Sunday, August 28, 2011
Sites for reuse, trade in, or donation
Tis the season for yard sales! But if you haven't the time or inclination, here are some sites where you can trade in or donate your stuff to a good cause.
Gazelle.com for gadget recycling
Sell your old but working electronic gadgets! Enter the brand, model, and condition and the site makes you an offer (usually around $100 per trade-in). If you accept, Gazelle mails you a box to send it in and a free shipping label. Once the site confirms the gadget works, you can accept the money via check, gift card, or PayPal, or donate it to one of about 50 charities. Don't worry: Before the item is resold, Gazelle wipes out your personal information.
Thredup.com for kid stuff
Swap clothes or toys your child has outgrown. Browse through listings of thousands of boxes containing an average of 15 items - brief descriptions include size (for clothes) and color. Once you've picked a box, describe the items you'll be trading, and for $5 plus shipping, you'll receive your chosen box and an empty one to send in your items. The site relies on user ratings to monitor the quality of goods, and 98% of the boxes are rated 3 or 4 stars.
New local thrift store for all you fashionistas out there: www.uptowncheapskate.com in Timonium.
But don't forget old favorites like http://www.voguerevisited.com/ on Roland Ave near Hampden,
and http://www.platosclosetbaltimore.com/ on Taylor Ave near Loch Raven.
Where to donate clothes and household items (schedule free pickup online if you live in a neighborhood along one of their routes, like Rodgers Forge...)
PurpleHeartPickup.org for Purple Heart Veterans
ClothingDonations.org for Vietnam Veterans
Also don't forget the Baltimore County recycling site, with its links to electronics recycling and local reuse organizations. Did you know that you can take electronics and building materials to one of the three county landfills for recycling or donation?
And when all else fails, there's always Craigslist.
P.S. Click the Recycling tag in the sidebar to see my other posts on this topic! I'm always discovering new sites and shops to RRR.