Why Donate to Goodwill?

By selling your gently used donations Goodwill Industries of Duluth, Minnesota funds programs & services that open doorways to jobs in our local community.

We have 14 stores across the Northland where you can donate gently used household goods and shop for great bargains. A trained Donation Attendant can help unload your car and will offer you a Donation Receipt so you can track your tax-deductible donations to Goodwill.

Find a donation location near you today!

Find a Donation Location


Household Items

Clean house, provide work.

Donating household goods
Your donation of household goods is gladly accepted at all retail store locations during each store’s hours of operation. In Duluth and Hermantown, there are additional hours for dropping off donations.  We recommend dropping off donations during store hours to ensure they are processed and received by our employees.

Home pickup of large volume donations in the Duluth/Superior area (10 or more bags/boxes or large pieces of furniture) can be arranged by calling Goodwill’s administrative offices at 218-722-6351.

What Goodwill needs
Your donation of household goods provides valuable work for Goodwill employees and generates revenue that supports Goodwill’s rehabilitation and work programs. However, donated goods that are broken, excessively worn, unsafe or simply unsalable are of no value to Goodwill, and incur costs for their disposal.


Planned Giving

Estate planning, peace of mind.

Goodwill Duluth provides an invaluable service to our community by giving job training and opportunities to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. You’ve always supported our mission by donating your gently used household goods and by giving us financial gifts. Why not take steps now to make sure that your impact will continue long into the future to help ensure that our mission continues?

By including Goodwill as a part of your estate planning, you’re helping the people in this community who rely on our services. You’re also giving yourself a priceless gift: the satisfaction and knowledge that your gift will benefit Goodwill for years to come.

Consider including Goodwill as part of your estate planning. We’re here to help you make the best decision for your peace of mind.

What to Donate

Your donation of household goods provides valuable work for Goodwill employees and generates revenue that supports Goodwill’s rehabilitation and work programs. However, donated goods that are broken, excessively worn, unsafe or simply unsalable are of no value to Goodwill, and incur costs for their disposal.

This is what Goodwill needs:

  • Clothing of all types for men, women and children, including coats and jackets, furs and leathers.
  • Glassware, china and dishware of all types. Baskets.
  • Kitchen utensils and kitchen gadgets such as shredders or choppers.
  • Linens, blankets/bedding, throw rugs and curtains.
  • Yard goods and yarn.
  • Antique or collectible items, knicknacks, pictures, wall decorations, holiday decorations.
  • Shoes, boots and skates (ice and in-line).
  • Toys, games and dolls.
  • Sporting goods and camping gear.
  • Bicycles, tricycles, toddler bikes and wagons.
  • Records, cassettes, CDs, VHS tapes and DVDs.
  • Furniture in good condition (It cannot need repair or have excessive wear.)
  • Jewelry.
  • Accessories for men, women and children, including hats, mittens, belts, neckties and purses.
  • Small appliances such as irons, toasters, lamps and waffle irons.
  • Tools
  • Garden equipment, lawn mowers and snow blowers. (please remove gasoline)
  • Books: paperback, hard cover and children’s (no magazines or encyclopedias, please).
  • Musical instruments.


What not to donate

Appliances/items such as: refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, water heaters and softeners, waterbeds, microwaves, and medical equipment. We do not repair; it’s too bulky to handle and display; must pay for disposal.
Damaged or excessively worn furniture. Metal file cabinets. We do not re-upholster or repair. Metal file cabinets have little resale value and are large and bulky to move.
Box springs and mattresses Resale is prohibited in Minnesota.
Plumbing fixtures, storm doors, windows or screens Too specialized in size for resale.
Carpeting Too bulky. Little resale value.
Hazardous waste: paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner or stripper, stain and varnish. Insect spray, insecticides, and weed killer. Waste oil, auto batteries, antifreeze, oil filters and transmission fluid. Solvents, cleaning products, floor care products, oven cleaner and furniture polish. Glues, products in aerosol cans, nail polish, polish remover and shoe polish. These products should be disposed of through WLSSD. Contact them at 722-0761 for proper method of disposal.
Tires Difficult to resell. Goodwill must pay for disposal.
Computer equipment such as keyboards, monitors and hard drives, TVs, VCRs, telephones, cell phones, CD players, stereos, camcorders, FAX machines and rechargeable appliances. Difficult to determine workability. Must pay for disposal. Electronic equipment may contain significant amounts of hazardous materials. Contact WLSSD at 722-0761 regarding disposal.
Entertainment centers, filing cabinets, or any other items that are too heavy or too bulky for two people to safely handle. Safety hazard to move.

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