Donations & Thrift Stores

  • Donate Unused Possessions.  Most people have accumulated unused possessions which could be much better utilized by someone who canít afford to buy them.
  • If in Doubt about your Donation:   Call the organization to which you wish to donate and make certain it is an item they want, need, and will accept.
  • What to Give:  furniture in good condition; lamps; dishes; art and collectibles; toys and books in good condition; small electrical appliances such as VCRís and TVís that work; sporting goods; clothing, shoes, coats and sportswear in good condition; clean linens without rips or stains.  If you would not give it to a friend or family member, do not put the burden of disposal on the charitable agency.
  • What to Avoid:  Paints and chemicals; large appliances such as refrigerators, washers and dryers; stained, torn or damaged coil mattresses; tubs, toilets or sinks; stained or soiled carpets; tires or rims.

  • Call one of the Thrift Stores to pick up items at your home.

  • Organize a service project for a charity at your business, school, church, or in your neighborhood.  Have a list of specific items (childrenís books, prescription eyeglasses, musical instruments, womenís clothing, etc.) which they need, and to where they will be donated.  Set both a start date and an end date, and designate a place for storing and sorting the donated items.  You might also ask a representative of the organization you are helping to speak to your group about what the organization does, and what kinds of help are needed.

  • Organize a Community Baby Shower, and give donations to organizations which help those in need.  Ask citizens to drop off baby items at specific store locations (prearranged).  Ask local news stations to advertise the baby shower.
  • Important Tax Law Note:   Current tax laws state that you cannot take a deduction for donated household goods, clothing, furniture, etc., unless they are in good used condition or better. A household good that is not in good used condition or better for which you take a deduction of more than $500 requires a qualified appraisal.

  • Tax Tip:  You cannot deduct any charitable donation unless you itemize your deductions.  Be aware of important tax-law changes that became effective in 2005.  (Tom Herman, Wall Street Journal, August 25, 2013)

  • Donation Value Guide.  The Salvation Army provides a list of the average prices in their family stores for items in good condition.  This list is provided for your guidance only

What You Can Do
  • Donate new or unused items and personal skills to non-profit organizations which serve those in need.
Local Organizations