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Giving away belongings you no longer want or need can bring happiness to others who could use them. An added bonus: You get a tax break for your charitable gifts if you donate to a qualifying organization and itemize your deductions. 

However, it’s your job to keep track of the items you give to charity so you can report their value to the IRS. The IRS says donated clothing and other household goods must be “in good used condition or better.” If you claim a deduction of $500 or more for a used item that’s not in good condition, the IRS says you’d better get an appraisal. 

Several computer software programs are available to help you figure the tax value of your donated stuff. The list of some common items, below, gives you an idea of what your donated clothing and household goods are worth, as suggested in the Salvation Army’s valuation guide.

Men’s clothing worksheet

Item(s) Average price per item (low) Average price per item (high) Number of items x price = donation amount
Shirt $3 $12
Slacks $5.00 $12
Sweater $3 $12
Overcoat $16 $62
Suit $16 $62
Jacket $8 $26
Shoes $4 $26

Women’s clothing worksheet

Item(s) Average price per item (low) Average price per item (high) Number of items x price = donation amount
Blouse $3 $12
Slacks $4 $12
Sweater $4 $16
Overcoat $10 $41
Handbag $2 $21
Suit $6 $26
Jacket $4 $12
Shoes $2 $26

Children’s clothing worksheet

Item(s) Average price per item (low) Average price per item (high) Number of items x price = donation amount
Blouse $2 $8
Shirt $2 $6
Dress $4 $12
Slacks $2 $8
Jeans $4 $12
Coat $5 $21
Sweater $3 $8
Shoes $3 $9

Household goods worksheet

Item(s) Average price per item (low) Average price per item (high) Number of items x price = donation amount
Towels $0.50 $4
Sheets $2 $8
Blanket $3 $16
Bicycle $5 $83
Floor lamp $6 $52
Sofa $36 $207
Throw rug $2 $12
Color TV $78 $233
Kitchen set complete $36 $176
Bedroom set complete $259 $1,037