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Ready to give new life to your old stuff?

Remodeling, cleaning, downsizing, or just getting organized? Got corporate overstock?

Whatever your project, don’t let the items you no longer need end up in our local landfills.

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FIVE-POINT INSPECTION

As a general rule, all items we accept must be:

What items can I donate to the ReStore?

Check out our handy donation guidelines below, as well as pickup restrictions, refusal policies, and a list of items we can’t accept. Still unsure about your donation or want to make sure we can accept it before bringing it in? Give us a call at (619) 241-2221, or drop us a line at dispatch@sandiegohabitat.org. We’re happy to answer your questions!

Yes, please: Refrigerators, freezers, stoves, vent hoods, washers, dryers, microwaves, cooktops. Aged <7 yrs (visit appliance411.com to check appliance age).

No, thanks: Commercial or sub-zero refrigerators, used dishwashers, garbage disposals.

Yes, please: Mantles (factory painted or stained), columns, wrought iron, gas fireplaces.

No, thanks: Materials with broken or missing parts, fireplace inserts.

Yes, please: Drywall and plywood (4’x4′ or 4’x8′). Lumber (free of nails and screws), baseboard, trim (6′-16′). Sheet metal, molding, fencing.

No, thanks: Used deck wood, particle board shelving, lumber with nails or screws.

Yes, please: Sinks, new tubs/toilets, new medicine cabinets, new PVC and metal piping (6′-16′), fixtures, parts, supplies, new shower surroundings, vanities with top and bottom.

No, thanks: Used toilets or tubs, factory-molded sinks, shower doors, unframed mirrors, water softeners.

Yes, please: Interior (raised panel wood and metal). Exterior (raised panel metal or storm), sliding patio doors with frame.
Maximum height: interior – 80″; exterior – 96″; sliders – 80″h x 96″w

No, thanks: Commercial doors, mirrored closet doors, garage doors or openers.

Yes, please: New electrical parts, wire, hardware, outlets, flat screen TVs (aged <5 yrs), plate covers, light switches. Residential and current code only.

No, thanks: Electronic items (non-flat screen TVs, computers, monitors, CD/DVD players).

Yes, please: New carpet rolls, new rugs, hardwood (new and reclaimed – nails removed and bundled), new laminate and vinyl (8’x6′ and larger). Please write size on back of vinyl with permanent marker.

No, thanks: Used flooring.

Yes, please: Chairs, couches, loveseats, recliners, dressers, dining tables, side tables, bedroom furniture including bunk beds and bed frames (with all hardware).

No, thanks: Box springs, mattresses, futons, sofa beds, large furniture items including entertainment centers.

Yes, please: Knobs, hinges, nails, screws, nuts, bolts, boxes of fasteners, and locks. Drop off only.

No, thanks: Cans or jars of fasteners.

Yes, please: New shingles (full bundles), new insulation (bagged or sheets), new gutters.

No, thanks: Used gutters, loose insulation, shingles, garage doors or openers.

Yes, please: Shutters, lamps, new rugs, framed mirrors.

No, thanks: Window coverings including blinds and curtains, small household/home decor items, unframed mirrors or glass.

Yes, please: Air conditioners, furnaces, central air systems, venting material, water heaters. Aged <5 yrs. Residential size only.

No, thanks: Older than 5 years.

Yes, please: Must have all doors, drawers, and shelving attached. Aged <10 yrs, stained or factory painted. Custom cabinets.

No, thanks: Cabinet doors, faces, drawers. Damaged cabinets.

Yes, please: Dirt-free bricks, blocks, pavers drop off only. New edging, fencing, landscape rock (clean and bagged), lawn and patio furniture.

No, thanks: Used edging, loose landscape rocks, gas cans, playground equipment, used grills.

Yes, please: Chandeliers, new ceiling fans, flush mount, new LED bulbs, sconces (with all mounting hardware and lamps for light fixtures).

No, thanks: Used light bulbs of any kind. CFL or halogen bulbs, track lighting, fluorescent fixtures or bulbs, shiny yellow brass.

Yes, please: Full cans of latex paint or stain (<5 containers/visit) — drop off at Kearny Mesa location only. Paint supplies including brushes, rollers, paint trays.

No, thanks: Marine or oil-based paint, used spray paint, solvents, flammable objects.

Yes, please: Ceramic, slate, porcelain, marble, vinyl plank, luxury vinyl, vinyl commercial tiles (full boxes, unopened, minimum 100 sq ft).

No, thanks: Used, loose, or partial boxes of tile. Tile less than 100 sq ft.

Yes, please: Hand and power tools in good working condition. Cordless tools aged <5 yrs.

No, thanks: Incomplete or in need of repair. Cordless tools older than 5 years.

Yes, please: Dual-pane vinyl-framed windows (8’ and under in height, free of nails and screws). New screens in excellent condition.

No, thanks: Single-pane, aluminum, fixed or wood-framed older windows. Over 8’ in height.

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CORPORATE DONATIONS

Got overstock? Surplus?

For businesses, donating to the ReStore is a great way to move discontinued or excess stock, deal with gently-used returns, and show customers that you care about our community.

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Pickup Restrictions

Due to liability, we are unable retrieve items from up or down stairs. To ensure safety of our staff and volunteers, acceptance/refusal of any donation is at the final discretion of the driver.

Refusal Policies

We regret that we cannot accept all donations, and ReStore staff reserves the right to refuse items based on product condition or storage limitations. We recommend contacting (619) 241-2221 or dispatch@sandiegohabitat.org to make sure we can accept your item before dropping it off.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept the following items:

  • books, magazines, games, toys

  • some housewares, like dishes and linens

  • apparel, including shoes, jewelry, baby clothing

  • electronic items, such as non-flat screen TVs, computers, monitors, CD/DVD players

  • hazardous materials, such as opened paint, thinner, stain, chemicals

  • broken or damaged items

  • mattresses, including box springs, futons, sofa beds

  • some lighting, such as track lighting, CFL or halogen bulbs, fluorescent bulbs

If we are not a good fit for your donation, these local organizations may be able to accept your items:

  • Alliance for African Assistance

  • AMVETS

  • Architectural Salvage

  • Disabled American Veterans

  • Father Joe’s Villages
  • Goodwill

  • Humble Design San Diego

  • Jewish Family Services

  • PaintCare

  • Salvation Army

  • San Diego Rescue Mission

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