Donation Drop Off Changes beginning October 2

Beginning October 2nd, donations can be made on Tuesdays, Thursdays  and Saturdays from 9:00 – Noon without an appointment. Please follow the signs to our new donation drop off area. We are not able to accept donations at any other times.

Donate Furniture, Beds, and Household Items to Household Goods

Household Goods provides good quality used household furnishings free of charge to individuals and families in need. To furnish 50 homes a week, Household Goods needs a steady stream of clean, usable:

  • dressers, tables, chairs, and other furniture;
  • mattresses and bed frames;
  • dishes, flatware, and kitchen items;
  • sheets, towels, and other bed linens;
  • and other household items.

In addition to providing basic furniture and household items, we provide a dignified and respectful experience for our clients. When considering what to donate, select items that are in good condition, that will last, and that our clients will be proud to have in their homes.

Please see our donation guidelines below; download our guidelines here. Please note that we do not accept clothing, food or toys.

We thank you in advance for your support in helping us help our community.

What We Can Accept

Click on each of the categories below to see what we can and cannot accept. We cannot afford to take and dispose of broken, torn, stained or unusable items. Please contact us if you are uncertain about whether we will accept your item.


  • Mattresses & Box springs (no rips or stains), Bed frames, Bunk beds
  • Bureaus, Dressers, Armoires
  • Couches, Sofa Beds, Futons
  • Chairs (no office chairs)
  • Tables (no glass top): Kitchen, Dining, Coffee, End, Nightstands, TV Stands
  • Sideboards, Bookcases, Cabinets, Entertainment centers (no glass shelves or glass tops; up to 6.5 ‘ tall or wide)

We cannot accept: Oversized items (over 6.5′ tall or wide), Air Mattresses, Hospital, Water, Motorized or Sleep Number Beds; Loft Beds; Bean Bag Chairs; Desks, Metal Cabinets, Wall Mounted Cabinets, Office Furniture, Office Chairs, File Cabinets, Wall-mounted Furniture or Shelves, Gaming, Glass-top or Drafting Tables; Furniture with Glass Shelves or Tops (glass doors are acceptable)

Kitchen Items

  • Pots and Pans
  • Bakeware
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes, Glasses, Flatware

We cannot accept: Used water bottles, Stemware, Wine Racks, Mugs and glassware with logos


  • Mattress Pads
  • Sheets, Blankets, Comforters
  • Bed Pillow (new or like new)
  • Towels
  • Curtains and Curtain rods

We cannot accept: Electric Blankets, Mattress Toppers, Custom Window Treatments, Blinds, Shades

Small Appliances

Appliances and electronics must appear on our list

  • Blenders and Food Processors
  • Can Openers
  • Clocks and Clock Radios
  • Coffee Grinders
  • Coffee Makers (Drip, K-Cup only)
  • Electric kettles and fry pans
  • Fans and space heaters
  • George Foreman type grills
  • Instant Pots/multicookers
  • Irons and Ironing boards
  • Juicers
  • Lamps (NO halogen, wall, or ceiling mounted)
  • Microwaves (countertop only)
  • Mixers
  • Rice cookers
  • Slow Cookers
  • Sewing Machines
  • Toasters, Toaster Ovens
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Waffle irons

We cannot accept any other appliances or electronics

Large Appliances

Appliances and electronics must appear on our list

Must be newer than 10 years old

  • Refrigerators
  • Washing Machines and Electric Dryers
  • Air Conditioners (no larger than 18″x 30″ x 24″)

We cannot accept any other appliances or electronics


Appliances and electronics must appear on our list

  • DVD and Blu-Ray Players
  • Radios
  • TVs (only flat-screen with attached base)

We cannot accept any other appliances or electronics. No Stereos or Music Systems of Any Kind – Radios Only

Baby Items - must meet current safety standards

  • Bassinets
  • Car seats (5 years old or newer)
  • Changing tables
  • High chairs
  • Pack-n-plays
  • Safety gates
  • Strollers
  • Toddler beds

We cannot accept: Recalled Items, Cribs and crib bumpers, Cradles, Carriers, Bike seats, Exersaucers, Jumpers, Swings, Toys, Walkers, Playpens


  • Mirrors and Framed Art up to 36″
  • Home Decor Items
  • Rugs (bound, 8×10 or smaller)

We cannot accept: Baskets; Books, Picture/Photo Frames; Candles; Candlesticks; CD, Tape and Magazine Racks; Fireplace Tools; Rug Pads; Holiday Items; Punchbowls; Vases; Unframed Art


  • Food, Clothing, Toys
  • Medical Equipment
  • Holiday Items
  • Books, Bicycles, Exercise & Sports Equipment
  • Automobile Equipment
  • Musical Instruments
  • Office Furniture, Desks & Desk Accessories, File Cabinets
  • Pet Supplies
  • Suitcases
  • Outdoor Furniture & Equipment
  • Building Materials, Light & Plumbing Fixtures


We reserve the right to refuse any item deemed unsuitable for our clients

Click here for a one-page printable PDF version.

Revised January 2020

Limited Pick-Up Service

Our partner Mark’s Moving and Storage, Inc., has offered  to provide a reasonably priced option for getting furniture from peoples’ homes in Acton and adjoining towns to Household Goods.

For only $100, Mark’s Moving and Storage will pick up up to four large items from your home.

The following are considered one item:

  • A dining table, leaves, and chairs
  • A bed set including mattress, box spring, bed frame and headboard

For details and to schedule your pick-up please click here.

UWL_SWF_shims._CB368675346_We have a need for all items, especially sheets, towels, housewares, pots and pans, and dishes. Please consider selecting something from our Amazon Wish List and having it shipped to us.

Please note we have a drop box container for the local non profit More Than Words for books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, & video games located in the donation drop-off area. We also have an Epilepsy Foundation drop box for clothing donations located in the donation drop-off area. We offer this as a convenience for the community and ask that you help us continue to do so by not leaving your items outside the bins if they are full.

If we do not accept your item or are out of your area, please check our list of other other organizations.

To furnish 2,600 homes a year, Household Goods requires a steady supply of good quality furniture and household items. Even with donated goods and volunteer time, it takes $200 to turn one empty apartment into a real home. Please consider supporting Household Goods today.

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Household Goods Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All donations to our organization are tax deductible. Our federal tax ID number is 04-3468139.

We will provide you with an itemized receipt of your donations for tax purposes. We do not place a value on donated items. To help estimate the value of your donation you can check out the Salvation Army Guide, IRS Guide or Goodwill Valuation Guide.