Office of Energy and Sustainability

Free Store

Racks of clothing and a desk
The Free Store space located in Asia House Basement
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Office of Energy and Sustainability

The Free Store, located in the basement of Asia House, houses an assortment of free items that are available for anyone to take, including clothing, kitchenware, books, accessories, school supplies, crafts, etc. Our aim is to collect and redistribute functional, clean resources that would otherwise be thrown away.

Students sit in the bed of a pickup truck
RCT staff on their way to a pop-up Free Store event in Lorain.


College students and community members are encouraged to make donations either at the Free Store during our hours, or through our new dorm bin system. Towards the end of Spring 2023, donation bins will be located in residential dorms for students to drop off their unwanted (but usable!) items, which will be collected on a weekly basis and brought to the Free Store. Donations can also be made by appointment.

Do's and Don'ts of Free Store Donations

Do Donate
  • Lightly used, clean clothing
  • Functional appliances
  • Unopened products
Don't Donate
  • Stained, ripped, dirty clothing
  • Broken, unusable materials
  • Food/trash
Students holding up donated clothing items
RCT staff trying on fun Free Store outfits at a clothing pop-up in Wilder Bowl.

Hours of Opperation

Because our hours of operation change on a semesterly basis, be sure to check our social media platforms to receive updates on official hours, schedule changes, and event details pertaining to the Free Store.

More Information

Feel free to check out our Free Store zine to get more information about the history of the Free Store and how we operate. 

Location: Asia House (Quadrangle) Basement 024, 40 West Lorain St, Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone: (440) 775-8996 (please call during our hours of operation, listed on social media)