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Donating With Us

  • When? We accept donations anytime we are open. 
  • What? We accept any item except for food, mattresses and old tube TV's. 
  • Pick Up? We do have a free pick up for furniture and large-scale donations. Please email us at to send pictures of your items. We will communicate whether or not we can schedule the pick up.  

We sincerely appreciate each and every donation received. 

A hearty THANK YOU to everyone who chooses to support us. 

Our Founding Story

Family Tree was founded by Elizabeth Basa, a Chicago-native who grew up thrift shopping throughout the city. 

Inspired by her mother's experiences with social services, a desire to help others, and passions for the environment and resale, Elizabeth founded Family Tree in 2009. 

Her goal is to service families in need throughout the entire local community, benefit the planet and make the best possible thrift shops for people to enjoy.

The name Family Tree represents the fusion of her inclusive views of community, and the interconnectedness of people with each other and with the environment. 

Elizabeth is also a science educator and writer and solo parent to three wonderful young people. 

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