Donate your pre-loved items

Free furniture collection

We can pick up furniture and homeware items from your home for free. Any items you donate are then sold in our stores to help us provide care and support to local children and families.

Have items you would like to donate to Acorns? We can only accept good quality, undamaged furniture and homeware with relevant safety marks or fire labels attached. Find out more about what you can donate.

To enquire about booking a collection, please email, attaching clear pictures to your email of the item or items you would like to donate.

Looking to support your local charity and don’t know where to start? One of the easiest ways to support our vital work is to donate clothes, toys, books, furniture and more to be sold in our shops. Your good quality unwanted items make a huge difference to local children and young people with life limiting or life threatening conditions. More and more people are making second hand shopping their first choice and turning to charity shops to find a bargain, making your donations more important than ever!

Donate prizes and gifts

Can you donate these items for our amazing fundraisers? By donating, you are helping us to make every day count for the children and families we support. These items support all of our fundraising activities, from raffle prizes, tombola’s, fundraising events, and hampers. The list of items are we are looking for:

  • Toiletry sets
  • Hamper baskets
  • New/ unwanted gifts
  • Multistore/ High Street vouchers
  • Amazon vouchers
  • Activity vouchers
  • Bottles of wine
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate and sweets for hampers

If you are able to donate one of the gift items, please email our Supporter Services at or call 01564 825037.

Row of toy cars in an Acorns charity shop

How do I donate items?

Want to donate to your pre-loved items to Acorns? It couldn’t be easier! To donate clothes, toys and other unwanted goods, all you have to do is drop your items into your nearest Acorns charity shop. With over 40 Acorns shops across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands, you won’t have to travel too far to find one. And don’t forget to ask to Gift Aid your donated goods when you drop them off!

What can I donate?

Donating unwanted goods to our charity shops is a great way to support your local children’s hospice. But did you know that it costs us time and money to dispose of items that are damaged? You can help us raise more by only donating your very best clothes, toys and other items. Ask yourself “would I sell this to a friend?”

To help you declutter and donate check out our handy guide below.

Men’s, ladies’ and children’s clothes, shoes and accessories

  • Clean and undamaged – no stains or tears
  • No branded uniforms

Children’s toys and nursery furniture

  • Clean, undamaged and CE marked
  • Complete, with all pieces intact

Household items, bric-a-brac, small electricals, china and pottery, fabrics

  • Small electricals in good working condition and boxed as new
  • Carefully wrap fragile items
  • Clean and undamaged linen, curtains and blankets

Books and media, including CDs and DVDs

  • Books – undamaged, pages intact
  • Unfortunately we can’t accept VHS or free CDs/DVDs from magazines or papers
Donated items for sale inside an Acorns charity shop
Jigsaws and bric-a-brac on shelves at an Acorns charity shop

Our Chelmsley Wood shop offers a range of preloved homeware and furniture. To donate furniture please contact Chelmsley Wood and again please ask to Gift Aid your donated goods.

Items we can’t sell

We really appreciate your kind donations. Unfortunately, there are some items that we are unable to accept, as we can’t sell them and it would mean that we would have to pay for disposal.

Please check the list below, or contact your local Acorns shop to find out more.

  • Items that are damaged or dirty
  • Safety equipment such as bike helmets or riding helmets
  • Any mobility items e.g. wheelchairs and walkers.
  • Toys without a CE mark
  • Personal appliances such as shavers or foot spas (unless in mint condition and in a sealed box)
  • Children’s car seats or booster seats, cot mattresses and cot bumpers
  • VHS or free CDs/DVDs from magazines or papers
  • Real fur
  • Pianos

Please take your donations to your local Acorns charity shop. You can find your nearest shop by using our Acorns shop search. We rely on the funds raised from item donations to continue to deliver the specialist care and support we provide, so you can be sure that your donation will make a real difference.

And please don’t forget to ask about Gift Aid when dropping your donated items off!

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