National Thrift Shop Day is on August 17

At 1-800-GOT-JUNK? we donate much of the gently-used “junk” we collect to charity thrift shops, giving back to the communities in which we operate and diverting a large percentage of what we collect from the landfill. Donating to your local thrift shop is an easy way to make a difference in your local area! In celebration of National Thrift Shop Day, coming up on Monday August 17, we have put together a comprehensive list of items most thrift shops will and will not accept.

What is accepted?

Anything you donate to your local thrift shop should be clean and in good, working condition. Do not drop off anything broken, damaged, dirty or incomplete, as the store will have to dispose of these items at its own expense. The following list outlines items that are typically accepted at thrift stores.

  • Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories
  • Housewares
  • Gently-used furniture
  • Small appliances and electronics such as toasters, radios, power tools, irons, blenders, stereos, lamps
  • Exercise and sporting equipment  
  • Musical instruments and art
  • Toys and games that are intact and include all pieces  
  • Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs
  • Kitchenware: pots, pans, dishware, cutlery, glassware, utensils
  • Decor items and knick knacks


What won’t be accepted?

  • Any item that has been recalled, or does not meet current safety standards
  • Helmets
  • Infant safety products: car seats, strollers, cribs, baby-proofing items
  • Beds and bedding parts: frames, mattresses, box springs, coil springs  
  • Automobile parts
  • Construction materials: lumber, tubs, sinks, flooring etc.
  • Any items that operate on, or contain, fuel: barbeques, lawn mowers, weed trimmers
  • Hazardous household materials: paint, batteries, cleaning products
  • Large appliances: Refrigerators, dishwashers, furnaces, stoves, washing machines
  • Water-based sporting equipment: canoes, kayaks, paddle boards etc.

Keep in mind that not all thrift stores accept the same goods, so be sure to double check what your local store will take before dropping off any items. If you are working with 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, our teams are very well-versed in what can and can’t be donated to various charities.

Andrea Hanft is a Public Relations Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and sister companies You Move Me and WOW 1 DAY PAINTING. Originally from Toronto, Andrea is very happy to be a Vancouver newbie, spending her weekends hiking and exploring the city. You can connect with her via LinkedIn.



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