Rummage Donations

We greatly appreciate your generosity and that of the community in donating items to our rummage sales. We’ve developed the following acceptable items, unacceptable items and drop off procedure guidelines to make your donation process easy. Please feel free to contact us with questions about specific items!


Rummage Sale Acceptable and Unacceptable Items – Revised Spring 2016

Donation Drop Off Procedures

When to Donate

Donation Dates: (Fall 2016): September 10-28, 2016
Donation Times: Monday thru Saturdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Far Hills Fairgrounds
For more information: email news@visitingnurse.org or call 908-781-6445.

Please note: There is construction on US Route 202 in Bernardsville between Whitenack Road and Meeker Road. Please follow posted detours.

What We Accept

Please sort like items together and limit the weight of each box or bag to less than 20 lb. for easy handling by our volunteers. Also, please only donate goods in resale condition. We must pay disposal fees after the sale for unsold items. We gratefully accept paper shopping and grocery bags.

CLOTHING, SHOES, & CLOTHING ACCESSORIES:

  • Clean items in good to excellent condition
  • We cannot accept clothes with stains, tears, worn elastic bands, broken zippers, missing buttons, shoes without buckles or laces, and belts that are tattered and worn.

COMPUTER:
All computer related hardware, software and electric typewriters in working order. Please keep all parts together with the units to which they belong.

We are currently especially interested in receiving:

  • Apple desktop and Laptop Computers all models and all years
  • IBM type laptops running Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 and 8.1
  • Vintage computers including Sinclair, Apple, Commodore and IBM
  • Clean multifunction laser and inkjet printers with a USB interface, including powerpack
  • Digital picture frames including power pack
  • LCD monitors including power pack
  • Apple IPAD, Apple IPod Touch, or Android Tablets
  • Computer speaker and subwoofer speaker systems including power pack

Please Help Us Out:

  • Leave the hard drive in the computer; we will clean off all of your information.
  • If there is a password on the computer, please write it on a tag and attach it to the computer.
  • If you are donating a tablet with a password function, please turn the password off before donating the unit.

ELECTRICAL:

    • Clean electrical items in working condition
    • Vacuum cleaners, fully operational with working beaters, with all parts, under 10 years old
    • Please box or bag all parts together and attach to the electrical item
    • Remember to attach remote to donated item

We are currently especially interested in receiving:

  • Amplifiers
  • Audio systems
  • Cell phones, newer with accessories in a plastic bag
  • Dehumidifiers (Spring sale), newer models
  • Dorm refrigerators
  • DVD and Blue Ray systems
  • Fans
  • Flat screen TVs
  • Heaters (Fall sale)
  • Humidifiers (Fall sale), newer models
  • iPads, ipods Nooks, e-readers and associated accessories/equipment
  • Quality speakers
  • Sewing machines (table top models)
  • Vaporizers (Fall sale only)
  • VCR and DVD recorder combos

FURNITURE:

  • Furniture in good to excellent condition
  • Luggage must be in excellent condition; no locked luggage without keys or combination

HOUSEHOLD/KITCHEN:

  • Clean items in good to excellent condition
  • Pots and pans without lids or tops are acceptable
  • Tupperware and other containers (cookie jars, canisters, etc.) must have lids
  • No items that are broken, chipped or are missing pieces

OFFICE

  • All office supplies
  • Greeting cards
  • Puzzles (over 300 pieces)
  • Games (12+ years)
  • Arts & crafts
  • Photo albums
  • Manual typewriters

SPORTING GOODS

  • Items in good, working and useable condition

TOYS:

  • All toys, dolls, games, puzzles and stuffed animals

What We Cannot Accept

Due to environmental restrictions, safety codes, and the high cost of disposal, among other things we cannot accept are the following items:

AUTO:

  • Automobile tires & rims
  • Car radios and speakers
  • Car batteries

BOOKS:

  • Discarded library books
  • Business/Finance, older than two years
  • Encyclopedias printed between 1926 and 2012
  • Magazines, including National Geographic (except art and collectibles)
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed books
  • Textbooks older than two years
  • older fiction except classics

COMPUTERS & ELECTRONICS

  • Dirty or ink stained printers
  • Dot matrix printers
  • IBM type desktops and laptops with older processors, eg: P3, P2
  • Large office copying equipment
  • Non USB printers or scanners
  • Stand-alone fax machines
  • Tube type monitors

ELECTRICAL:

