Free and Affordable Ways to Get Rid of Your Stuff.

1. Common Disposal methods for most items.

2. Disposal methods for clothing.

3. Disposal methods for furniture.

4. Disposal methods for glassware and knick-knacks.

5. Disposal methods for electronics (tube t.v).

6. Disposal methods for miscellaneous items.

1. Common disposal methods for most items.

  • Donating to The Salvation Army or Goodwill

If you have good quality items that you’re willing to give away, then donating to thrift stores like The Salvation Army and Goodwill is a great option. Most thrift stores take things like clothes, home decor, furniture, glassware, kitchen supplies, and knick-knacks. Make sure the items you donate are still usable because oftentimes thrift stores sell the donations for a good cause. Giving unusable items to these organizations can hurt the funding for programs that help people in need. This is why it is important to follow the donation policies and guidelines that are put in place. 

What items does The Salvation Army accept?

What items does Goodwill accept?

  • Sell or give via Facebook Marketplace

Another convenient way to get stuff off your hands is by using Facebook Marketplace. Since Facebook is more of a social media platform than a reselling app, it is easier to connect to people that could use your items. Meaning that there are a variety of people with a variety of different wants and needs on Facebook. It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to sell, it could be a mattress, it could be a frying pan. Whatever it is there’s most likely demand for it on Facebook Marketplace. Obviously don’t try to promote junk, but if you really want to get rid of something you can mark your item as free or at a low price.

How Facebook Marketplace works by HowFintiy

Tips for selling on Facebook.

  • Junk Removal Services

If you do have junk or damaged items, then you can use a junk removal service. These businesses will take pretty much everything besides hazardous waste.  

Best Junk Removal Services and in-depth reviews.

If you live in Florida or Texas, consider using the Junk Shot app.

2. Disposal methods for clothing. 

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  • I Collect (I:CO)

I:CO is a company that collects, reuses, and recycles old clothing on a global scale. In order to collect clothes, I:CO partners with popular retail stores around the world. 

Stores like H&M and Asics give people discount rewards for donating used clothing and shoes (any brand, dry condition). 

All the used textiles that are collected at the retail stores are transported to local sorting facilities. I:CO uses a specific sorting method to figure out what to do with the collected clothing. The mojority of the clothing is sold second-hand around the world. For the unwearable garments, I:CO collaborates with its retail partners to make new clothing lines. Any recovered fibers are spun into yarn and used in other projects. The fibers that can be recycled are used in other industries. The majority of recycled fibers are made into insulation material for automotive and construction. For more info check the I:CO website.

  • Blue Jeans Go Green

Blue Jeans Go Green is a program that collects and recycles denim made from cotton material. 

This program is affiliated with clothing retailers such as Levis, Madewell, and American Eagle. All of these retailers give incentive discounts to people that donate used denim at their stores. 

The denim that is collected will be reduced back into natural cotton and recycled as insulation for building organizations. For more info check the Blue Jeans Go Green website.

  • Donating to a Thrift Store

If you’re donating to a thrift store, you should only give clothing that has a chance of selling because that’s the purpose of a thrift store. Organizations like Goodwill and The Salvation Army do recycle clothes but it’s not their mission to keep clothes out of landfills. Their intention is to sell items to fund various programs that help people in local communities. This has become complicated because they get more clothing then they can sell, which includes textiles that are in poor condition. The Salvation Army and Goodwill never asked for people to drop off damaged or worn-out clothing but it happens anyway. Now, these organizations are burdened with large quantities of clothing that require different disposal methods. I wrote a blog post that addresses this topic: Donating Clothes to The Salvation Army | Everything you Need to Know.

  • Resell Your Clothes

If you have a closet filled with wearable clothing, then might as well try to make some extra money. There are many platforms and apps you can use to sell your old clothes. 

8 best apps for selling clothes.

3. Disposal methods for furniture.

  • Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity will take decent quality furniture along with construction material. The items that you donate to Habitat for Humanity are sold at their restores and the money is used to build affordable housing. If you can’t bring your items to a restore, then you can schedule a Habitat for Humanity pick-up through Donations Town.

