The 2023 holiday season has officially wrapped up and I’m sure that you’ll be making some room in your house for all of your cool new clothes and gadgets. I’d imagine that this is a really busy time of year for Goodwill workers, which is a great thing!

I’m sure whether you have brand new items and need to make some room in your house or if your New Year's Resolution is to just declutter your home a bit, I’m sure you’ll be making a pit stop to donate some of your things to a Goodwill store near you.

Although you may see some of your treasures and think they’ll be good things to donate to someone else, there are a few things that you have to stay away from when donating items or clothes to your local Goodwill store in New Jersey.

What Are The Items You Cannot Donate to Goodwill in New Jersey?

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Goodwill NJ has a list of the do’s and don’ts on their site regarding the items they’ll accept in their New Jersey locations. A few on the list to make note of are below :

  • Large appliances (ex: refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, air conditions, etc.)
  • Small appliances (in non-working conditions)
  • Baby items (recalled items, car seats, cribs, walkers, lay pens, etc.)
  • Carpet
  • Badly stained clothing
  • Bowling balls
  • Cosmetics, skincare products
  • Construction material
  • Weapons
  • Gas grills
  • Food
  • Fireworks
  • Furniture unfit for resale
  • Encyclopedias
  • Pianos
  • Kerosene or electric heaters
  • Lawnmowers
  • Lumber, scrap metal, or iron
  • Mattresses
  • Paint and other toxic substances
  • Sofa beds
  • Propane tanks
  • Toilets or plumbing fixtures
  • Tires, rims, wheels
  • Typewriters

The list is lengthy and some of the items may seem unnecessary to mention, but I'm sure Goodwill has had to turn lots of people away for bringing in these exact items. If you plan to donate this year, make sure to skim through this list or check out the full list on Goodwill's website here. 

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