Donation Holiday Closures
- January 1st
- Thanksgiving Day
- December 24, 25th & 31st
Here’s what you can expect
- A donation attendant will meet you at your vehicle and greet you with a warm “Welcome to the Thrift Shop.”
- Your attendant will quickly help you unload the items that we can sell in the store.
- Your attendant will provide you with resource information for the items which we cannot accept.
- Most importantly, we will thank you and offer you a tax deductible receipt for your donations.
Making Donating Easier
Clothing & Shoes
Housewares & Collectibles
Music & Video Media
Furniture & Home Décor
Toys & Games
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
Paint and chemicals of any kind
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.