  • Air conditioners
  • Attic and ceiling fans (unless brand new)
  • Built-in appliances
  • Cassette players (not walk men)
  • Ceiling fans that are not new and in the box
  • Commercial equipment
  • Console sewing machines (large)
  • Humidifiers – console (large old)
  • Items without power packs
  • Kitchen appliances that are dirty, not working or incomplete
  • Microwaves – Large and older models and all built-in
  • TVs-any tube-based
  • Vacuum cleaners, more than 10 years old, broken/not working/full of dirt
  • VCRs

FURNITURE:

  • Baby furniture for infants and children not up to safety code
  • Car seats and booster seats
  • Computer desks
  • Cribs (all)
  • Beds: bunk, sofas, trundle, waterbeds, steel bed frames
  • Built-in furniture/cabinets
  • Entertainment centers
  • Free-standing swings for children
  • Furniture made of particle board or Formica
  • Large office desks/furniture, metal file cabinets
  • Recliners
  • Upholstered sofas

FLAMMABLE

  • Gasoline/ kerosene-filled items
  • Matches
  • Oil lamps with oil in them
  • Propane tanks

HAZARDOUS WASTE(as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency)

  • Cleaners
  • Motor oil
  • Paints, stains & varnishes
  • Pesticides

HOUSEHOLD/DECORATIVE/GARDEN

  • Bed pillows
  • Box springs and mattresses, foam mattresses
  • Built-in appliances
  • Canning jars
  • Curtain rods and decorative that are not new in package
  • Drapes/curtains with foam rubber, fiber glass, or rubber backs, venetian or vertical blinds/shades
  • Framed pictures with broken glass, unframed mirrors, loose glass
  • Fireplace doors
  • Garden hoses (unless brand-new)
  • Halogen lamps without safety guards
  • Hangers
  • Lamps oil or lamps with oil inside
  • Large appliances
  • Loose hardware such as nails, screws, bolts, etc.
  • Non-steam clothes irons or irons with used sole plates.
  • Renovation/remodeling leftovers, tiles
  • Sinks, toilets, toilet seats, tubs
  • Storm doors, screen doors, windows, and window screens
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting, rugs without binding

MOVIES & MUSIC

  • Audio cassettes or storage cases/racks
  • VHS tapes or storage cases/racks

OFFICE

  • posters
  • invitations
  • binders with company logos
  • puzzles with missing pieces

SPORTING GOODS

  • Broken and/or incomplete games/equipment
  • Game tables larger than 6 feet long
  • Non-din ski boots
  • Nordic tracks

TOYS

  • No toys with missing, broken or split parts
  • Guitar Hero Rock Band accessories (video game keyboards & guitars)

Please: No flood damaged items.

Donation Drop Off Procedures

  • Check the list of acceptable and unacceptable items. The VNA cannot make house calls to pick up items.
  • Arrive at the Far Hills Fairgrounds during donation hours, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. except Sundays, entering by the normally-closed gate nearer Route 202 and turning right. There is a limited capacity for vehicles to wait before 10. The lease prohibits the VNA from accepting any donations before 10 or after 1.
  • Take a donation receipt and possibly other information from the volunteer greeting you, and follow the directions of the volunteers assisting with traffic and intake. You must determine the value of the items you donate; there are computer programs that can help you.
  • To help keep your donation process simple and efficient, we suggest loading items into your vehicle in the reverse order of dropoff, (LIFO), following this list arranged in loading order:

    Computers, including peripherals and software. These will be unloaded last and normally from the right side of your vehicle.

    Books. Because books are heavy and our volunteers mostly women, please place books in sturdy bags or boxes with no more than 15 pounds in each. These will also be unloaded to the right.

    Furniture. This category includes not only furniture but also other items sold in the largest tents such as home and garden tools, baby and medical equipment, luggage, rugs, prints and other art. These and all following categories will be unloaded to the left.

    Sporting goods, including exercise machines (not all may be accepted), skis and acceptable boots, skates, baseball caps, bats and gloves, golf clubs, fishing rods and the like.

    Miscellaneous Sorting Area. Includes all clothing, accessories, linens, toys, games and puzzles, kitchen and household items, music items, stationary, greeting cards, arts and crafts supplies, travel and vanity items, curtains and curtain rods, and anything else acceptable and not listed elsewhere

    Electrical and optical equipment. Includes anything with a plug or batteries that must be tested before resale except computers; also includes cameras, enlargers and other photographic items, binoculars and telescopes. These will be unloaded first, from the left.