Material Donation Guide

Thank you for donating materials for creative reuse! Before you donate, please check our general criteria below as well as the protocol for each category of item you plan on donating. If your item(s) are not listed, send us an email!

Please make sure all materials are:

Clean without dirt, rust, mold, odors

In Reusable/ Resellable shelf-ready condition – could be bought as is on our sales floor

Pre-sorted without tangles, leaks, sharp edges

Acceptable according to the  protocol of each category below

Please do not bring anything that is:

Dirty, soiled, mildewed, rusty, leaking

Broken, cracked, ripped/torn, missing parts, in need of repair

Flammable, toxic, hazardous, or otherwise dangerous for staff + volunteers 

Unsorted, mixed lots + clean outs / Not sure what you’ve brought / Haven’t gone through contents in years

Arts / Crafts / Maker Materials

Acceptable

Artist studio equipment + tools that are functional with no missing pieces

Artist + craft brushes

Artist paints: watercolor, tube acrylic, oil paints, tempera

Colored pencils, crayons, chalk, pastels, markers

Sculpture tools + materials

Beads/jewelry making supplies + tools that are reasonable sorted

Drawing paper, colored paper, tissue paper

Cardstock/poster board/mat board/foam core/sintra/plexi

Artwork, paintings, drawings, prints, vintage photographs

Frames with glass and backing fully attached

Canvas/muslin remnants over 1 yard

Canvas stretcher bars

Printing blocks/stencils

easels, drawing/drafting tables

art supply storage containers, portfolios & carriers

flatfiles

gift wrap/ribbon/gift bags

scrapbooking materials

glitter, glue, stickers, stamps

Unacceptable

Any items that are broken or missing pieces

Paint that is dried up, leaking, or otherwise unsellable

Brushes or other supplies that are no longer usable

Spray paint or any aerosols (fixatives, etc.)

Art supplies that are flammable or toxic (i.e. turpentine, linseed oil)

Beads/findings/costume jewelry that are mixed together and unsorted

Frames that are cracked, broken, missing their glass and/or backing, or have glass/backings that are not solidly attached

Canvas remnants under 1 yard

Slide carousels

Fabric / Textiles

Acceptable

Clean fabrics and trim at least one square yard

Clean home textiles in good condition (no stains, tears, etc)
Fabric samples in limited quantities (contact us first) fitting these guidelines:
Larger than 12″x12″ or larger of natural fibers (cotton, linen, silk)
S
tapled paper labels only (no glue) with hemmed finished edges

Sewing, knitting, weaving, needlework supplies & notions

Yarn: skeins and cones, no bits or tangles

Buttons

Working sewing/serger machines

Sewing patterns in resellable condition

Unacceptable

Fabric scraps smaller than one square yard

ANY fabric that is dirty, torn, stained, moldy, or contains odors (no mothball smell or pet hair)

Garments, partial projects, rags, used bedding

Real fur

Fabric samples that are non-recyclable synthetic fibers or have glued labels, sample books

Yarn that is in small bits, tangled, or dirty

Broken sewing machines

Sewing patterns with mold spots

Decor / Housewares

Acceptable

vintage or quality furniture

housewares (clean, no broken or missing pieces)

dinnerware (no cracks or chips)

lamps + lighting with plugs (in working condition)

antiques/collectibles

framed mirrors

Unacceptable

furniture made with MDF or chipboard

unframed mirrors or glass

direct wire lighting or track lighting fixtures (ie. ceiling mount or wall sconce light fixtures without plugs)

fluorescent or incandescent lightbulbs, or any unpackaged bulbs

custom window treatments or valances: unpackaged or framed 

mattresses/box springs/bedding

used carpets + padding

plastic hangers

Christmas or holiday specific decor/items

Lumber / Sheet goods

Acceptable

dimensional lumber at least 6 ft length (unless it is hardwood) 

sheet goods of wood, plexi, sintra, etc. (half sheets or larger) 

molding/trim

architectural accents/ elements

decorative windows and hardwood doors in good condition (no hollow core)

Unacceptable

ANY wood with nails, screws, paint, warping, signs of rot or water damage

standard dimensional lumber less than 6’

sheet goods less than half sheet

pressure treated lumbers

MDF (Medium-density fibreboard) or chipboard

Building Materials / Hardware

Acceptable

knobs/pulls, brackets, hinges, etc.

hand tools

small quantities of decorative ceramic tile

latex house paint, 3/4 full or more without rust, with the color clearly indicated on the lid

some hardwood doors and windows with prior approval

Unacceptable

unpackaged/unlabeled hardware

hollow core doors

glass storm doors or plate glass

plain ceramic tile

latex house paint where the can is less than 3/4 full and/or shows signs of rot or rust on the interior or exterior. paint in unacceptable condition will be returned to the donor for proper disposal.

oil-based house paint

plastic or aluminum window blinds. we may be able to accept hardwood blinds with prior approval.

Film / Theater Props

Acceptable

unique scenery pieces

painted backdrops/signs

mannequins/display fixtures

reusable 4’x8 flats + platforms

Unacceptable

any scenery pieces that have been glued together (flats, walls, etc)

 

Outdoor / Patio / Garden

Acceptable

gardening handtools

flower pots

other new and re-sellable gardening supplies (tomato cages, rolls of chicken wire or bird netting)

Unacceptable

any outdoor supplies or materials with dirt still on them

handtools with rust

Books / Education / Office

Acceptable

paper, pads, notebooks, journals, stationary

staplers, tape, scissors, desk accessories

hardcover books: art, craft, other maker (DIY, how to, cooking), design, or environmental

maps/educational posters/classroom decorations

chalk + chalkboards 

cork boards

Unacceptable

binders + hanging file folders 

magazines, encyclopedias, educational texts 

printer ink cartridges

cassettes/CDs/VHS tapes/vinyl records

Unacceptable Materials

Hazardous Materials

flammable materials, solvents, etc.
spray paint/adhesives
batteries
any item with flaking paint of unknown lead content

Electronics / E-waste

computers, printers, televisions, etc.
appliances, refrigerators, freezers, AC units

Typical Curbside Trash or Recycling Items

toilet/paper towel tubes, plastic food containers, etc.

styrofoam packing materials

tires/automotive parts

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