What do you do with your old household stuff which you don't use any more?

United States
January 21, 2007 2:01pm CST
Evry year we all end up with adding lots of old stuff that we don't use any more in our house. So what do you do with that things? Do you dump it in trash, or do you donate it, or do you make a yeard sale or sale it in a second hand store?
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@adidas7878 (2013)
• United States
15 Mar 07
i did it all, i have a yard sale each year in the summertime, i take it over to good will sometime, and now i have a fleet market i put it there to sell to it all depend on what i have, i can make alittle cash on it, than it is not too bad
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I always check with family first to see if they need it. If they do, we give it to them. If they do not, we donate it to the local thrift store. We use the donation as a tax write off when we donate to charity.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
I will hold a tag sale to see if I can sell any of the stuff. Often times you can sell unwanted items and people will buy them. What doesn't sell we take to the Salvation Army or Goodwill Store. This year we are going to try the Ebay thing and see if it will sell there as well.
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@sunshinecup (7881)
22 Jan 07
I am a donating fool! I donate at least once to twice a month. I use to have yard sales, but it wasn't worth the time. So now I just wait and like clock work an organization will call and ask if I have something. I think they passed my number around as a Hot Donator, LOL. I get calls from several different places.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
You are really a philantrophic. Great! Thank you for your response.
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I try to hand it down to family members, if they don't want it or need it then I do a yard sale. After the yard sale I donate it to places that are in need. Sometimes if it is nice I make a box and place them in there for gifts to my garbage collectors, light meter reader and paper person. Small gifts go a long way in saying thank you.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Ya that is very true, small things go a long way in saying thank you. Well said! Thank you for your response.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
My stuff gets piled up in the back of cupboards or closets. I have done the yard sale stuff and I try to throw things out but my husband says I can't get rid of it because we may need to use it someday. Yeah right. I have stuff I find I didn't even know I had and I will never use it. LOL
• United States
23 Jan 07
yes, this happens often. You keep something thinking you will need that sometime, but you never use that really. Thanks for your reply.
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@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
We usually gather up the stuff, and donate a lot of it, clothes, blankets etc.. got to Salvation Army, Toys and children's blankets or stuffed animals go to the local daycare centers or Salvation Army, any electric items or electronics and power tools either get given away to friends that may want them or they get sold in a yard sale.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Donate different stuff to different organization, thats good:). Thanks for stopping by.
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@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
21 Jan 07
i first try to find if someone that i know could use it, if it is still in good shape, if not, i will see if we have room to store it and wait to see if we are going to have a yard sale, if not then i just donate it. if it is not in good shape i throw it out.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
Ya,if something is in good shape we should not throw that. Thanks for your response.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
23 Jan 07
Another great discussion SweetLady, thanks I love eBay and I take things I am done with and sell them on eBay. I used eBay to fund an entire summer of fishing and fun just from things we still had packed away from our last move. We also have a Good Will center here and we donate clothing and bedding to help those less fortunate.
• India
23 Jan 07
if it is still useful to other than i give to my maid or their neighbour otherwise dump it in trash .
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Well currently we don't have many useless though useful things to spare. We do belong to a few freecycle groups. That way useful things find new homes. We also have a free clothing bank that would take the gently used clothing we might have. I also have the option of selling things on Ebay since I have a store there.
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• United States
25 Mar 07
I usually give my stuff away to friends and family. If I have things that can't be used by them then I donate it to the Humane Society here. They have a thrift shop here in town that they sell stuff at to raise funds to take care of the animals.
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@missybal (4492)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I start by trying to sell it either on ebay or at a yard sale and then I give things to either friends or family and on to the salvation army.
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@maribea (2366)
• Italy
21 Mar 07
well there are particular moments in which I like putting things into better order in my home...it may be when I am a bit depressed or when spring comes or when I need to make more room for something...I usually try to sort things out and so I put some things aside to be donate, some other things that are old or damaged need to be dumped into trash (and I try to separate things according to their material) ...sometimes I find things that I borrowed and I run and give them back to the owner with lots of excuses...sometimes I find things that a friend of mine was looking for and give them to him or her..
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
21 Mar 07
My husband is more attached to stuff than I am and has a storage unit to prove it! LOL. I get tired of the clutter from time to time and will call the Council for the Blind to come pick up stuff. We also have the Good Will here. Yard sales, or as we call them around here, garage sales are a lot of work, and are best held on saturdays which is when I have to work, so haven't had one in many years. You can also give stuff through your local freecycle. That is where people offer for free the stuff they want to get rid of to people in their area. To find one in your area look here http://freecycle.org/groups/
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@Lisa_W (13)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I either try to ebay it, take it to the Salvation Army, or for larger stuff, such as furniture, I try Freecycle.com.
• United States
1 Feb 07
We usually sold them on Ebay!
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@ssh123 (31100)
• India
22 Jan 07
I know a guy who sells from pin to elephant. the unwanted and undesirable stuff is sold to him for a song.
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@Qaeyious (2362)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I had this strange obsession of buying books. I would buy maybe one or two dozen a year. Maybe I would start reading them, but then I would never finish. I now have about two dozeen boxes of partially read books that I didn't give the time to read completely. Now I just buy magazines and graphic novels, but at least I read them. OK, I might buy two or three books a year, and I do read most of them.
@Psychosis (356)
• United States
5 Jul 07
I take the old household stuff that I don't use anymore and either give it to my mother or donate it to my church.