Mattresses and futons
Includes futon frames and sleeper sofas. These items can be accepted by the following organizations, please contact them for more information: Salvation Army: www.satruck.org OR MA Coalition for the Homeless: www.mahomeless.org
Includes monitors, printers, and PCs because we are unable to properly clear and test systems. Also, disposal is costly if the items are unusable.
We only accept TVs that have been manufactured in the last 5 years, are cable ready, and have component (red/white/yellow) inputs. The year of manufacture is typically listed on a label on the back. All TVs must be tested before the donor leaves. We can only take them if sound works, picture is clear, and they're ready for cable hookup. We also accept working flat screen (LED/LCD/Plasma) TVs. Please note, as with unusable computers, disposing of older TVs that don't meet these specifics is costly for us.
Sheets, bed pillows, and towels
We are unable to sell used bedding, but the MSPCA on South Huntington in Jamaica Plain will use these items in their animal shelter.
Includes stoves, washer/dryers, etc. We are unable to test and store these items. The AIDS Action Committee can sometimes use full size refrigerators for clients. Check with client services at 617-437-6200. For other appliances check with the Building Materials Resource Center to see if they can use the item.
Kitchen Cabinets, building materials, and used paint
We are unable to sell these items, but check with Building Materials Resource Center to see if they can use them.
Small appliances with filters
Includes air conditioners and most humidifiers because the sale of used filter items is prohibited by Massachusetts health regulations.
We only accept brand new toys. Used toys can pose a health and liability risk. We also do not take opened puzzles or board games. Check with Cradles to Crayons for used toy donations.
Baby products strollers, car seats, and cribs
We can never take items that hold children. There are liability risks involved, and we are unable to keep up with re-calls on these products. Check with Cradles to Crayons.
We are not licensed to sell food. Please donate unexpired items to your local food bank. Visit the Greater Boston Food Bank for more information.
Encylopedias and periodicals
These items become outdated quickly and are difficult to sell. We also cannot take any books with water damage or mold because of health risks.
Skis and golf clubs
Unfortunately these items just do not sell. We understand that they are costly new, but we have trouble selling them even when we price them very low. Also, they are difficult to safely display.
Very large exercise equipment (e.g. Bowflex Machines)
Small bikes and stair steppers are great. Treadmills are fine as long as they are in working condition.
Furniture that is broken, damaged or missing pieces
A store manager will evaluate furniture based on its condition and how much room we have available in the store. Some items, such as large office furniture may be refused based on available space.
Undergarments, used foot spas, used toiletries, used socks, etc. We are unable to sell these items due to customer health concerns. Brand new toiletries are accepted.