Why We Need Your Donations
100% of the net proceeds support families affected by domestic violence. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used clothing, furniture, and household items, help end domestic violence in our community in two ways:
- Survivors benefit from items donated to the thrift store and often are able to build a career wardrobe for an important job interview or select home goods and furnishings to help them rebuild a new home. Survivors and their families who receive services at Women In Distress are able to shop at the Thrift Store, at no cost, to help rebuild their lives.
- Items are sold to the public and 100% of the net proceeds support our emergency shelter, counseling and therapy services and our other related programs.
Items We Accept
Donations of gently used clothing, furniture, household items and more are accepted at the Thrift Store.
- Women’s Clothing
- Children’s Clothing (Infant to Teen)
- Men’s Clothing
- Furniture (gently used/good condition)
- Stationary Cribs (No drop sides)
- New crib mattresses
- New toys (No stuffed animals or toy weapons)
- Car seats (Manufactured after 2010)
- Bicycles & tri-cycles
- Artwork/Decorative Glass & Ceramics
- Glassware (Individual & Sets)
- General housewares
- Small kitchen appliances
- Metal bed frames (must be a complete frame)
- Electronics (Flatscreen TV’s and computer monitors)
- Digital camcorders/cameras
Please note: We do not accept any furniture/upholstery that is damaged, stained, broken or missing parts. We are unable to pick up from upper floor locations unless there is an elevator available. Merchandise in a non-elevator building or home needs to be brought to the first floor for pickup due to agency policy.
Items we no longer accept
- Used fax machines, copiers, printers, and scanners
- VCRs and VHS tapes
- Cassette players and tapes
- Used bedding
- Paints and oils
- Magazines and pocket paperbacks books
- Appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators
If you are not sure, or do not see your item listed, please call the Women In Distress Thrift Store at 954-975-7425.
How to Value Your Donation:
If you itemize deductions on your federal tax return, you may be entitled to claim a charitable deduction for your Women In Distress donations. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a taxpayer can deduct the fair market value of clothing, household goods, used furniture, shoes, books and so forth. Fair market value is the price a willing buyer would pay for them. Value usually depends on the condition of the item. By law, a charity cannot tell you what your donated items are worth. This is something you must do yourself. To assess “fair market value” for your donations:
- Consult a local tax advisor who should be familiar with market values in your region
- Visit irs.gov to learn more