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Donation FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Donations


What can I expect to find at my local thrift store?

Cool clothing, fun accessories, great housewares, and more. You can find gently used pieces from high-end designers or framed prints and originals from beloved artists. (Check out this story about a Columbus, Ohio thrifter who found an original Picasso at one of our locations). But you can also find the basics and staples you need for your everyday on the racks and shelves in any of our stores. You'll love the price, and you'll be happy to know it's going to a good cause.

Where can I donate my clothes?

If you've got clothing you no longer wear, housewares you no longer use, and more, we are happy to take your donations. We have thrift stores and drop-off locations all over Ohio. Click here to see our complete list of locations.

Can I get a tax write-off for my thrift store donations?

Yes, you can! All donations (in good condition) are tax-deductible. For your records, the Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio's Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 34-0861121.

What kinds of thrift store donations will you accept?

We accept most used clothing and household wares that are in good condition. That includes, but is not exclusive to, the items on the list below. If you have any questions, call our donation line at 1-800-873-4505.

  • Bicycles
  • Blankets, sheets, pillows
  • books and magazines
  • CDs
  • Clocks
  • Clothing (men's, women's, children's)
  • Coats and jackets
  • Computers (preferably a complete set no more than 3 years old including monitor, processor/tower and keyboard)
  • Craft supplies
  • Curtains or drapes
  • Dishes, Pots and pans silverware and cooking utensils
  • Electric heaters
  • Furniture in good condition (call for all details: 1-800-873-4505)
  • Jewelry
  • Musical instruments
  • Pictures, paintings, wall décor
  • Records, tapes
  • Shoes
  • Small working appliances
  • Sports equipment
  • Tools
  • Toys and games

What items are not accepted?

We accept most clothing and household goods; however, we do have some restrictions on donations due to safety issues and/or cost of transportation. The following is a list of items that we cannot accept. If you have any questions, please call our donation line at 1-800-873-4505.

  • Stove hoods
  • Double-oven stoves
  • Stovetop ranges
  • Built-in appliances
  • Gas stoves
  • Gas dryers
  • Bath tubs
  • Bed frames without box springs or mattresses
  • Business telephone systems
  • Canning jars
  • Children's car seats
  • Computers (older than 3 years)
  • Console stereos
  • Craftmatic® adjustable beds
  • Electric beds
  • Encyclopedias
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Furnaces
  • Garage door openers
  • Home gyms, weight benches or weights
  • Hospital beds
  • Jungle gyms or swing sets
  • Large desk/metal desks
  • Large office copiers
  • Large trampolines
  • Lift chairs
  • Magazines
  • Mangles
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Paint
  • Pianos/organs
  • Ping pong tables
  • Single tires
  • Slate pool tables
  • Sump pumps
  • Televisions
  • Text books
  • Trophies
  • Vending machines
  • Water beds
  • Water heaters
  • Water softeners

**Please note: We do not accept items that need repair or major cleaning.

Lawnmowers must have the gas tanks emptied. Riding mowers must have inflated tires.

Still have questions? We have answers (and we're happy to help).

Call us at 1-800-873-4505 or email us at askthrift@voago.org.