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To Sell, Consign or Donate? 

How you should delegate your castoffs really depends on what it is you want to part with - or how much time you want to spend doing so. 

If you have designer clothes your best options are selling them on Ebay.com or taking them to a local consignment shop.  To learn more about consigning visit HotToConsign.com and to find local shops go to narts.org.

If it's furniture you are looking to unload the one of the best sites is Craigslist.org.  Two suggestions: 1) only accept cash and 2) don't invite strangers into your home.  If possible have the piece of furniture in your garage or a covered area to show it. For additional protection have a friend or family member with you when you have someone looking at your furniture.

Do you want to sell a vase or china that is an heirloom? Do you know the value?  If you want to be sure you price it right hire an appraiser (appraiserassoc.org).

If it's sporting goods that are crowding you try PlayItAgainSports.com or Craigslist.org.

When you find that you have accumulated a large amount of household items determine if you want to take the time it takes to put on a garage/yard sale.  The trick to a successful sale is volume, variety and marketing. List larger items individually on Craigslist.org to get more foot traffic.  Signage is important also.  Use directional signs that are clear with large lettering and arrows from major intersections. 

Your best bet for books, CDs, DVDs and video games is Amazon.com.  When you ship these out you can save money by using 'media mail' at the Post Office at half the cost of first class mail.

Of course, you can write off any donations made to various charities (501(c)(3)). 

 

Donation Resources

Below is a list, by category, of local Donation organizations.  For additional options, check out the following websites:

Clark County Recycling A-Z

www.2good2toss.com

Drop-off locations:

What

Charity

Phone

Address

Athletic Shoes

Nike Factory Outlet

503-281-5901

3044 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland

Athletic Shoes Nike Reuse-A-Shoe    
Athletic Shoes Soles4Souls    

Books, CDs, DVDs

Public Libraries

 

Building Supplies

MercyCorp

800-292-3355

 

Cell Phones

Domestic Shelters

 

 

Clothing

Junior League of Portland

503-297-6364

 

Clothing, Bedding

West Woman’s/Children’s Shelter

503-224-7718

NW 20th & Kearney,Portland

Clothing, Dresses & Suits Dress for Success    

Computer Equipment

FREE GEEK

503-232-9350

1731 SE 10th Ave., Portland

Computer Equipment EmpowerUP 503-735-0888 5000 E. Fourth Plain, Suite F (inside the Habitat for Humanity ReStore)

Computer Equipment

Computer Drive Connection

503 -992-0177 

923 N. Fremont Lane, Cornelius, OR

Computer Equipment

MercyCorp

800-292-3355

 

Computer Equipment – Working

Children’s Club

503-257-8035

10209 NE Sandy, Portland

Craft Supplies

SCRAP

503-294-0769

 

Debris

Metro Recycling

503-234-3000

 

Electronic Equipment

Earth Protection Services

503-620-2466

7272 SW Durham Rd, Tigard, OR

Electronic Equipment

Quantum Resource Recovery

503-646-2427

10750 SW Denny Rd., Beaverton

Eyeglasses

Sightfirst Program - Lions Clubs

 

Household items

Boys & Girls Aid Society

503-222-9661

018 SW Boundary Ct.,Portland

Household items

Goodwill

 

 

Household items

Oregon Community Warehouse

503-235-8786

 

Household, Clothing

Cancer Society Discovery Shop

360-695-8215

2011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

Suitcases & Luggage

Suitcases for Kids

 

 

Musical Instruments

Ethos

503-283-8467

 

Old House Parts

The Rebuilding Center

503-331-1877

 

Printer Ink & Toner Cartridges

Office Max, Staples, Office Depot

 

*Office Max gives $3 credit for each cartridge, others give paper

Rugs, Bath

Humane Society Animal Shelters

 

 

Wedding Dresses

Making Memories

503-829-4486

 

Women's Clothing

Dress for Success - Oregon

503-249-7300

 

Women's Clothing

Raphael House

503-222-6507

 

Women's Clothing

Shepherds Door

503-256-2353

 

Women’s/Children’s Clothing

YMCA Y Cares

360-696-0167

3609 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

Wire Hangers

Any Dry Cleaner

 

 

Household items

Children’s Club - Portland

503-257-8035

10209 North East Sandy Boulevard

 

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