Guidelines For Acceptable and Non-Acceptable Items

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Most Needed Items

We gratefully accept items that can be sold in our stores to support our Mission Services. While we will accept all sellable merchandise some of our most highly desired items are:

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Furniture and some appliances*
  • Domestics (e.g. sheets, towels, comforters)
  • Books
  • CD's, DVD's, records, tapes
  • Antiques, collectables, jewelry
  • Household items (e.g. dishes, housewares)
  • Electrical (e.g. radios, clocks, lamps)
  • Accessories (e.g. handbags, belts, scarves)
  • Computers, printers and monitors**
  • Automobiles, boats
  • Commercial Donations

*Goodwill accepts clean, usable furniture and clean operational appliances that can be sold in our stores. For employee safety, we ask that these large item donations be made at our retail locations whenever possible.

**Goodwill partners with Dell in RECONNECT, a free program for consumers to responsibly recycle unwanted computers and electronics. Computers, printers and monitors of any make, any condition are accepted. Data is cleaned according to the US Department of Defense standards or destroyed. For more information, visit

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Items We Cannot Accept

It's hard to say "no thank you" to a donation. However, if an item is not saleable, the costs of handling or disposal pull funds that would otherwise support our mission. Please dispose of these items through an alternative responsible resource, such as your local recycling center or municipality.

  • Large household appliances: stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, air conditioners, water heaters that do not work or are in bad condition.
  • Large items that do not work: microwave ovens, copy machines. Goodwill cannot repair these items.
  • Building materials: carpet, shutters, doors, windows, toilets, lumber, concrete, bricks, stones.
  • Mattresses, box springs with any sign of stain, damage or wear.
  • Couches and chairs that are torn, excessively soiled or damaged.
  • TVs as follows: large console TVs are heavy and present a safety hazard; non-cable-ready TVs cannot be connected to converters and have no resale value; broken/damaged TVs are potentially dangerous; black & white TVs have no resale value.
  • Automobile parts: tires, wheels, batteries, seats, body parts and engines.
  • Paint or chemicals. Because of the inherent risks of these materials and cost of disposal Goodwill cannot accept them.
  • Kerosene and gas heaters/appliances. Goodwill does not sell items of this kind and disposal is labor intensive and expensive.
  • CPSC recalled items: infant furniture cribs, strollers, carriages, playpens, car seats; children's items containing lead or phthalates.

These lists are to be used as guidelines. There may be other items not listed that we cannot use in our stores or which must be turned down due to size, condition or suitability.