January 25, 2019 | Barb Huntley
The beginning of the New Year is a good time to go through your home and throw away or donate items that you no longer need.  Donating items is a nice intention but not all items you no longer need should be placed in the donation pile. Make sure the following items are thrown away or recycled, not donated, during your next cleaning session!
 
Items that hold babies - Because of ever-changing safety regulations, donated items that carry babies such as cribs, high chairs, and strollers will not be accepted by thrift shop owners. They don’t want to be responsible for selling something that doesn’t meet safety guidelines.
 
Items with Profanities – Any piece of clothing, décor or furniture with offensive writing or symbols on it won’t be accepted at donation centers. They don’t want to sell any items that may offend anyone in their customer base. You are better using these items until their last use and then throw them away.
 
Broken, Stained or Tarnished Items – Don’t donate any items that are broken, stained, tarnished or not useable. A donation center does want things that aren’t useable. They will not put in the resources to have them fixed. Fix them yourself then donate them or throw them away.
 
Anything Susceptible to Mold – Donation centers don’t have the means to de-sanitize every item brought in. So, while it may be a good idea to give away old dehumidifiers, tea kettles, or breast pumps, please don’t give them to a donation center. Give them to some directly who you know will take the measures to clean it to prevent mold build-up thoroughly.
 
Outdated Technology – Unless you're donating it to a museum, your outdated technology is of no value to donation centers. People usually aren’t looking to buy them. Therefore, donations centers don’t want to fill their shelves with worthless items. 
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