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 Ebay.com or taking them to a local consignment shop. To learn more about consigning visit HotToConsign.com and to find local shops go to narts.org.
If it’s furniture you are looking to unload the one of the best sites is 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 (appraiserassoc.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 Amazon.com. 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)).
Below is a list, by category, of local Donation organizations. For additional options, check out the following websites
Clark County Recycling A-Z
|Athletic Shoes||Nike Factory Outlet||503-281-5901||3044 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland
|Athletic Shoes||Nike Reuse-A-Shoe|
|Books, CDs, DVDs|| |
|Building Supplies||MercyCorp|| |
|Cell Phones||Domestic Shelters|
|Clothing||Junior League of Portland||503-297-6364|
|Clothing, Bedding||West Woman’s/Children’s Shelter||503-224-7718||NW 20th & Kearney,Portland
|Clothing, Dresses & Suits||Dress for Success|
|Computer Equipment||FREE GEEK||503-232-9350||1731 SE 10th Ave., Portland
|Computer Equipment||EmpowerUP||503-735-0888||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|| |
10209 NE Sandy, Portland
|Electronic Equipment||Earth Protection Services||503-620-2466||7272 SW Durham Rd, Tigard, OR
|Electronic Equipment||Quantum Resource Recovery||503-646-2427||10750 SW Denny Rd., Beaverton
|Eyeglasses||Sightfirst Program - Lions Clubs|
|Household items||Boys & Girls Aid Society||503-222-9661||018 SW Boundary Ct.,Portland
|Household items|| |
|Household items||Oregon Community Warehouse||503-235-8786|
|Household, Clothing||Cancer Society Discovery Shop||360-695-8215||2011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA
|Suitcases & Luggage|| |
Suitcases for Kids
|Old House Parts||The Rebuilding Center||503-331-1877|
|Printer Ink & Toner Cartridges||Office Max, Staples, Office Depot||*Office Max gives $3 credit for each cartridge, others give paper
|Rugs, Bath||Humane Society Animal Shelters|
|Wedding Dresses|| |
|Women's Clothing||Dress for Success - Oregon||503-249-7300|
|Women's Clothing||Raphael House||503-222-6507|
|Women's Clothing|| |
|Women’s/Children’s Clothing||YMCA Y Cares||360-696-0167||3609 Main Street, Vancouver, WA
|Wire Hangers||Any Dry Cleaner|
|Household items||Children’s Club - Portland||503-257-8035||10209 North East Sandy Boulevard
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