310 Brighton Ave. S, Buffalo, MN 55313 

(763) 682-4178          

Buffalo's Largest Nonprofit Thrift Store for over 30 years!

As of 6/8/20: 

Wise Penny is accepting donated goods by appointment only! 

Donation appointments are available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. 

Due to high demand to donate items, same-day appointments are rarely available!

Two ways to schedule:  

2). Call during store hours: (763) 682-4178

We have the following donation requirements:
  • Limit of 10 boxes/bags/large items per appointment.
  • Please place clothing and linens in plastic bags
  • Put hard goods such as housewares, toys, and books into stackable boxes.
  • No furniture at this time!
  At the time of your appointment:
  • All donations MUST be brought to the donation receiving door on the north side of our building.
  • Please wait for the donation attendant to open the gate for you.  You can also call the store when you arrive to let us know you are at the gate. 
  • Please provide the donation attendant with your name and appointment time.  Ask for a donation receipt if you would like one.

Thanks for your cooperation and support
as we try to maintain a safe donation experience for our donors, staff, and volunteers!

Donation policies

  • The Wise Penny Thrift Shoppe is a nonprofit store run by volunteers. 
    • All net proceeds go to local Lutheran educational programs. 
    • Any items donated are tax-deductible. 

    • We reserve the right to inspect all items onsite prior to accepting them for donation, including those that a volunteer tells you over the phone that we will accept.
    • We do NOT allow after-hours donations! It is illegal to leave donations outside our store when the store is closed or place them in our dumpster at any time.   

Items the Wise Penny accepts:

  • Clothing, all sizes and seasons (put in white kitchen garbage bags)
  • Footwear
  • Jewelry
  • Purses, bags, and luggage
  • Books
  • Toys, puzzles, and games   (label if there are missing parts; package sets individually)
  • CDs, DVDs, VHS, and cassettes    (must have their original case!)
  • Housewares, including dishes, kitchenware, and small appliances
  • Home décor and framed art
  • Linens, curtains, and bedding
  • Fabric and craft supplies
  • Greeting cards and gift wrap/bags
  • Seasonal décor  (please keep large items until they are in-season if possible)
  • Tools and hardware
  • Sporting goods
  • Vintage and antiques  (please tell us approximate value of items)
  • Lamps and clocks
  • Strollers, high chairs, and other baby items (must be clean, in good condition, and not recalled)
  • Electronics less than 5 years old        (must be in working order!)
  • Some Furniture (excellent condition with no rips, tears, stains, fading, pet hair, or smoke smell)

We cannot accept:

  • Electronics 5 years or older; all printers, and ALL tube-style TVs, TV/VCR combos, computer monitors
  • Large appliances, including over-the-stove microwaves
  • Child car seats and drop-side cribs for babies
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Full-size couches and ALL sofa sleepers/hide-a-beds
  • Entertainment centers
  • Vertical blinds and any unpackaged window treatments
  • Light fixtures
  • Carpet pieces, doors, windows, and car mats
  • Toilets and sinks
  • Anything that is broken, dirty, torn, moldy/mildew, smells like smoke or has pet hair
  • Anything that has been recalled

Thank you for choosing the Wise Penny
to donate your items!


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