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How to Donate

YOUR ITEM DONATIONS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

One hundred percent of the more than 150,000 items for sale at the Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale are donated by generous people like you. For many decades, the concept of “Spring Cleaning” has included setting aside valued, but no longer needed, items for the Sale. The Auction & Rummage Sale is only possible with your tax-deductible item donations. Thank you for your support year after year! Check out this year's auction departments and wishlists.

HOW TO MAKE A DONATION

Aside from the limited number of items we cannot accept (see below), we encourage you to collect and, when appropriate, box or bag your donations for delivery by vehicle to Woodward Middle School. In boxing and bagging items, please consider:

  • If a bag or box is too heavy for you, it probably will be too heavy for us!
  • If an item has separate parts, please pack them together. With the high number of donations coming in every hour, it is easy for parts to be separated in the shuffle if they are not packed together.
  • Our shoppers are generally interested in buying items that are in proper working order and appear gently used.

WHEN AND WHERE TO MAKE A DONATION

The 2022 donation drop-off schedule:

  • Donations accepted: Saturday, June 25 through Wednesday, June 29, 2022
  • Times: 8:00am until 8:00pm each day
  • Where: South/main entrance to Woodward Middle School. For a map showing the location of the school, click here.

Map - location of Woodward

WHAT TO EXPECT

When you drive through the school's main entrance, you will be greeted by volunteers. They will:

  • Thank you for your item donations and provide you with a tax receipt.
  • Ask if you have any items we're unable to accept (see below). If you have any of these items they will ask if you'd like us to dispose of them for you, for a fee, and they'll collect the associated fees.
  • Direct you to the "Curb" where your treasures will be offloaded by a team of volunteers.

The Curb is a very busy place. Please drive slowly, watch out for others, and follow guidance you receive on where to position your vehicle. Please turn off your ignition prior to getting out of your vehicle.

Volunteers will help unload your boxes and bags of items. If you have furniture, large appliances, building materials, bicycles, camping equipment, and/or bed frames, you will be asked to keep those items in your vehicle and proceed to a secondary offloading site(s) located in the south or north parking lots.

Volunteers are eager to help, and it would be helpful if you:

  • Point out the items you are donating to ensure they are the only things removed from your vehicle.
  • Provide the volunteers with information about any item you feel needs careful (fragile) or special (valuable) handling.

After all your donations have been offloaded, please proceed to either the south or north gate to exit the school campus. 

WHAT WE DO NOT ACCEPT

For a list of items we do not accept, click here. These items:

  • Are ones we know from experience are very difficult, if not impossible, to sell (e.g., used tires).
  • Are dangerous to handle (e.g., hazardous materials).
  • Need a warranty that we are not capable of offering to our shoppers (e.g., infant car seats).

ITEMS SUBJECT TO A DISPOSAL FEE

For a list of items that require a disposal fee, and fee amounts, click here. These items are ones that, if unsold, are costly for the Rotary Club to dispose of after the Auction & Rummage Sale. You will be asked to pay a fee for these items by the volunteers who greet you when you first arrive at the school.

ISLAND PICKUP SERVICE

In past years the Rotary Club has had an Island Pickup Service to help Bainbridge residents who were not physically able to lift/carry/bring donations to Woodward Middle School. This service is currently being evaluated. Please check back in spring 2022 for updated information.

TAX DEDUCTION

Your contributions are tax deductible, and when sold, generate funds used by the Rotary Club to support a wide variety of local and international humanitarian projects, and other worthy causes. Find out more about where the money goes.

We'd love to have your no-longer needed vehicle or boat!