310 Brighton Ave. S, Buffalo, MN 55313 

(763) 682-4178          

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

Appointments are REQUIRED!
 Donation appointments can be made for 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 5 boxes/bags/large items per appointment.
  • Put hard goods such as dishware, decor, toys, and games into stackable boxes.
  • Place clothing, linens, and other soft goods in kitchen-size garbage bags
  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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