Are you unsure about what items are best to donate? Some people don’t like causing us more work by giving us items that aren’t good enough to resell.

Since joining up with Lighthouse Community Services, we now have the ability to send off damaged clothing, shoes and other personal items to a recycling company.

Here’s some simple questions to ask as you ponder your pile of paraphernalia:

Here’s a guide for what items are best for us to re-sell:

Yes No
Clothes &
New, near new, clean Old, stained, torn, smelly, broken zips, perished elastic.
Shoes New, near new, clean Old, broken, damaged.
Books New, near new, or collectible Damaged covers, overly damaged pages.
Crockery In good condition, or vintage Cracked, chipped, damaged enamel.
Electrical Working Not working.
Toys & Baby
In good condition, clean Broken, cracked, dirty, mouldy
Furniture Clean, in good condition Broken, torn upholstery, mould/mildew damage, smells
Other general items Clean, unbroken, undamaged Damaged, broken, dirty, stained.

At present we are unable to find any recycling options for crockery, and damaged furniture. Occasionally, donations will need to be refused if the items are dirty or damaged to a state that it represents a health hazard to our volunteers.