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Guidance for Commonly Donated Items

Appliances (Based on industry-reported life expectancy for each appliance.)

  • Stoves, Cook tops, Ovens, Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators —10 years old or less, perfect working order needing no repair or parts, clean and ready to be used. (Note: no built in ovens)

  • Dishwashers, Microwaves, Garbage Disposals—5 years old or less, perfect working order needing no repair or parts, clean and ready to be used.

  • Furnaces, Heat Pumps, Central A/C’s, Window A/C’s—See “HVAC.”

  • Water Heaters—10 years old or less, perfect working order needing no repair or parts, little to no sediment build-up in the tank (determined by donor’s professional or weight of item at time of inspection).

  • Water Softeners—none.

  • Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers—Portable in good working order only.

  • Handheld and Countertop (Small Household Appliances) - in good working order only.

 

Bath Accessories

  • Towel Bars, Soap Dishes, TP Holders, Toothbrush Holders—Complete with brackets and hardware, wall-mount only- new only on porcelain items.

  • Handicap Grab Bars & Support Items—Complete in good condition with all parts and accessories.

 

Blinds

  • In like new condition.

 

Cabinets: Bases, Uppers, Doors, Drawers, Faces, Hardware

  • Bases and Uppers—Must have all the doors and drawers, no damage, and fairly up to date.

  • Doors (Without Cabinet)—New or like new hardwood only; no plywood doors.

  • Drawers (Without Cabinet)

  • Faces/Fronts—DO NOT TAKE.

  • Medicine—All types, fairly up to date, clean, no damage or rust, to include shelves.

  • Countertops: Laminate—Up to date, 3 feet long and longer. Simple rectangles or L-shapes only. No size or shape requirements if accompanies matching cabinet. No chips, cracks, or other damage to structure or finished surface.

  • Countertops: Corian, Granite, Etc.—No chips, cracks, or other damage to structure or finished surface.

  • Laminate Material—no sheets, rolls accepted.

  • Drawer Guides—Complete sets only, no damage or rust.

  • Cabinet Pulls and Hinges—No excessive wear or paint, complete with no missing pieces, nothing broken, must be boxed

 

Ceiling Fans

  • Working order with all parts, including hanging/ceiling box bracket, reasonably up to date.

  • Before transport, please remove fan blade/arm combinations at the motor to prevent damage and sack or box, if possible, including the screws removed.

 

Ceiling Tile and Accessories

  • Tiles—All types; new in box only. No pieces, water damage, or other damage or deterioration.

  • Packaging must be marked with either manufacture date or containing the words “no asbestos” OR, if not stated on package, written and signed statement required from donor giving where and approximately when item purchased new. Must be manufactured after 1980.

  • Grid Pieces—new, full lengths only, no damage, no rust.

 

Ceramic Tile

  • New, full pieces only; clean and ready to install; not outdated; must be boxed or sacked for transport.

 

Doors

  • Wooden—no rot or splits, no holes, no disfiguration/alteration.

  • Metal & Metal Clad

  • With Windows—no broken glass, no broken seals on double-paned glass.

  • Patio Doors—excellent to good shape, with full frame, no broken seals on double-paned glass.

  • Storm—operable and must include the hinge piece, screen, and window. Top and side frame pieces highly encouraged, but not required.

  • Screen—Complete, no rot or damage, prefer screen material to be intact, but some damage acceptable.

  • Commercial—with manager approval only on a case-by-case basis.

 

Drywall & Accessories

  • Sheets—Useable 2’x2’ sheet or larger, no irregular shapes. No water damage or mold.

  • Joint Compound (Mud)—New, unopened, and not expired.

  • Tape—Clean and dry, never damp. Partial rolls accepted.

  • Corner Bead—Full, undamaged sticks; if rolled, partial rolls accepted.

 

Electrical Supplies

  • Fairly up to date, no corrosion or rust, assorted is fine, must be boxed or sacked, no incomplete kits (if applicable), no commercial.

  • For light fixtures, see “Light Fixtures.”

 

Fireplaces & Accessories

  • Fireplace Inserts—Good condition with all parts, well-maintained, relatively clean, with Manager’s Approval.

  • Fireplaces, Stand-Alone— Good condition with all parts, well-maintained, relatively clean with good cosmetic appearance.

  • Fronts and Doors

  • Tools—individual or in sets, good condition.

  • Wood Cradles, Etc.—Undamaged with little to no rust.

 

Flooring

  • Wood—All types, useable lengths (2 ft. or more), no nails, rot, or other damage. If tongue and groove, ‘tongues’ and ‘grooves’ must be intact.

  • Parquet—Full pieces, no rot or damage, boxed or sacked for handling.

  • Laminate—minimum 3ft long, no rot or damage.

  • Vinyl, Rolled—New only, 6’ x 6’ and larger, no cracks or other damage. In original packaging marked with either manufacture date or containing the words “no asbestos” OR written and signed statement required from donor giving where and approximately when item purchased new. Must be manufactured after 1980.

  • Vinyl, Tiles—New only, both adhesive and non-adhesive, full pieces, boxed or sacked for handling. 

