The Connecticut Goodwill is a wonderful organization that makes the old, new again. They accept all kinds of different donations like:

Clothing and Accessories

  • Clothing, belts, scarves, ties
  • Accessories, such as hats, gloves, and bags
  • Shoes, boots, and sneakers
  • Jewelry and watches


  • Furniture—upholstered and wooden (except Stamford Broad St. location)
  • Bedspreads, blankets, curtains, tablecloths, decorative pillows
  • Antiques, collectibles, artwork
  • Housewares and decorative items
  • Cookware, dishes, pots and pans
  • Small appliances (toaster, coffee maker, microwaves, etc.)
  • Area rugs


  • Books, records, VHS and cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs
  • Stereo equipment
  • Television sets (less than 4 years old with flat-panel monitors only)
  • Games and toys (except damaged toys or stuffed toys with open seams)
  • Sporting goods
  • Exercise equipment
  • Bicycles in good working order


  • Computers (less than 4 years old with flat-panel monitors only)
  • Printers, scanners, copiers
  • Office furniture


  • Cash donations
  • Textbooks

These are the items they won't accept.

Forbidden Finds: These Are The Items Connecticut Goodwill Won't Accept

The Connecticut Goodwill is a wonderful organization that allows for the old, to be new again. I always feel like a better person whenever I make a donation. It means I am creating less waste and someone else will get something they need. However, there are donation no-no's, these are the items the CT Goodwill won't accept.

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I just wish that some of that list would be self-explanatory but I've been around long enough to know better. I'd love to hear the reasoning behind bringing old magazines, used oil, firearms or scrap metal. Those answers would be enough to keep me busy for quite awhile.

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Learn more about the Connecticut Goodwill's Priority Pick-up and Donation Drop-off policies and procedures here.

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