To Sell, Consign, Donate, or Recycle?

 

How you should delegate your castoffs really depends on what it is you want to part with – or how much time you want to spend doing so.

If you have designer clothes your best options are selling them online or taking them to a local consignment shop. To learn more about consigning visit NARTS.org.

If it’s furniture you are looking to unload, look to Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.org. Two suggestions: 1) only accept cash and 2) don’t invite strangers into your home. If possible have the piece of furniture in your garage or a covered area to show it. For additional protection have a friend or family member with you when you have someone looking at your furniture.

Do you want to sell a vase or china that is an heirloom? Do you know the value? If you want to be sure you price it right hire an appraiser.

If it’s sporting goods that are crowding you try Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.org.

When you find that you have accumulated a large amount of household items determine if you want to take the time it takes to put on a garage/yard sale. The trick to a successful sale is volume, variety and marketing. List larger items individually on Craigslist.org to get more foot traffic. Signage is important also. Use directional signs that are clear with large lettering and arrows from major intersections.

Your best bet for books, CDs, DVDs and video games is to sell them online. When you ship these out you can save money by using ‘media mail’ at the Post Office at half the cost of first class mail. If you choose to ship Media Mail, be sure NOT to include any other items in the package as the post office may decline to ship at the reduced rate.

Of course, if you itemize on your taxes, you may be able to write off any donations made to various charities (501(c)(3)).

Donation and Recycling Resources (Washington Olympic Peninsula)

 

Below is a list, by category, of local Donation organizations. For additional options, check out the following websites

Clallam County Recycling resources

2Good2Toss Clallam County (reusable materials exchange – sell or give away)

Clallam County Recyclopedia (PDF)

Plastic Recycling (those items NOT picked up curbside)

WhatCharity / BusinessPhone
Address/Website
Books, CDs, DVDs

North Olympic Library SystemNOLS Donations
Building Supplies

Habitat for Humanity360-417-7543Habitat for Humanity Clallam County
728 East Front Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Cell Phones
SecureTheCall.org301-891-2900Provides phones to Domestic Abuse Victims and Seniors in need. Click HERE for details.
Cell PhonesBig Sky Recycling971-373-6217Provides phone and funds to various charities including supporting our heroes overseas, planting trees, and feeding hungry children. Click HERE for more information.
Clothes, Bedding

Share Inc.360-952-8228http://www.sharevancouver.org/

Clothes, Dresses & Women's Suits Dress for Success*Seattle location Not Taking Donations as of 11/14/2022.
Donate professional clothing to help those in need dress for interviews. Click
HERE for donation dates
Clothes: Jeans/DenimZappos for Good - Cotton Blue Jeans Go GreenDonate any denim (see site) to be recycled into new products such as pet bed inserts, industrial mattresses, and more. Click HERE for details.
Computer Equipment
Goodwill360-681-2635 Sequim
360-452-2440 Port Angeles
360-385-6600 Port Townsend
680 W Washington St, Ste C, Sequim, WA, 98382
603 S Lincoln St, Port Angeles, WA, 98362
602 Howard St, Port Townsend, WA, 98368

Recycle TVs, CPUs (desktop computers), laptops, monitors & portable DVD players whether they work or not at all stores. Please call ahead to schedule drop-offs of large, heavy TVs.
Computer Equipment The Recycle Center360-531-0645301 County Landfill Rd, Port Townsend, WA, 98368
Craft Supplies

SCRAP503-294-0769
DebrisMetro Recycling503-234-3000

EyeglassesLions Sight Committee360-696-6321Click HERE for more information
Food itemsTreasure House360-834-5786Check HERE for a Wishlist
91 C Street
Washougal, WA
Household items

Retails Thrift Store360-693-13245000 E 4th Plain
Vancouver, WA

Household itemsGoodwill
Household items

YMCA Safe Choice360-696-0167Click HERE for their Wishlist
Household, Clothing

Cancer Society Discovery Shop360-695-8215

2011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

Musical InstrumentsSchool DistrctContact your local school district
Printer Ink & Toner CartridgesOffice Max/Depot, Staplesgive paper

Rugs, BathHumane Society Animal Shelters
ShoesZappos for GoodDonate your used sandals, sneakers, boots, etc... to Zappos For Good Remix Project HEHERERE. Your old shoes will be repurposed for community projects, such as playground flooring, insulation, and more!
VehiclesARC of Clark County360-546-3158www.arcofclarkcounty.org/
Wedding DressesAdorned in Grace503-829-4486Click HHEREERE for details
Wedding DressesWish Upon a WeddingClick HHEREERE for more information
Wire Hangers

Any Dry Cleaner

Shoes: Hunter BootsHunter ProjectDonate your worn Hunter Boots HEHERERE and they will be processed, shredded, and transformed into roads, speed bumps, and a myriad of upcycled materials.
Light Bulbs - CFL, HID, Fluorescent TubesAround Again360-683-786222 Gilbert Rd., Sequim, WA
Recycle your CFL, HID, and Fluorescent tubes here

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