How to restore your donated goods, furniture and other items

Restore your donated items to their original condition.

If you have been asked to donate items you do not have a receipt for, you may need to bring them with you to your local recycling center.

It is not unusual for donors to bring items back to their local businesses with them after donating.

To help your business recover, the Washington Post has put together this guide to help you get started.


Determine if the items are old.

Determinate if the item is old, damaged or worn out.

Deterifing if an item is worn out is difficult and involves looking at a photo of the item, including the size and shape of the piece.

Some items can be damaged in transit or dropped or dropped and picked up in the mail.


Check the condition of the items.

Some donated items may be out of date, have tags that do not match and are in poor condition.

Ask the seller if they have a return address for the items and ask if the original buyer has a receipt.


Contact the donor.

If the item was donated by a family member, ask the donor if the donation was made after the end of the donor’s employment or if the person donated the item in their spare time.

They can also call the donor directly to request the item.

Ask about any items that may need replacing or replacement parts.

The Washington Post can help you determine if the donor may be able to provide you with a new donation.

If there is an additional fee for a return receipt, ask if you can bring it with you.


Determent the cost of the goods.

Deter how much the items cost to purchase and then determine how much it would cost to return the items to the donor and how much would be donated.

It may take several weeks for an item to arrive back to you if you are not able to determine the cost.


Deter the buyer.

If an item you donated was donated to a nonprofit organization and the donor does not have the organization’s name or contact information, you can check if they do have an address and phone number for you.

If they do, you should ask if they would like to be contacted for donations.


Contact an organization.

Ask if the organization has a local branch office to help locate a donor.

You can find contact information for organizations in the donation section of the Washington State Department of Revenue.


Receive your donation.

Recharge your donation card.

Reuse the card to pay for other items or to help the donor when they sell.


Return the donation.

Return your donations to the Washington Department of Public Safety, Washington State Office of Emergency Services and Health, or other appropriate agency.

Re-use the cards to pay other expenses.


Reactivate your donations.

Recycle your donation and give it to another charity that is not a nonprofit.

If your donation is not returned, you will need to notify the Washington Recycling Center and file a report with the Washington Business and Industry Commission.


Recycle your donated product.

Recycled products may be returned to their owner, who can then return the product to you.

The State of Washington does not require that a returned donation be used for recycling purposes.