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City's Thrift Shop Launches New Donation Policy

August 22, 2014 - Following the lead of Goodwill and other businesses, Mercer Island Thrift Shop will now accept only those items that can be sold in the Thrift Shop or sold in bulk to other recycling endeavors and wholesalers.

The mission of the Thrift Shop is to raise money through sales of donated items to support the programs of the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Department; each year Thrift Shop revenues add almost $750,000 to the MIYFS budget.


Most of what is donated goes to good use. However, excessive unusable and unsellable items have started costing the Thrift Shop thousands of dollars for disposal - money better spent on programs and services for youth, families and seniors of the community. Over the last two years, Thrift Shop waste volumes have risen 91 percent: a total of 238 tons. These are donations that are neither usable nor acceptable by other donation centers.


The Thrift Shop management knows this is a big change, and understands donors want to do the right thing for Mercer Island. It is always hard to say "no thank you" to a donation - staff ask that donors please understand the underlying reason is for the good of serving the community.

Click here to learn more about what is accepted and what is not.

Please contact Suzanne Philen, Thrift Shop Coordinator, with any questions about these policies, at (206) 275-7760 or



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