To Sell, Consign or Donate?


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 on or taking them to a local consignment shop. To learn more about consigning visit and to find local shops go to

If it’s furniture you are looking to unload the one of the best sites is 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 or

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 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 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.

Of course, you can write off any donations made to various charities (501(c)(3)).

Donation Resources


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

Clark County Recycling A-Z

Athletic ShoesNike Factory Outlet503-281-5901

3044 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland

Athletic Shoes Nike Reuse-A-Shoe
Athletic Shoes Soles4Souls
Books, CDs, DVDs

Public Libraries
Building Supplies

Cell Phones
Domestic Shelters
ClothingJunior League of Portland503-297-6364

Clothing, Bedding

West Woman’s/Children’s Shelter503-224-7718

NW 20th & Kearney,Portland

Clothing, Dresses & Suits Dress for Success
Computer Equipment
FREE GEEK503-232-9350

1731 SE 10th Ave., Portland

Computer Equipment EmpowerUP503-735-0888 5000 E. Fourth Plain, Suite F (inside the Habitat for Humanity ReStore)
Computer Equipment

Computer Drive Connection

503 -992-0177

923 N. Fremont Lane, Cornelius, OR
Computer Equipment

Computer Equipment – Working
Children’s Club

10209 NE Sandy, Portland
Craft Supplies

DebrisMetro Recycling503-234-3000

Electronic Equipment

Earth Protection Services503-620-24667272 SW Durham Rd, Tigard, OR
Electronic Equipment

Quantum Resource Recovery


10750 SW Denny Rd., Beaverton

EyeglassesSightfirst Program - Lions Clubs
Household items

Boys & Girls Aid Society503-222-9661

018 SW Boundary Ct.,Portland

Household items
Household items

Oregon Community Warehouse503-235-8786

Household, Clothing

Cancer Society Discovery Shop360-695-8215

2011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

Suitcases & Luggage

Suitcases for Kids
Musical InstrumentsEthos503-283-8467
Old House Parts

The Rebuilding Center503-331-1877

Printer Ink & Toner CartridgesOffice Max, Staples, Office Depot*Office Max gives $3 credit for each cartridge, others give paper

Rugs, BathHumane Society Animal Shelters
Wedding Dresses

Making Memories

Women's Clothing

Dress for Success - Oregon503-249-7300

Women's Clothing

Raphael House503-222-6507

Women's Clothing

Shepherds Door

Women’s/Children’s ClothingYMCA Y Cares


3609 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

Wire Hangers

Any Dry Cleaner

Household items

Children’s Club - Portland503-257-8035

10209 North East Sandy Boulevard

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