This is the second part of where to sell and donate items you no longer want. To get caught up on our series of Taking Your Home Back, you can click here to the beginning, declutter, and where to sell your items.
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ~Charles Dickens
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Many people would rather donate their items. In addition to helping other people out, it’s a great way to get tax deductions for your donations. But to do this, you must make sure to get a donation receipt and to properly value your donations.
A few other things to take into account when donating is to please donate what other people could use. Do not donate trash! Take into account the charity you’re donating to and follow their guidelines. If they only take books, don’t donate toys. Here’s a list I put together, courtesy of The Spruce, Home Storage Solutions 101, and Make Space.
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- Goodwill’s website
- Most Goodwill will accept most anything. But call ahead if you have a mattress, car, exercise equipment, etc. because not all locations will accept these items.
- Goodwill valuation guide
- Salvation Army website
- The Salvation Army will accept most things. But call ahead about boats, cars, etc. to see if they will accept what you have.
- Salvation Army donation valuation guideSalvation Army donation valuation guide
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA (VVA)
- VVA website
- The VVA will accept most everything, even cars, and offer pickup and drop off locations in 32 states.
- Habitat ReStores website
- By going to their website, you’ll be able to find the nearest location to you. Depending what you’re donating, they may arrange to pick it up or tell you to drop it off.
- They will accept gently-used or new furniture, appliances, housewares, building materials, tools, and more.
- Donation Town website
- Donation Town connects you to local charities that will come and pick your items up for free.
- Your local library
- Books for Soldiers
- Operation Paperback
- Books for Africa
- Better World Books
- Ronald McDonald House Charities
- Local Thrift Stores
- Local Homeless Shelters
- Nursing Homes and Retirement Communities
- Women Shelters
- Doctor and Dentist Waiting Rooms, Hospitals
- Preschools and Daycare Centers to use for crafts
- Make sure you remove or mark through the address labels that are on them, so others don’t see your name and address.
- Make sure to donate appropriate subjects
- Call beforehand to see if they would like for you to donate
- Before getting rid of phone, make sure to clean the phone of all personal data.
- Secure the Call
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
- Cell Phones for Soldiers
GLASSES AND EYEWEAR
- Local animal shelters
- Local homeless shelters
Furniture Banks – Families served by furniture banks include the previously homeless, unemployed and working poor, battered women and children in retreat, immigrants, individuals with mental or physical disabilities, victims of a fire, robbery, and natural disasters, etc. They have housing, but are faced with with many needs to furniture their home.
If you know of any other place where you might donate to that’s not listed, please leave in comments and I can add them to this list.
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