Acceptable Items

Your donations are the foundation of our mission's success. We can't take EVERYTHING... but we can take MOST of it!




(must be clean, smoke-free and in working order)

  • Antiques and collectibles
  • Art, paintings, sculptures, photos
  • Bikes
  • Blinds, curtain rods (new in box/packaging only)
  • Books: children’s and adults
  • Ceramics
  • Clothing: all sizes, also scrubs, uniforms
  • Costumes
  • Dishes, china, glasses
  • DVDs and videocassettes
  • Electronics: cameras, DVD players, VCRS, stereos, turntables, speakers, clocks, radios, game consoles, phones
  • Fabrics, sewing, yarn, Art/Craft supplies
  • Furniture: home and office
  • Games, puzzles, toys: clean with all parts and pieces
  • Gardening/potting supplies, tools
  • Greeting cards, postcards
  • Hardware: tools, cords, adaptors, etc.
  • Hair and beauty: clothes irons, curling irons, hair dryers
  • Holiday items (No Christmas Holiday themed items will be accepted Jan. 30 – Sept. 30, 2018)
  • Home décor: rugs, vases, artificial flowers and plants, baskets, candles, candleholders, mirrors
  • Jewelry, watches
  • Kitchen: pots, pans, baking, cooking utensils, Tupperware, Rubbermaid, lunch boxes Knickknacks, souvenir items
  • Lamps Linens: pillows, quilts, blankets, curtains, sheets, towels
  • Magazines: craft, needlepoint, sewing
  • Mattresses: futons, box-springs
  • Musical instruments (except organs), sheet music
  • Office supplies
  • Party supplies
  • Pet supplies
  • Pictures, posters, frames
  • Purses, wallets, ties, suspenders, belts hats, gloves, scarves, hankies, tights
  • Records, tapes, CDs
  • School supplies
  • Shoes, boots, slippers
  • Small kitchen appliances: microwave ovens (made within the last 5 years), coffee makers, bread makers, ice-cream makers, waffle irons, electric grills, blenders, grinders, mixers
  • Sports Items: seasonally appropriate
  • Store fixtures: mannequins, clothing racks, commercial shelving, shopping carts
  • Suitcases, backpacks
  • Televisions, made within the last 5 years
  • Video and computer games
  • Vintage and retro clothing


  • Recalled items 
  • Toxic or unsafe goods
  • Wet, moldy or mildewed items
  • Items that smell of cigarette smoke or mothballs
  • Disassembled items/furniture
  • Items containing freon — this includes mini refrigerators and dehumidifiers due to high freon disposal costs
  • Items in poor condition, dirty, broken, missing parts and/or pieces  
  • Baby Equipment: car seats, booster seats, baths, cribs, high chairs, swings, play pens, walkers, potty chairs, strollers
  • Building materials
  • Cleaners, household paints, industrial solvents, lamp oil
  • Computers, printers, monitors, toner, ink cartridges
  • Encyclopedias, textbooks, Readers Digest, software manuals
  • Food (including decorative bottles containing oil/herbs)
  • Electronics/lamps with exposed wiring (must have outlet plug)
  • Helmets, flotation devices, life jackets Inflatable items
  • Large appliances, including all refrigerators and dehumidifiers (anything containing freon)
  • Large exercise equipment/machines
  • Microwaves older than 5 years
  • Stained clothes, mattresses, futons
  • Stuffed animals
  • Televisions older than 5 years
  • Tents
  • Underwear
Don’t see it listed here? Call the shop at 734-996-9155 to arrange for your donation of unique or unusual items. REMEMBER TO PICK UP YOUR TAX-DEDUCTION RECEIPT!
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IRS Information for Donors

IRS Publication 561 Determining the Value of Donated Property
IRS Publication 526 Charitable Contributions
IRS Form 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions

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Contact Information

2280 S. Industrial Hwy.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 996-9155

Open for Shopping
M-F: 10am-7pm
Sat: 9am-6pm
Sun: 11am-5pm

Open for Donations*
M, Th & F: 10am-6pm
*CLOSED Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: Noon-4pm

*We do not accept donations during inclement weather due to spoilage from moisture. Thank you for your understanding.