Life as we knew it is a distant memory. And we’re still at home a lot. Why not use the time to declutter? Hopefully, we’ll be out of Covid jail soon. Then, just think how good it will feel to come home to extra closet, cabinet and garage space. You’ll find more helpful links under “Decluttering” in the Home & Garden section of HabiLinks. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll find this list useful when you want to sell, donate, recycle or dispose of your stuff.
Where to Sell Stuff
Before selling high value or possibly collectible items consider hiring a local appraiser.
See “The Most Valuable Vinyl Records of All Time.”
You shouldn’t have to pay a dealer for an “appraisal” just to get an offer.
Almost anything ebay.com craiglist.com facebook marketplace.com
(con’t) etsy.com nextdoor.com
Art & collectibles ebay.com etsy.com or local auction houses.
Books decluttr.com or local used book stores.
Books, rare abebooks.com or local rare book dealers.
China & crystal replacements.com
Clothing, top label thredup.com poshmark.com tradesy.com
Collectibles, small replacements.com
Furniture Local consignment or used furniture stores.
High value items ebay or local auction houses.
Household items nextdoor.com or have a garage or yard sale.
Jewelry, high-end Local estate jewelry dealers or auction houses.
Luxury goods therealreal.com Clothing, jewelry, watches, home.
Rugs, high value Local auction houses or rug dealers.
Gold & silver Search online for “gold & silver buyers (your city).” Get a least 2 offers.
(con’t) Expect 70%-85% of value for scrap or up to 90% for saleable items.
Recordings decluttr.com Offer CDs, vinyl, video games, movies & tapes to a vintage record store.
(con’t) Don’t miss the link under “Where to Sell.”
Silver flatware replacements.com
Tech, Apple gazelle.com apple.com Get a credit for Apple purchases or an Apple gift card.
Tech, various decluttr.com itsworthmore.com
Tech, trade in bestbuy.com amazon.com Trade in for gift cards.
Wedding dresses etsy.com or search online for “sell wedding dress.”
Places to Donate Stuff
Goodwill and Salvation Army have temporarily discontinued pick up services due to Covid health concerns.
Before loading up the car consult thrift store websites for items they will and won’t accept.
Books prisonbookprogram.org or donate to a library, thrift shop, retirement home, or school.
Clothing goodwill.org salvationarmyusa.org
Computers digitunity.org Donate laptops, desktops or tablets to non-profits.
Furniture furniturebanks.org Donate furniture to needy families.
Household goods goodwill.org salvationarmyusa.org
Medical equipment med-eq.org Donate lightly used home medical equipment.
Musical instruments instrumentsinthecloud.org Donate instruments to local schools.
Professional attire dressforsuccess.org Donate women’s professional attire.
Prom dresses wgirls.org Temporarily not accepting dresses. Check back in a few months.
Recordings Offer age and genre appropriate recordings to schools and libraries.
(con’t) Don’t miss the link under “Where to Sell.”
Sheet music Donate to music schools or a library
Sneakers nike.com Drop off any brand at participating stores.
Towels & blankets Donate to a local animal shelter, humane society or homeless shelter.
Wedding dresses https://www.bridesacrossamerica.com Donate to military and first responders.
Vehicles careasy.org All vehicles considered. Donate to a non-profit of your choice.
Where to Recycle Stuff
Apple devices apple.com
Clothing fordays.com Earn a store credit in return for recycling unused clothing.
Denim bluejeansgogreen.org Denim is repurposed for things like insulation.
Household items nextdoor.com freecycle.org Give what you have and don’t need.
Learn about epa.gov Learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Mattresses Bye Bye Mattress Directory lists mattress recyclers by state.
(con’t) Ask your scavenger if they pick up mattresses.
Textiles Some thrift stores will recycle unusable clothing and textiles. They sell them to
(con’t) textile recyclers who use them for things like carpet padding, insulation and toy stuffing.
Places to Dispose of Stuff
Electronic waste Consult your scavenger.
Hazardous waste Paint, toxics, batteries, chemicals, lightbulbs, etc.. Check your scavenger
(con’t) for their policies. It may be possible to arrange for home pick up.
Household items 1800gotjunk.com or search online for “junk hauling” for more local services.
Large items Ask your local scavenger if they offer bulky item pick-ups.
Everything else The last resort is the garbage dump/landfill. Search online for “garbage dump.”
(con’t) But we hope it doesn’t come to that!
Find More Links You Can Really Use at HabiLinks Web Guide
The internet is full of great resources, but page after page of search results can be too much of a good thing. We search for useful information in eighteen lifestyle categories, so you don’t have to. Only then, when we find the link with the most useful content, does it become a HabiLink, one of the chosen few. And unlike other guides, we don’t accept payment for listings. We simply think they’re the best at what they do.
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You’ll find more useful decluttering info in the Home & Garden category at HabiLinks. When you’re looking for ways to sell, donate, recycle or dispose of stuff you can depend on HabiLinks for links you can really use.
This is a fantastic resource for someone who is down-sizing and doesn’t know where to start. Thank You!