 

Furniture

  • Hard Furniture (i.e. wooden or wooden and metal furniture) such as tables, chairs, coffee tables, hutches, entertainment centers, etc. Must be in very good condition with all parts and hardware.

  • Tables, chairs, benches, swings, and umbrellas accepted. Little to no rust, well-maintained, sturdy; if plastic, not cracked or brittle with Manager’s approval. Cushions only if accompanied by matching furniture, in excellent to very good condition.

 

Hardware

  • Door Locks and Knobs— all acceptable

  • Hinges— all acceptable

  • Miscellaneous— all acceptable

 

HVAC

  • Furnaces

  • Air Conditioners (Central Outdoor Unit)

  • Evaporators (A-Coils)

  • Air Conditioners (Window) } ALL CONDITIONS AND TYPES ACCEPTED FOR ALL!

  • Duct

  • Duct Fittings

  • Vents/Covers

 

Insulation

  • Backed & Unbacked—new only, clean and never damp, rolled, bound, or otherwise contained for transport.

  • Blown—new only, in original packaging.

  • Sheet—new or like new, 1/2 sheet or larger, clean with no holes or damage.

 

Light Fixtures

  • Fluorescent Lights—Ballast label must state “no PCB’s.” Ballast must be exposed at time of pick up for inspection.

  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs

  • Compact Fluorescent and Incandescent Light Bulbs—New in package only.

 

Lumber

  • No rotten or deteriorated areas, not excessively weathered. If painted, no peeling paint and no more than one coat. UNPAINTED PERFERRED.

  • Dimensional—4 feet and longer.

  • Sheets— 2’x2’ useable sheet and larger, no irregular shapes.

  • Trim

 

Mirrors

  • In good condition with no chips, cracks, or discoloration. No mirrors without frame or larger than one person can safely handle.

 

Nails

  • Sorted by type and size, boxed or sacked no rust.

 

Paint

  • All Latex Paint—Consumer labels intact and readable, no leaking, rusty, or damaged beyond use (lid must work). Contents never frozen. Nothing labeled “Industrial Use Only” or “Professional Use Only.” Less than five years old.

  • 5 gallon Buckets

  • Spray Paint – container must be full, nozzle functions, and agitator ball rattles freely. Must have cap/lid.

 

Patio furniture

  • Tables, chairs, benches, swings, and umbrellas accepted. Must be in useable condition. If plastic- not cracked or brittle with Manager’s approval. Cushions only if accompanied by matching furniture, in excellent to very good condition.

 

Plumbing Supplies

  • Clean, assorted are fine, boxed or sacked, no incomplete kits (if applicable). No fitted/glued pieces.

  • PVC/ABS Primer, Cleaner, & Cement—sealed in original container, must expire no less than six months from the date of donation.

 

Screws

  • Sorted by type and size, boxed or sacked, no rust.

 

Shelving

  • Pieces—All materials acceptable. Must be in good, clean condition. 3ft or longer

  • Assembled Shelving Units

  • Wire shelving- all acceptable

 

Shutters

  • Wooden—interior or exterior, good shape with no damage, rot, multiple layers of paint, or excess peeling.

  • Vinyl—good condition, no damage, brittleness, or heavy fading

 

Siding

  • Vinyl—new, full, undamaged pieces or accessories only.

  • Wooden/Hardboard—4’ long or longer for lengths, at least 2’x2’ sheet large for sheets/panels, full pieces for shake-type, no damage or rot.

 

Sinks

  • General

  • Kitchen—Normal wear and tear ok, no chips or deep scratches in finish.

  • Bathroom Wall Mount—Must have all mounting hardware.

  • Bathroom Bowl—new or used porcelain, cast iron, steel, or plastic ok.

  • Vanity Tops—New and used acceptable, single and double bowl. Must be rectangular in shape (no irregular shapes) unless with matching cabinet. No chips, cracks, ‘spider veins’ in bowl, or excessive wear.

  • Pedestal Sinks—New and used acceptable. No chips, cracks, ‘spider veins’ in bowl, or excessive wear, must have all mounting hardware.

Toilets

  • Clean, no chips or cracks, complete with bowl, tank, and tank lid. Accepted upon inspection and Manager’s approval.

 

Tools

  • Hand— all acceptable

  • Power— all acceptable

  • Gas-Powered— all acceptable- if picked-up must be empty of gas

 

Windows

  • Single/Double-Hung, Slider, Casement/Awning, Fixed/Picture, & Architectural—double-paned, wooden, vinyl, or metal construction acceptable. Must have full jamb (not just sashes; see “sashes” under “Window Parts”), no rot, no broken glass or seals, fully operational. With screens. Single pane with Manager’s Approval.

  • Storm, Aluminum- all acceptable, with screens

  • Storm, Wooden—None.

  • Storm, Steel

 

WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT:

 

  • Chemicals (cleaning solvents, gas, etc.)

  • Used Mattresses 

  • Mirrors or Glass not in Frames

  • Any items deemed hazardous or unsafe by ReStore Staff.