A – Z Household Items to Sell, Donate or Refurbish
If you have a computer, it is easy to use your search bar and find information of any kind very quickly. I thought it would be helpful to create a list of some common household items that you might want to sell, donate or refurbish and have it right at your fingertips by having it posted on your office bulletin board or added to your household binder or filed in your buy/sell file folder. Creating less garbage, junk, unrecyclable landfill helps you, your fellow citizens and the planet.
There is a slew of commonly known donation stations throughout the world that you don’t need to spend too much time researching such as:
The Salvation Army, Goodwill, Ebay, Craigslist, United Way, Freecycle, Facebook Marketplace, Mercari, Habitat for Humanity Restore, etc.
But did you know there are also places like: Women’s shelters, local Churches, Homeless shelters, VA facilities and wounded warrior project sites, flea markets, consignment shops, pawn shops, schools, senior centers, community centers such as YMCA?
Assuming your household items are in good condition, meaning that you would buy the item if you were in the market for gently used items, the following is a list of more specific locations, websites, etc. where you can consider selling, donating or getting helpful tips regarding refurbishing your household items. If no website or location name is listed, please try any of the locations mentioned above for your need.
Ok, here we go:
A – Appliances: Any of the locations mentioned in the opening list is a possibility for donating your used appliances. For ways to sell your appliances, www.firstquarterfinance.com suggests looking at Best Buy, Costco, The Home Depot, Lowe’s. These places each have specific restrictions so read through their specifications.
B– Bicycles, Books:
To Donate Books: www.readingtree.org, www.bookstoprisoners.net, www.decluttr.com or you can donate to local libraries, schools, hospitals, veteran’s associations or start a donation blast of your own.
C – Cell phones, china sets, cars
To Donate used china sets: see list from intro
D – Dishware, Detergent (cleaning supplies)
E – Eyewear, Easter décor
To Sell Eyewear: www.mybesteyeglasses.com
F – Furniture, Food, frames (picture)
According to the website www.moneycrashers.com the Salvation Army offers a donation valuation guide that aids in fair market value for your furniture.
To Donate used furniture: www.donatefurniturepickup.org, The National Furniture Bank Association (NFBA), Theatre groups. Moneycrashers suggests obtaining the IRS Value of Donated Property publication.
To Sell used picture frames: www.framingsupplies.com
G – Gift cards, Gym equipment
To Donate Gift cards: www.charitygiftcertificates.org or use any of the sites mentioned in the intro.
H – Hardware
I – Ice Skates
J – Jewelry
K – Knick Knacks
L – Lamps, Laptop
To Donate used lamps: www.donationtown.org
To learn about what to do with unused incandescent lighting visit www.sustainability.stackexchange.com
To Donate used laptop: www.techsoup.org, www.computerwithcauses.org, www.epa.gov/recycle/electronics-donation-and-recycling
M – Mattress, Maps (cartograph)
Learn how to donate a used mattress: www.choosemattress.com
Depending on the type of map you are looking to sell it would be best to be specific when doing a search. In the meantime, check out www.geographicus.com
N – Nickels (money):
O – Oil (cooking and car):
To Donate your used motor oil: It is hard to Sell used motor oil but places like truck repair shops, vehicle repair shops, truck companies burn used motor oil in special heating units and will be happy to take it from you. See if you can barter your oil for an oil change or any small repair that is of the same value.
P – Paint (House): According to paintcare.org, there are 3 kinds of charities that will take your old house paint.
To Donate your house paint: www.paintcare.org/paint-smarter/#/give-it-away, www.paintcare.org/drop-off-locations/, #recycleyourpaint. Or check with your local paint store and ask them if they take used paint back.
Q – Quilts: Whether it is quilt fabric or actual finished quilts here are some options.
R – Rubber Bands (office supplies):
To Sell rubber bands: try contacting www.rubberbands.com to see if they will take back or buy back your overstock.
S – Sheets (bedding):
To Sell Old Sheets: www.ebay.com
T – Trucks: (Vehicle, toy)
U – Upholstery, Udometer
To Sell your unused upholstery: www.retrorenovation.com
To Donate upholstery: www.sewmamasew.com
To Sell your Udometer: What is a udometer? Simply stated: a rain gauge. Try www.us.letgo.com
To Donate a Udometer: Schools that teach meteorology, earth science, science classrooms.
V – VHS, DVD:
To Donate VHS: www.hunker.com
W – Waffle maker:
To Donate used Waffle maker: any of the places listed at the beginning of this list.
X – Xylephone (musical instruments):
Y – Yarn:
Z – Zippers: This was a tough one to research. Most charities will take gently used coats or items with zippers but NOT if the zipper is broken or damaged. If you need a special kind of zipper there are several local fabric shops where you can get what you need. In the case of wanting to repair a zipper here is a link to videos that might be helpful: www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+to+repair+zippers&qpvt=how+to+repair+zippers&FORM=VDRE or wikihow might be a good source to look at.
And there you have it, the A-Z Donations, Sales and Recycle list. Do you know of more places? Please submit them to GROOM YOUR ROOM and I will add it to this list. Please let me know why you are recommending that site.