Father Joe’s Villages Thrift Store – El Cajon

Father Joe’s Villages will accept a variety of previously-owned items including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories, furniture, household goods, kitchen supplies and appliances, décor, books, music and other entertainment items. All items must be clean and good working condition. Working appliances must be in decent shape, not have rust and not be a built-in appliance.

Computers older than 5 years old will not be accepted.

Pick-up service available, call 1-800-HOMELESS to set up an appointment.

Accepted items:

Clothing: Virtually all types of clean, gently-used clothing and shoes, including women’s, men’s, kid’s, children’s, baby’s dresses, shirts, pants, skirts, shorts, sandals, tennis shoes, sneakers, heels, flats, boots and more.

Household: Small appliances in working condition (microwaves, blenders, toasters, etc), dishes, glasses, silverware, bedding, linens, pillows, rugs, comforters, home decor, baby items (see restrictions below), art and frames.

Jewelry: Virtually all types of jewelry, including rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

Accessories: Virtually all types of accessories, including purses, bags, belts, ties and wallets.

Furniture: Any furniture that can be carried by no more than two people, including couches, love seats, armchairs, chairs, dining room sets, tables, coffee tables, mirrors, nightstands, headboards, office chairs, non-wooden desks, dressers and more. See restrictions below.

Electronics: Stereos, radios, LED, flat panel & plasma televisions, video game consoles, computers (laptops, monitors, hard drives, etc), tablets, phones, typewriters, cameras and other electronics. See notice below about donating electronics.*

Entertainment: Books & textbooks, toys (stuffed animals, dolls, action figures, etc), sports equipment, board games, DVDs, CDs and vinyl records.

Other: Camping gear, sporting goods, estate goods, tools, collectibles, luggage, bikes, musical instruments and MORE!

* IMPORTANT REMINDER BEFORE YOU DONATE ELECTRONICS: Please make sure to remove all confidential information before you donate electronics. Also, please note, when you donate electronics, State of California regulations require that Father Joe’s Villages collect your name, address, telephone number and signature, indicating that the donated device was used within California. Your collected information is kept confidential and is never used for advertising or marketing purposes.

Unaccepted items: 

Air Conditioning Units/ Heating Units


Light Bulbs



Mattresses/ Box Springs

Carpet/ Padding

Electronics with Broken or Cracked Screens

Pianos/ Organs

Conference Tables

Flammable Items

Pool Tables


Construction Material




Swing Sets

Stained, Torn or Broken Furniture

Hazardous Materials


Cribs & Car Seats

Hot Water Heaters

Wall Units (One-Piece, Large)/Entertainment Centers

CRT TV’s (5 years or older)

Kitchen Cabinets

Wooden Desks (Large)



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