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
|What||Charity / Business||Phone ||Address/Website|
|Books, CDs, DVDs||FVRL Library Foundation||360-906-4700||Donate at your local library|
|Building Supplies||ReStore - Habitat for Humanity||360-213-1313||10811 SE 2nd St, Vancouver, WA 98664|
|Cell Phones||YMCA Safe Choice||(360) 695-2655 ext. 250||Click HERE for drop off locations|
|Clothing, Bedding||Share Inc.||360-952-8228||http://www.sharevancouver.org/
|Clothing, Dresses & Women's Suits||Dress for Success||532 B NE 37th Ave., Suite B
*check HERE for donation dates
|Computer Equipment||FREE GEEK||503-232-9350||https://www.freegeek.org/
|Computer Equipment||CREAM||360-735-0888||5000 E. Fourth Plain, Vancouver|
|Eyeglasses||Lions Sight Committee||360-696-6321||Click HERE for more information|
|Food items||Treasure House||360-834-5786||Check HERE for a Wishlist
91 C Street
|Household items||Retails Thrift Store||360-693-1324||5000 E 4th Plain
|Household items||YMCA Safe Choice||360-696-0167||Click HERE for their Wishlist|
|Household, Clothing||Cancer Society Discovery Shop||360-695-8215||2011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA
|Musical Instruments||School Distrct||Contact your local school district|
|Printer Ink & Toner Cartridges||Office Max/Depot, Staples||give paper
|Rugs, Bath||Humane Society Animal Shelters|
|Vehicles||ARC of Clark County||360-546-3158||www.arcofclarkcounty.org/|
|Wedding Dresses||Adorned in Grace||503-829-4486||Click HHEREERE for details|
|Wedding Dresses||Wish Upon a Wedding||Click HHEREERE for more information|
|Wire Hangers||Any Dry Cleaner|
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