa I’ve ever had.

  • Annaeileen September 29, 2018 (9:57 pm)

    I loved this location; it was very convenient for us. I am sader West Seattle produce is gone but this was convenient fior is.

  • Joan September 30, 2018 (10:21 am)

    I didn’t realize there was still a Goodwill truck there! I have been using the Northwest Center truck near the Junction for a while now and it’s always easy to go there.

  • Kayla September 30, 2018 (11:05 am)

    I just want everyone to know that Northwest Center is NOT a non-profit and has some very questionable practices. Mostly they take what you donate and sell to other places, mostly overseas.

  • Kayla September 30, 2018 (7:49 pm)

    Yes, that is more accurate.

  • Derek September 30, 2018 (9:42 pm)

    All of the vehicles in the parking lot off of 38th, just south of the Les Schwab are gone too. As that’s part of this same project, I think groundbreaking must be close at hand.

    And would love to hear any more info that come up about West Seattle Produce. Really miss that business.

  • Kendra October 1, 2018 (12:39 am)

    The Senior Center takes donations and helps our seniors. Bring them nice things so they can actually make some money.

  • gooseface October 1, 2018 (11:38 am)

    We had difficulties with this location too – more often than not we ended up with a wasted trip and had to go to the Burien location – so we just started going to Burien first. Our experience with this WS location was very unreliable.

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