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Donating Items to Look Again® Resale Shops

The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington operates Look Again Resale Shops in Alexandria, Virginia and Kensington, Maryland, which help support POB's mission through the sale of high-quality, gently used, donated merchandise. Look Again Resale Shops accept donations of clean, gently-used clothing and household items. We depend on the sale of these items to support our programs and services.

In evaluating appropriate donations, a good rule of thumb is to consider whether your family or friends would find the item(s) useful if you passed that item on to them. We ask that items be clean, not broken and sellable. Donations should come in containers or bags and we appreciate if they are of manageable size.

We recommend you keep a detailed list of the items that you donate to any not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Please ask for a tax receipt at the time of donation.

Items We Accept:

  • Antiques
  • Art
  • Blankets
  • Books
  • CDs
  • Chairs
  • Clothing (clean and undamaged - women, men, teen, children)
  • Clothing Accessories (Belts, Hats, Scarves, Ties, Wallets)
  • Collectibles
  • Cookware
  • Curtains
  • Decorative Items
  • Dining Room Sets
  • Dishes/China
  • DVD Players
  • Flat Screen Televisions and Computer Monitors
  • Framed Pictures
  • Games and Toys
  • Glassware
  • Jackets
  • Jewelry (costume and real)
  • Lamps
  • Laptops (Windows Vista or newer operating system)
  • Movies (DVD and Blu-Ray)
  • Platters
  • Pots and Pans
  • Purses/Handbags (clean and undamaged)
  • Radios and Stereos
  • Records
  • Ride-on Toys
  • Seasonal Items
  • Shoes (women, men, teen, children)
  • Small Area Rugs (clean and undamaged)
  • Small Household Appliances
  • Sporting Goods
  • Tablecloths
  • Tables
  • Tools (clean and undamaged gardening and work tools)
  • Vintage Clothing

We truly appreciate our donors and their generosity. However, there are some items we cannot accept and we lack the capacity to dispose of. The list below is not all-inclusive, and we may be unable to accept other items as well If you have questions, please reach out to our shop manager (Alexandria, VA: (703) 683-2558; Kensington, MD: (301) 942-4707) prior to dropping your donation off.

Items We Cannot Accept:

  • Anything that is broken or no longer works
  • Appliances that do not work
  • Bathroom and kitchen fixtures
  • Beds, to include frames, mattresses, sleeper sofas and head/foot boards (Due to laws and regulations, we absolutely cannot accept mattresses and sleeper sofas)
  • Broken or soiled furniture
  • Computers with Windows XP and prior operating systems
  • Crutches & walkers except for wheeled walkers with built in seats
  • Exercise equipment
  • Most office furniture (please contact us first)
  • Printers
  • Stained, soiled, torn or otherwise damage clothing
  • Stuffed toys with the exception of vintage collectible character toys
  • Televisions with large back tubes and flat screen TVs that do not include a stand
  • Textbooks
  • Underwear, sleepwear, slips, bras, etc.
  • VHS players
  • Worn and dirty wall-to-wall carpeting

Drop Off Your Donation

Donations can be dropped off during regular hours of operation at our Look Again Resale Shops in Alexandria, Virginia and Kensington, Maryland, or at the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Click here for hours of operation and contact information. We kindly ask that you do not leave donations outside of business hours.

Schedule a Pick-Up

Pick-up of larger items or large amounts of items is available by calling the manager of the Look Again Resale Shop (Alexandria, VA: (703) 683-2558; Kensington, MD: (301) 942-4707) located closest to your pick-up location.

Furniture Donations:

We are grateful for your consideration in donating large furniture items to our Look Again Resale Shops and can work with you to coordinate a pick-up. Because of space limitations, we ask that donors contact us first with a description of the item so that we can determine if we can accommodate it at the moment. If you have furniture that you would like to donate, please call the manager of the Look Again Resale Shop (Alexandria, VA: (703) 683-2558; Kensington, MD: (301) 942-4707) located closest to your pick-up location and have the following information prepared: a description of the item(s), the pick-up address, your preferred pick-up date(s).

Thank you for your generosity!

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