Fact. Not everything you want to donate can be donated.

We live in a generous community of people who love to donate. You'll find the evidence in the Goodwill and Salvation Army Thrift stores. Not only do people in the Grand Valley love to donate, but they also love to shop at thrift stores and buy things cheaply. That being said, the new Arc store is likely to be a popular place in the middle of town, located pretty much halfway between the other two large thrift stores in the Grand Junction.

The new Arc Thrift Store on North Avenue will open this spring and they are now accepting donations of items to be resold. But, before you go cleaning out your backyard shed looking for things to get rid of, here's what you need to know. The Arc store accepts just about anything, but here's a list of 61 items that cannot be donated.

* Above Ground Family Pools
* Aluminum Cans
* Baby Walkers, Playpens, Strollers, Baby Swings
* Bean Bag Chairs
* Building or landscaping materials
* Built-in Appliances(Cooktops, Drop-ins, Wall Mounts, Sinks, Microwave Ovens)
* Carpet padding or remnants
* Child Car Seats, Cribs, Walkers, Swings, Bouncers
* Copy Machines
* Computer Monitors
* Cubicle Partitions, Large Office Furniture
* Desks
* Doors
* Fencing
* Fireworks
* Flooring
* Fire Place Inserts
* Flammable Liquids
* Fluorescent Lighting
* Furnaces
* Garage Doors and/or Openers
* Garbage Disposals
* Gas Logs
* Gasoline Cans
* Glass (Sheets of glass, bottles, etc)
* Hangers
* Hazardous Waste (Household Chemicals)
* Hot Tubs and Covers
* Ladders
* Lawn Mowers with gas in them and Riding Lawn Mowers
* Mattresses, Box Springs, Crib Mattresses
* Mirrors Without Frame or Backing
* Newspapers
* Oxygen Tanks
* Paint
* Pianos/Organs
* Plastic Gutters
* Propane Tanks
* Radiator Covers
* Scooters - Electric
* Scrap Paper/ Used Greeting Cards
* Scrap Wood/ Metal
* Sheds
* Smoking or Drug Paraphernalia
* Snowblowers with gas in them
* Stoves (Gas)
* Sun Tanning Beds
* Tubs, Toilets
* TIres
* Trash Compactors
* TV Antennas, Satellite Dishes
* Television Sets
* Water Dispensers
* Water Heaters
* Water Softeners
* Water Bed, Mattress, Accessories
* Weapons
* Weed Eaters with gas in them
* Windows and Screens
* Window Blinds/Mini Blinds
* Wood Burning Stoves

The list is long and if you have items on this list you'd like to donate,  many of these items would be welcomed at the Habitat For Humanity Restore and, in some cases, one of the other thrift stores.

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