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Items We Cannot Accept

The Caring Place deeply appreciates every donation. While it is very difficult to say “no” to a donation, if an item is not in saleable condition, The Caring Place may not accept it due to the costs of handling and disposal.  In addition, due to legal, safety, environmental or other concerns, The Caring Place cannot accept the following:

Any item we can't sell in our thrift shops

Auto parts

Baby furniture & accessories

Bean bag chairs

Bed pillows, mattresses & box springs

Bicycle/motorcycle helmets

Building and plumbing materials

  • Carpet
  • Doors
  • Toilets
  • Concrete/brick/tile

Built-in appliances & cabinets

  • Hardwired lights and ceiling fans
  • Dishwashers
  • Vent hoods
  • Microwaves
  • Hot water heaters
  • Kerosene & gas heaters/appliances

Computer components

Custom made window treatments

Desks – over 4 ft. wide


Large Entertainment Centers

Faux Christmas trees - over 4 ft.

Furniture covered in animal hair, broken, worn, torn, stained or missing parts

Hair care appliances

Hospital beds

Inflatable items or devices

Large playsets for children

Printers & Copiers

Skateboards & Scooters

Sleeper sofas


Unopened boxes, bags, or luggage (have items open for us for safety reasons)


VHS Tapes


  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Chemicals & paint
  • Firearms and fireworks
  • Life jackets/preservers
  • Opened containers of cosmetics 
  • Rug shampooers, used mops & dusters
  • Items that are wet, mildewed, rusty, flammable or in any way dangerous

To schedule a pick-up of furniture or large appliances only, call our Donations Department at 512-943-0711. Please allow at least one week of advance notice when you call to schedule your pick-up.  If you have further questions about donations, contact Ann Lind, Retail Operations Director at  Please allow 24 hours for a response.

Please donate to Habitat for Humanity

Home-installed fixtures

  • Lights
  • Cabinets
  • Ceiling fans
  • Curtain rods

Built-in appliances

  • Dishwashers
  • Vent hoods
  • Ovens

Thank you for your support. When you help the Caring Place you help families in need in our community.

  • St. David's Foundation
    St. David's Foundation
  • CTFB
  • GT Health
  • United Way
  • city GT
    city GT
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