Donation Policy


Monday through Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Evening appointments are available – please call!

Our holiday closures for donations include: Thanksgiving Day, December 24th and 25th, December 31st and January 1st.


Raising money through sales of your donations means accepting ONLY sellable or usable items.

Following the lead of other major businesses in the thrift industry, such as Goodwill, Mercer Island Thrift Shop will now accept only those items that can be 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. Each year Thrift Shop revenues add close to $750,000 to the MIYFS budget.

Most of what is donated goes to good use. However, the unusable and unsellable 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. Over the last two years the Thrift Shop has 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.

We know this is a big change. We also 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.

Here’s how our new policy will work:
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 can be sold inside the store or in bulk.
3. Your attendant will then provide resource information which may help you determine the most responsible outlet for the items we can no longer accept.
4. Most importantly, we will thank you and offer you a tax deductible receipt for your donations.


  • Clothing and shoes
  • Household linens
  • Jewelry
  • House wares and collectibles
  • Books
  • Music and video media
  • Art
  • Furniture and home décor
  • Home electrics
  • Sporting goods
  • Toys and games
  • Baby equipment


  • Furniture which is soiled, torn or otherwise damaged
  • Mattresses, box springs or 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
  • Large truck loads of items when over 50% of the load is not saleable in the store
  • There might be other items that staff will refuse if it appears that this will cost the store – and ultimately the youth and families of Mercer Island – time and money
  • Thank you for your support!



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