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Donation Do's and Don'ts

Donation Do's


  • Clothing - men\'s, women\'s, boys\', girls\', and infants
  • Footwear - shoes and boots
  • Outerwear - hats, gloves, mittens and scarves
  • Accessories - purses, jewelry and belts

Books, Media and Toys

  • Books, school textbooks records, compact discs, videotapes and DVDs
  • Games, bikes, sporting equipment and toys
  • Playground equipment

Household Goods and furniture

  • Housewares - dishes, kitchen utensils, lamps and small appliances
  • Knickknacks (giftware)
  • Décor - lamps, paintings, frames, shelves, baskets and wall decorations.
  • Furniture - dressers, tables, bedframes and sofas (drop off at select locations - home pick-up not available)
  • Antiques and collectibles
  • Hardware and tools
  • Domestics - curtains, drapery, blinds, linen, bedspreads, blankets, etc.

Electronics and computers

  • Computers, printers and accessories
  • Televisions (TVs should work. It is now against Indiana State Regulations to dispose of TVs with regular trash services), TV recording/viewing devices (VHS, DVD, etc.), video game consoles and accessories, video equipment and digital photo frames.

Donation Don'ts

  • Large appliances – refrigerators, stoves, washers/dryers, etc.
  • Automobile parts of any kind – tires, rims, hubcaps, etc.
  • Hot water heaters
  • Furnaces
  • Carpeting and padding
  • Mattresses, bed springs, sofa beds, hospital beds
  • Magazines
  • Household trash and garbage
  • Scrap lumber, concrete, bricks, stones
  • Air conditioning units
  • Paint, household chemicals, insecticides, etc.
  • Food items
  • Any items that have been recalled, banned, or do not meet current Consumer Product Safety Commission standards. Dispose of those items immediately.

Why does Goodwill not accept some items?

All donations that Goodwill can sell in its stores are greatly appreciated. However, when Goodwill receives items that cannot be used, staff must dispose of them, raising expenses and reducing the revenue available for employment and educational services.

Why does Goodwill throw some items away?

Where possible, items that are placed on the sales floor but do not sell are recycled and sold for salvage.
When Goodwill receives items that it cannot sell, such as broken, torn or damaged items or products that have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, we are forced to dispose of those items for the safety of our customers. The fees for disposal of these items raise our expenses and reduce the revenue available for employment and educational services.