Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
We are happy to take your donations, however, because we get so many of them, we provide a list of what we currently accept and those items we cannot accept at this time. Take a look to see if your donations is needed!
We depend on the generosity of our friends and neighbors who donate their gently used clothing, furniture and household items. We also gratefully accept monetary donations.
Proceeds are used to help the needy in the Lake Mills, Johnson Creek, Cambridge and Deerfield areas. All donations are tax deductible, but to receive a donation slip your items must be dropped off at our donation center at 720 East Lake Street, Lake Mills.
Because we get so many great donations, we provide a list of what we currently accept and those items we cannot accept at this time. Take a look to see if your donations is needed!
To make handling your donations easier for our volunteers and staff we have implemented a few rules that we ask people follow when donating items.
All clothing, shoes, bedding, linens and fabrics should be in plastic bags, not on hangers or in totes.
All smaller household items and books should be in closed cardboard boxes or with lids that are not open and please no plastic totes/tubs.
Please remove all rummage sale stickers before bagging or boxing anything.
This will make the initial intake procedure go much smoother. When our volunteers have to remove rummage sale stickers it slows down our sorting process drastically. The large plastic totes that many people “donate” containing clothes or household items are often cracked and very worn by the time the donation makes it to us and it costs us money to have them picked up by our recycler. Unless they are in very good condition with lids, we can’t usually sell them, so we are asking they not be used as boxes.
If you are unsure whether an item is acceptable, please feel free to call us at (920) 648-2800.
Although we try to be good stewards of the earth and recycle as much as we can, our disposal costs continue to rise every year and we find that we must be more vigilant as to what we can accept. Thank you for your continued support of our organization’s mission to assist and minister to our neighbors in need.
Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
We are closed on Sundays and all major holidays.
We are happy to pick up large items such as furniture and appliances, but we are not a moving company. Items that can be packed in boxes and bags should be brought to our store or drop boxes as we only have room on our truck for larger items. We do not deliver. Pick ups are scheduled on Saturdays and fill up fast, so please call a week or two in advance to schedule a pick up. Call (920) 648-2800
We have donation drop boxes at 3 locations.
Lake Mills, 105 South Madison St., Sentry Grocery Store Parking Lot
Waterloo, 810 N. Monroe Street, Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store Parking Lot
Deerfield, 633 South Main Street, Brown Heating and Cooling and Pickle Tree Restaurant Parking Lot
Please limit the donations placed in drop boxes to clothing, shoes and soft material items. Appliances, computers, dishes or anything breakable should be brought to the store. Many items placed in the boxes end up broken because heavy objects are dropped on them.
We accept just about anything as long as the items are clean, in good condition and work properly. We do retain the right to decline donations that we feel will not sell on our sales floor. Following is a partial list of the many items we accept:
All clothing, shoes, outerwear, bedding, linens, luggage, purses, jewelry, stuffed animals, furniture, small appliances, electronics, dishes, decorative items, arts and crafts, seasonal items, framed pictures, dolls, toys, books, games, puzzles, collectibles, antiques, computers, large appliances, tools, pet accessories, hardware, lawn and garden equipment, bicycles, sporting goods and patio furniture.
Due to safety regulations, disposal and handling costs, or limited resale value, we are unable to accept the following items:
Mattresses and Box Springs
Televisions over 32″, Console televisions and Projection televisions
Computer CRT monitors
Baby items, including cribs, car seats and walkers
Hazardous or construction materials (Windows, doors, tile, flooring)
Extremely dirty items that require excessive cleaning
Prohibitively large or heavy items that are difficult to handle safely (i.e. organs, pianos, very large furniture pieces)
“I enjoy spending Saturday morning shopping with my nephew at the St. Vincent De Paul in Lake Mills, WI. The store lay out is easy to follow, it is very clean, great prices and they have the most wonderful staff there. These people greet you at the door and make you feel welcome. They very helpful, pleasant to talk with, and will answer any questions you may have about prices of an item. Take some time to stop down there. I never leave the store without bags of treasures.”