Donate items

Looking to donate to 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 who are life limited or life threatened – and with more and more people turning to charity shops to find a bargain, your donations are more important than ever!

Shoes for sale in an Acorns charity shop

How do I donate?

Want to donate 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

We also have a number of charity furniture shops throughout the West Midlands, offering a range of preloved homeware and furniture. To donate furniture, contact your nearest Acorns furniture shop 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

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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