Why don’t you accept certain items as donations?

Though we greatly appreciate everyone who wants to donate to the Habitat ReStore, we are unable to accept all items. Sometimes, the reason is related to safety concerns (such as unframed glass and mirrors, lead paint, certain chemicals, etc.) and other times it is for legal reasons (such as used mattresses, baby equipment, recalls, etc.) We also have found that we just can’t sell certain items (such as couches that have rips or stains, and older appliances).

When we do end up with these types of items, nobody buys them and we end up having to pay to dispose of the things we cannot recycle, repair or clean. This takes valuable time and money. Whether or not we can accept your donation, we appreciate you thinking of Habitat.