Are all the items for sale in the store donated?
No. While most of our items are donated, we do have items that have been purchased by us or are put up by employees as consignment.
If I buy a big item, can you deliver it for me?
No. The ReStore no longer offers a delivery service to customers with larger items. It is the customer's responisibility to load and transport all items they purchase.
I have items to donate, do you have anyone who can pick them up?
Yes. Please call the ReStore to make an appointment.
Do you take TVs?
We do not take older TVs. If it is a flat screen in good working condition, we may accept it at our discretion.
Can I take a tax deduction for my donations?
If you itemize deductions on your federal tax return, you may be entitled to claim a charitable deduction for your ReStore donations. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a taxpayer can deduct the fair market value of household goods, used furniture, books and so forth. Fair market value is the price a willing buyer would pay for them. Value usually depends on the condition of the item. By law, a charity cannot tell you what your donated items are worth. This is something you must do yourself. To assess "fair market value" for your donations:
- Consult a local tax advisor who should be familiar with market values in your region
- Review the following tax guides available from the IRS
Determining the Value of Donated Property
Defines "fair market value" and helps donors and appraisers determine the value of property given to qualified organizations. It also explains what kind of information you must have to suppor the charitable contribution deduction you claim on your return. (Publication 561) Click here to read the full publication
Explains which organizations are qualified to receive deductible charitable contributions, the types of contributions you can deduct, how much you can deduct, what records to keep, and how to report charitable contributions. (Publication 526) Click here to read the full publication
Noncash Charitable Contributions
Applies to deduction claims totaling more than $500 for all contributed items. If a donor is claiming over $5,000 in contribution value, there is a section labeled "Donee Acknowledgement" in Section B, Part IV of IRS Form 8283 that must be completed. The form and instruction are available on the IRS site and can be accessed through the following link IRS Tax Form 8283 . A member of the management staff must verify that the donation receipts match the completed form adn fill in the date of donation/s in this section. In addition, the ReStore's name (Habitat for Humanity Menominee River ReStore), store address and identification nubmer (38-3095570) must be completed. Management staff must also provide their signature, title, and the signature date. Finally, a copy of completed Form 8283 should be forwarded to the Merchandise Analyst.
The ReStore will be happy to provide a receipt as substantiation for your contributions in good used condition, only on the date of donation.