Where to donate items

One of the main problems I have is where to get rid of stuff besides the dump. I hate to waste anything, so I’ve kept things I’ll never use just to keep from filling another landfill. A noble cause… but surely there’s a better answer.

Here are my thoughts:

Thrift stores
Consignment shops (careful, with some you have the opportunity to get it back if no one else wants it)
Recycling places (for metal, cardboard, paper, and plastic recycling)
Hazardous waste places (Some take paint, household cleaners, and such and give it away to whoever needs it.)
Homeless shelter (That’s where my extra lotions and shampoos will probably go this afternoon.)
Women’s crisis center (personal care items, gently used clothes, old cell phones)
Some crisis pregnancy centers (personal care items, gently used clothes, especially maternity and baby items)
Quilters’ guild (for fabric and even sometimes very worn clothes–ask in advance)
Local library (not only for book donations. Sometimes groups that meet there need craft supplies)
Antique stores (some buy outright if you have what they want)
Food pantries (for canned and nonperishable goods)
Local churches (for dishes, gently used kids’ clothes, winter outerwear, personal care items-ask for a complete list of needed items)
Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, etc (childrens items, wrapping paper)
Local colleges-especially a foreign students’ league (bicycles, bedding, clothes)
Nursing homes (craft items, some clothing items, personal care items)
Emergency centers-such as are set up after a tornado or flood (bedding, towels, personal care items, clothes, food, sometimes suitcases, toys, heavy protective footwear-check before sending items since every emergency creates different needs and since drop off points may change quickly)
Local freecycle groups
Local buy/sell/trade groups
Craigslist
Ebay
Dry cleaners and laundromats (hangars)
Use your imagination. What other ideas do you have?

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About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? http://wp.me/p1CY5z-1R Baptism! http://wp.me/s1CY5z-baptism

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