Updated: Mar 20
You've done a great job sorting through your things deciding what items you want to keep and you're left with unwanted items. Now what? If you're like most homeowners I work with, you'll know where you want to take some items, while other items (electronics or hazardous waste) are a bit more unclear. Not to worry! This post will help you navigate the options of
Hazard Waste Disposal
This post includes many national solutions to getting rid of your stuff along with options in my home town of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
I'm an advocate for donating unwanted items since the need in our communities is large. While an item no longer brings you joy, it might be the very thing someone else has been looking for quite some time.
Give Back Box partners with many retailers and has truly created a new method of waste diversion. In addition to creating a secondary use for the shipping box and guaranteeing that it will be recycled, it helps clear closets.
Fill out a pre-requested bag from the site, mail your items for donation or to sell.
Bridging is one of my go-to recommendations for furnishings and household items. You can drop off items at the Bridging facilities in Bloomington or schedule a pick up for a small fee. Bridging was founded on a simple idea that together we can create a bridge between those in need and those in excess.
Hope Chest for Breast Cancer is a resale shop including upscale home furnishings and accessories as well as high-end women's clothing. A percentage of the revenue funds the Emergency Assistance Grants that support local breast cancer patients and their families with financial support. You can drop off items at their resale shops located in Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Orono or schedule a pick up for a small fee.
Sharing & Caring Hands is set up to help with whatever needs of the poor are not being met. This includes providing meals, clothing, showers, shelter, transportation, rent assistance, medical assistance, dental care and other expenses. You can drop off items at their facilities in Minneapolis.
Disabled American Veterans is a national organization whose mission is to help build better lives for veterans and their families. The Minnesota chapter has the same mission, but the dollars stay in the state to help Minnesota veterans and their families. You can drop off items at several Twin Cities drop off locations or schedule a pick up.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. They believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities. To help fund their mission, the accept donations of household goods and building materials they sell at their restores. You can drop off items at their restores or schedule a pick up.
Arc Value Village resale outlets are located throughout the Twin Cities. The Mission of Arc's Value Village is to provide funding for The Arc Minnesota’s programs that help adults and children with disabilities and our community.
Goodwill is a convenient option with locations throughout the Twin Cities. The mission of Goodwill® is to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work.
There are many organizations that can use your old electronics for good. Below are some for you to consider:
This international organization accepts working computers, monitors, scanners and more and distributes them to schools in more than 70 developing countries.
This organization refurbishes and then donates electronics to schools, foster homes, veterans and more. Donations are accepted on a case-by-case basis.
This organization helps eliminate e-waste by making it easy for you to donate your electronics. They distribute the tech to a variety of organizations who can give the electronics a new life.
This organization helps provide US troops with prepaid international calling cards for active members as well as emergency funding to veterans in need by selling or recycling the electronics.
This organization provides free, emergency-only cell phones to domestic violence centers, senior citizen centers and police and sheriff departments.
This organization facilitates donations between consumers and hundreds of charitable and educational organizations in the US.
If you want to turn your clutter into cash, there are many different ways to do that, but will require some work on your part. You can consign your things, sell them at a digital marketplace or app, or set them out on a table and have a garage sale at your home. Whatever you choose, the list below should help you get started.
Consignment is an option for those who want to have someone else sell your clothes for you. The basic drill at a consignment store is you bring your unwanted items to the store and they sell them for you. They will take a cut of the sale and will provide you with a portion of the sale.
The Real Real - specializing in authenticated upscale items, this online retailer can help you get cash for your high-end fashion items.
TWIN CITIES CONSIGNMENT
June - one retail location in Minneapolis where you can buy or consign higher-end fashion clothing and accessories of women.
DIGITAL MARKETPLACES + APPS
There are many online marketplaces and apps where you can sell your unwanted items. Some options require a fee, while others let you sell your unwanted items for free.
Craigslist - online marketplace with no fee for selling.
Facebook Marketplace - online marketplace with no fee for selling.
SELLING SPECIALTY ITEMS
If you choose to sell your old electronics, there are several places you can get money for those items, including some of the marketplaces and apps listed above. The sites listed below are dedicated to the sale of electronics and generally work in a similar way: You visit their website or download their app, input what item(s) you wish to sell, you learn what they are worth and then you send the items in to the company. Once the company receives the item, you are paid.
Gizmogul - They donate one dollar from each transaction to help build schools around the world.
Large retailers like Apple, Amazon and Best Buy have trade-in programs.
You can sell your musical instruments using most of the digital marketplaces and apps listed above. Below are some options that are dedicated to musical equipment.
Guitar Center - locations throughout the Twin Cities to buy + sell old instruments
MusicGoRound - locations throughout the Twin Cities to buy + sell old instruments
Options to sell your wedding dress include: