It’s spring – and that means spring cleaning! Step one: get rid of stuff. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so donating or selling an item you no longer need could be just the thing someone else is looking for. (And give you uncluttered space in the process.) Here’s a list of local places happy to accept what you’re ready to part with.
Amvets accepts small household items and clothes to benefit American veterans and their families. They are in need of clothing, shoes, bedding, curtains, houseware and glassware, linens, radios, appliances, etc. Amvets offers a pick-up program and will come to your house to retrieve your items.
Bicycles for All
Donate your old bike at Bicycles for All, a nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission is to promote bicycling by offering affordable used bikes and accessories. Proceeds from the sale of used adult bikes support their Free Kids Bike Program where any child can pick out a bike to ride at home. Bicycles for All offers affordable used bicycles and accessories. affordable bicycle repair and bicycle related education. Bicycles For All is a place to donate your old bike, pick up a used bike, learn how to maneuver in traffic, clean and fix your bike, learn how to fix a flat tire, and more. Proceeds from the sale of used adult bikes support our Free Kids Bike program where any child can pick out a bike to ride at home.
Clothes That Work
Give the professional work clothes you no longer need a new life by donating them to Clothes That Work, a grassroots non-profit that has been providing professional clothing, image counseling and training for job seekers in Montgomery County since 1998.
Goodwill accepts a variety of items and your donations help individuals in the community with job skills training and education. Multiple locations in the area make dropping by a Goodwill with a box or bag of clothes, household objects or other items you’re ready to part with easy to do.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton Restore
Donate furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to Habitat for Humanity where proceeds are invested in building homes in Greene and Montgomery Counties for those needing a helping hand. Items that are too big or too heavy to transport in your vehicle can be arranged for pick up.
Once Upon A Child
Once Upon A Child buys and sells gently used children’s clothing, shoes, toys, furniture and accessories. Clothing sizes range from preemie to youth 20 and include costumes, dancewear, swimwear, sleepwear, outerwear and dresswear. Furniture bought and sold at Once Upon A Child includes bassinets, changing tables, toy boxes, cradles and cribs, dressers, bookshelves and more. Get cash on the spot for items you wish to sell.
Drop off (or schedule pickup for) clothes, furniture, appliances, household goods and other items with the Salvation Army, where proceeds are used to fund their Adult Rehabilitation Centers helping those in need.
St. Mary Development
Donate beds, dressers, lamps, tables and more to seniors in need of basic furniture. Pickup can be arranged by calling (937) 222-5555 or scheduling a time on their website. (St. Mary partners with St. Vincent de Paul – see below.)
St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul aids the homeless and impoverished by providing emergency shelter, clothing, household items and more. Check their website for a “wish list” of items they are hoping to receive as well as the urgent items needed most.
So dive in that jam-packed closet, see what’s hiding under the bed, collect old toys from the kids’ rooms and see what treasures you can part with. Harness the energy of spring fever and begin the season by enjoying uncluttered, organized spaces!
Selling your items online
Interested in making some cash for your unwanted items? Try sites such as eBay, Craigslist and Amazon Trade-In. To get the best response from your post, try these tips:
- Read rules and guidelines for posting on each site carefully.
- Take clear photos of your item from multiple angles and views. Include a detailed description with brand names, color, dimensions, etc.
- Consider selling items as a group, (couch with a chair, lamp with a table) and offer one price for everything.
- Be realistic in your asking price.
- Be careful when communicating with and meeting potential buyers. Keep your personal safety in mind at all times.