Where to Sell, Donate & Trash

Here’s a list of some of my favorite places to get rid of your clutter.  I’ve always found that donating stuff is one of the most rewarding things you can do.  Remind yourself how lucky you are that you are in a position to donate those things that you no longer need, use, or want.  There are less fortunate people out there who will be thankful for your charity and make good use of those items you no longer need.

    I am not specifically endorsing any of these groups directly.  In fact, before you make any kind of donation, I highly recommend that you do some research at Charity Navigator’s website.  They have a comprehensive database of charities and how they use their donations.  Make sure it checks out the way you think it should and meets your needs for a charity that you’d like to support. www.CharityNavigator.org
    Places that take donations:
    Goodwill. We help people earn a living, improve their lives, and strengthen their families and their communities.
    Freecycle. The Freeycle Network is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns.
    Soles4Souls shoe charity donates shoes to adults and children in need.
    The Cinderella Project and other Prom Gown Programs. Their goal is to ensure that no girls stay home on the night of her prom due to financial difficulties.
    Gift of Sight Our mission: To provide reading glasses to people around the world who are desperately poor, or have no access to them.
    Dress For Success.The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
    One Warm Coat. Our goal is to provide any person in need with a warm coat free of charge.
    Places that can help you sell your stuff:
    Craigslist. The biggest online local community classified ads.
    Ebay “The World’s online Marketplace.”
    My E-collective. The ecollective program enables the safe and easy recycling of your unwanted and obsolete electronics by providing convenient drop-off locations in your neighborhood.
    To Trash Your Stuff:
    Check with your local city government for policies on trash pickup (including hazardous waste material like paint, batteries, oil, etc.)
    Finally, what are we missing?  Please click on the “Ask Peter” button and tell me about your favorite charity!