Donation Hours

2018 Donation Center Hours Exceptions

  • July 4th, 9am - 3pm
  • Thanksgiving Day, Closed
  • December 24th, 9am - 3pm
  • December 25th, Closed
  • December 31st, 9am - 3pm

Here’s what you can expect

  1. A donation attendant will meet you at your vehicle and greet you with a warm “Welcome to the Thrift Shop.”
  2. Your attendant will quickly help you unload the items that we can sell in the store.
  3. Your attendant will provide you with resource information for the items which we cannot accept.
  4. Most importantly, we will thank you and offer you a tax deductible receipt for your donations.

Making Donating Easier

Accepted Items

Clothing & Shoes

Household Linens


Housewares & Collectibles


Music & Video Media


Furniture & Home Décor

Home Electrics

Sporting Goods

Toys & Games

Baby Equipment

No Longer Accepted

Furniture which is soiled, torn or otherwise damaged

Mattresses, box springs or drop side cribs

Heavy or large quantities of office or school equipment including desks

Large appliances, computers, console TV’s and console stereos

Electronics that do not work

Stationary exercise equipment

Building materials

Paint and chemicals of any kind

Automobile parts

Encyclopedias, old text books and magazines

VCR tapes or cassette tapes

Items recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Truck loads of items when over 50% of the load is not saleable in the store

Saying "No Thank You" to Donations is Always Hard

Following the lead of other major businesses in the thrift industry, Mercer Island Thrift Shop will now accept only those items that can be easily sold in the thrift shop or sold in bulk to other recycling endeavors.

The mission of the thrift shop is to raise money through sales of your donated items to support the programs of Mercer Island Youth & Family Services. Most of what is donated goes to good use. However, the unusable and unsaleable items have started costing the thrift shop thousands of dollars for disposal – money better spent on programs and services for youth, families and seniors of our community. At one point, the thrift shop increased its volume of waste by 91%, a total of 238 tons – these are donations that are neither usable nor acceptable by other donation centers.  Thanks to the cooperation of our donors we have greatly reduced this waste and the costs associated with it.

We know you want the very best for Mercer Island. It is always hard to say “no thank you” to a donation.  Please understand the underlying reason is for the good of serving our community.