Whether you’re planning to move, need to clear the clutter out of your home, or just want to contribute to charity, donating to a thrift store is a great idea. It helps give your belongings a new life and can benefit the thrift store you donate to. Many places gladly welcome donations and are happy to work with you. You can even get a receipt to write your donation off on your next tax return! When determining what to take to the thrift store for donation, keep in mind that not everything you have is appropriate.
Many thrift stores will not take furniture, large appliances, or other oversized items. If your donation is too ripped, stained, or worn-out, they will not take these items. Charitable organizations usually operate thrift shops and have mostly volunteers for employees. Dumping all of your extra stuff at a thrift store can add extra work to their already overloaded employees, even if it’s unusable. They have to take the time to sort through your donation, throw away any trash or useless items and find a way to dispose of them. For help determining what sort of things are inappropriate to donate to a thrift store, keep reading!
50. Anything Outdated
Thrift stores are a great place to shop when you are looking for items that you do not want to spend a lot of money on. However, if you are on the other end and donating to a thrift store, you should be mindful of what you choose to donate. People who shop at thrift stores most likely have flat-screen TVs and DVD players at home, so they’re not on the hunt for a bulky TV or cassette player. You may want to donate your huge VHS tape collection and VCR, but it has a small chance of selling. Most thrift stores won’t even consider taking outdated technology.
In addition to the old school televisions, old books and electronics are also a no-go for donating. Would you go into a thrift store looking for a book from the 1980s? How about an original CD player? Some thrift stores will reject older items as they are unlikely to sell quickly and take up space. It’s best to take old things like this to an electronics recycler to dispose of them correctly. You could also try listing old electronics on a marketplace app to see if anyone is interested. You might even consider donating your old books to your local library.