 What are all the items Habitat for Humanity Accepts?

  • Craigslist 

 If you have furniture that’s a little iffy but could be useful to someone, then I’d recommend using Craigslist. There are many people who search for free Craigslist items on a regular basis. In fact, people rely on Craigslist as an essential part of their business. It has a reputation for providing great returns for flippers and resellers. The free items section on Craigslist attracts entrepreneurs who have that “another man’s trash is another’s man’s treasure” mentality. This is why it is the best platform to advertise your unwanted furniture.

Here’s how you create a furniture listing on Craigslist. 

If you’re really desperate to get rid of your stuff, you can try setting up a curb alert on Craigslist.

  • The Salvation Army or Goodwill

Both The Salvation Army and Goodwill take furniture. This includes but is not limited to; dressers, desks, bed frames, dining sets, end tables, night stands, coffee tables, book shelves, patio sets, chairs, stools, and probably some furniture I can’t think of. Make sure your donations have minimal damage and good structural integrity.

The Salvation Army has a pick-up service that you can access online or with the 1-800-SA-TRUCK telephone number.

For Goodwill you have to contact your local store to see if there’s a pickiup service.

  • Junk Removal Services

Again, junk removal services will take pretty much anything except hazardous waste. This includes being able to take damaged furniture off your hands.

Best Junk Removal Services and in-depth reviews.

If you live in Florida or Texas, consider using the Junk Shot app.

4. Disposal methods for knick-knacks and glassware.

  • Thrift Stores

If your fragile items are not chipped, scratched, or broken, then thrift stores will take them. Just remember to put breakable donations in a box or bin so it’s easier and safer to transport

  • Pottery Repair Shops

If you do have broken fragiles, then consider searching for a pottery repair shop near you. These places might be able to restore the value of whatever broken items you have.

  • Safely get rid of your glass

Glass recycling in America is not very good

If you throw out your broken glass, make sure you do it safely. Wrap the broken pieces in paper towels and put it in a sealed container before placing it in your garbage can.

5. Disposal methods for electronics.

  • Best Buy

Best Buy will recycle any tube T.V less than 32 inches but you have to pay a $25 fee. 

*Locations in Pennsylvania and Connecticut do not accept T.V drop offs.

Best Buy also recycles an assortment of other items. This includes audio equipment, electronic devices, and much more. 

What are all the items Best Buy recycles?

Best Buy also has haul-away options for bigger objects if you purchase a replacement to be delivered to your house. 

  • Staples

Staples recycles computers, printers, copiers, small devices and many more electronic items.

What are all the items Staples recycles?

  • Microsoft

If you give your old Apple, Samsung, or Google phone to Microsoft, you can save up to $700 on a brand new phone. For more information check the Microsoft website.

AT&T and Verizon also have trade in programs.

6. Disposal methods for miscellaneous items.

  • Office Depot | OfficeMax

Office Depot recycles used ink and toner cartridges. You will get $2 in rewards for every cartridge you donate.

  • Best Buy Haul-away

Best Buy has pickup options for large appliances and TVs if you get a replacement delivered.

Let’s say you buy a replacement for an old washer. If you have that replacement delivered by GeekSquad or Best Buy Home Delivery, then they will also take the old washer off your hands for a $25 fee. The old washer will then be recycled by a third party. For more info check the Best Buy website.

  • Habitat for Humanity

Along with furniture, Habitat for Humanity accepts a variety of construction materials and home decor.

 What are all the items Habitat for Humanity Accepts?

  • Animal Shelters

Animal shelters have many expenses so sometimes donations can be quite useful. For example, old t-shirts can be made into chew toys and other scraps of fabric can be used for bedding. Another good donation might be towels for drying and grooming. Just make sure to contact your local animal shelter first to see what items they actually need.

Ten items that may be useful to give to animal shelters.

Hope this post was useful to you.

Sincerely,

The Salvation Army Donations Guy

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