Drake Hall, Oak Dr E Ext, Hamilton, NY 13346, USA

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Located under the Drake Hall Tunnel, the Free Store is an initiative by Colgate's Office of Sustainability that aims to reduce landfill waste of usable goods, while increasing equitable access to items students need. We accept donations from during open hours, clean and weigh the items, and "sell" them for free in our small store setting. Items include: clothing hangers, hampers, soft storage, books, clothing, shoes, kitchen supplies, and more.

Now accepting donations! To donate, please see our accepted items below and bring your clean, usable items during open store hours only. Please do not leave donations outside of the Free Store during closed hours.

Accepted Items:

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Hangers
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • School Supplies
  • Kitchen Supplies
  • Small Functional Electronics
  • Lamps & Fans
  • Mirrors
  • Clean Waste Bins
  • Laundry Hampers
  • Shower Caddies
  • Dorm Decorations
  • Small Furniture
  • Mini-fridges & Microwaves

Not Accepted Items:

  • Damaged or Stained Clothing
  • Broken or Overused Items
  • Large Furniture 
  • Food (take it to the food pantries instead) 
  • Mattress Toppers
  • Used Makeup and medications
  • Undergarments and socks

Important Shopping Notes:

  • All Colgate students are invited to shop and donate.
  • Only 5 people are permitted in the Free Store at a time.
  • Only take 5 items per person per day. Only 1 of the 5 can be a red-tagged (high-value)
  • All items are completely free.
  • Check out with Free Store staff before leaving! We only take the item number to track our inventory and do not collect any personal information.
  • Be excited that you are preventing landfill waste on campus!

Please email sustainability@colgate.edu with any questions.

Change to Hours
Friday, Sept. 29 - Open from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. due to the Community Garden Fall Harvest Festival
Friday, Oct. 6 and Tuesday, Oct. 10 - Closed due to Fall Break
Tuesday, October 10 -Closed due to Fall Break
Friday, Nov. 17, Tuesday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 24 - Closed due to Thanksgiving Break

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