Surprising Things Goodwill® Will Take

You’ll be surprised by what some Goodwill® Stores will take!

The bay area chapter of NAPO recently hosted a field trip to the Goodwill® of San Francisco, San Mateo & Marin headquarters. We were surprised to learn the range of items Goodwill® takes because it has downstream markets worldwide.

We were excited to share this information with our readers but in checking our local Goodwill® region, Goodwill® of the Greater East Bay, their policies are not as broad.

In addition to the standard re-useable household items and clothing, most Goodwill®s will also take the following –

  • Down blankets
  • Decorative pillows (living room type)
  • Vinyl records
  • TV and CRT monitors, working or not

As with most charities, Goodwill® does NOT take:

  • Used bed pillows or mattresses
  • Furniture made from particle board
  • Microwaves
  • Weapons
  • Baby Equipment
  • Garbage

Leading the way in the area of re-use and re-purposing is the Goodwill® of San Francisco, San Mateo & Marin. Beyond what they can re-sell in their stores, they collect items to sell in downstream markets outside of the Bay Area.

  • Single shoes (there are amputees worldwide who can use a single shoe)
  • Rags
  • Dirty clothes (separate from clean)
  • Damaged/dirty/mildew contaminated fabrics, dirty, worn-out shoes, severely damaged and worn pots and pans
  • High end items to be re-sold on eBay

Here are ways for you to help Goodwill® get the most from your donations:

  • Separate donations by category  Marking bags/boxes with categories saves them time
  • Décor – glass items need to be wrapped separately to prevent breakage
  • Toys – keep boxes sealed so they don’t spill their contents and become unsellable

Expect Exceptions

Each Goodwill® location will have different rules for what they will accept. Call ahead or check your local website before making a trip.

Give yourself the gift of good feeling as you clear clutter and give to a charity that helps people enter the workplace through skills training and education.


1 Comment

Filed under Decluttering, General Organizing, Perspective, Reduce/Recyle/Reuse

One response to “Surprising Things Goodwill® Will Take

  1. The information is flat out helpful.  Thanks you two.  Jack

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