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The ReStoration Corner

The ReStore Experience: How to Donate Furniture to Habitat for Humanity

Posted by ReStore Staff on Dec 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM

ReStore volunteer backAre you updating your living room furniture or redecorating your bedroom but you're not sure what to do with your old sofas or dressers? What about all the building materials from that renovation you just completed? Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore home improvement outlets is a great option to donate furniture and building materials versus putting them in a landfill. You will be helping families in your community and helping the earth, too.

All donations are tax-deductible and Twin Cities Habitat ReStore accepts a variety of furniture and other materials. We understand it can feel daunting to donate your furniture, but we're here to make it easy. Here's how to donate gently used furniture to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

Know What You Can Donate

While both ReStore locations accept a variety of furniture and building materials, unfortunately, we cannot accept everything. So, it's important to familiarize yourself with our guidelines. For example, anything you donate should be in good working order and free of rips, tears, stains rust, mold, or other damage.

Some items such as patio furniture and roofing materials are only accepted during certain times of the year. Other items such as sofas and love seats cannot be dropped off. Instead, they must be picked up by a Twin Cities Habitat ReStore truck. Other donations we accept include:

  • Appliances – refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers as long as they are less than 10 years old.
  • Building materials – drywall, plywood, and baseboard trim that is longer than six feet long.
  • Bathroom fixtures – sinks, new tubs and shower surrounds, vanities with both tops and bottom that are less than five feet long.
  • Flooring - new, rolled carpet that is at least 10 feet by 12 feet or professionally cleaned area rugs.
  • Residential electrical parts – hardware, outlets, light switches, plate covers, and wire.
  • Interior and exterior doors – metal and glass.
  • Furniture – sofas, love seats, end tables, dining room tables, dressers, chairs, and home office desks that are less than five feet long.

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Of course, this isn't an exhaustive list. So, if you’re not sure whether your item can be donated, check out our list of accepted donations or call and ask. We can be reached at 612.588.3820.

When you donate furniture or other items, it’s a good idea to give them a good cleaning first. If the item is made of cloth, be sure to vacuum it to remove dust, dander, and pet fur. If the item is leather or vinyl, use a cleaner that is safe for that material to wipe the item down.

Also inspect any possible donations for broken parts, rips or tears, and other problems, and ensure the item works as intended.

How to Donate Furniture to Habitat for Humanity ReStore

There are a couple of ways to donate furniture and other items to one of our ReStore locations — either drop the items off yourself or have them picked up. You can request a pickup through our website, or call the store to schedule it. Pickup is only available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you plan to donate furniture by dropping it off, be aware that we only accept donations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. We’re closed Sunday and Monday.

Watch a video on how to donate to one of the TC Habitat for Humanity ReStore  locations.

If you do decide to donate furniture or other items, it's important to estimate the value of your donation in order to claim it as a tax deduction later. If you're unsure how to value your items, check out our item valuation guide. This guide provides approximate high and low values for frequently donated items. If your donation isn’t listed, the guide tells you exactly where to go to get the information you need.

So, what are you waiting for? Bring your donations to the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore. You can even shop for your next home improvement project while you're here.

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Topics: Donate, 2018