Goodwill accepts most donations
Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota operates donation centers at more than 25 Goodwill store locations. We accept donations of clothing, accessories, shoes and housewares, as well as electronics, toys and sporting goods. We also welcome seasonal donations, including holiday décor and collectibles.
Items are resold in Goodwill stores throughout Minnesota, the Twin Cities metro area and Hudson, WI. This cycle of donations and sales gives our neighbors access to high-quality, affordable goods, and also supports programs that help prepare people for work. Donors enjoy a tax deduction and a convenient, responsible way to dispose of items they no longer use. We even offer free pickup service for vehicle donations.
* Federal law requires that donated items be in good or excellent condition to qualify for tax deductions.
Goodwill does not accept these items
- Items with holes, tears, stains or mildew
- Mattresses, box springs, water beds or sleeper sofas
- Baby furniture/equipment
- Consumer product recalled items
- Fluorescent bulbs/fixtures
- Plumbing/construction materials
- Computer monitors
- Large exercise equipment (large items such as treadmills, etc.)
- Gas powered lawn mowers
- Weapons (firearms, bullets, knives, bows, arrows, explosives, etc.)
- Large appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, microwaves, etc.)*
- Household chemicals (paint, cleaning supplies, etc.)*
- Automotive chemicals or parts*
- Health and beauty products (liquids, razors, etc.)
* Environmental regulations require that we dispose of these items in a safe, responsible manner. These high disposal costs use up funds that could be better spent on training and employment programs.
Alternative disposal sites
- The Dakota County Recycling Zone accepts household hazardous waste, electronics (including TVs and monitors), lawn mowers/snow blowers, and small household electronics like toasters and vacuums.
- The Dakota County Green Guide lists where to recycle and dispose of common and unusual items.
- Hennepin County disposal sites accept hazardous wastes, including chemicals and paint.
- Hennepin County How to Get Rid of It guide describes how to dispose of large appliances, mattresses and household waste products.
- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website lists disposal sites for each Minnesota County and includes specific disposal instructions for a variety of products, including aerosol cans, automotive oil, batteries and fluorescent bulbs.
- Ramsey County A to Z Disposal Guide has listing with drop off sites for each type of item you need to dispose of, including computers, large appliances, such as washers, dryers and refrigerators, and has recycing information about many other items.
- Ramsey County operates a monthly collection site for which the location changes. It also operates a year-round collection site for hazardous materials. Learn more.
Goodwill donation hours
Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Goodwill accepts these items
Clothing and shoes
- Women's clothing and shoes
- Men's clothing and shoes
- Children's clothing and shoes
Battery operated electronics
- Radios and receivers
- CD players
- Hard- or soft-covered books
- College textbooks
- Fiction and nonfiction books
- DVD players
- Stereos and speakers
- Computer keyboards
Games and toys with all pieces and parts attached or in the box
Medical or assistive living equipment
- Bathroom aids
Note that we do not accept some types of electric wheelchairs.
Furniture in good condition (not torn or broken)
Cars, RVs, trucks and boats of all types in any condition. Arrange free pick up of your vehicle.
Bikes with wheels 24" or larger accepted March 1 – Sept. 30
Skis, poles and ski boots accepted Oct. 1 – Jan. 31
Artificial Christmas trees accepted Oct. 1 – Dec. 24
Fabric yards in excellent condition (please do not donate small scraps of fabric)