So you've done the Trash Bag Tango and decided what stays—and what goes. Not sure where to donate or sell your unwanted stuff? Here are a few ideas from Peter Walsh.
Clothing and Accessories
  • Dress for Success helps disadvantaged women get back on their feet by providing professional attire, career development assistance and a network of support. Learn more at
  • The Cinderella Project helps girls who can't afford a dress for prom have a magical night. There are chapters of this organization all over the country. Check your area to see if there's one near you!
  • Have old prescription glasses or regular sunglasses laying around? Drop them off at any Sunglass Hut or visit for more information.
Appliances and Furniture
  • Goodwill ( and The Salvation Army ( still offer to pick up from your home. If you're willing to deliver the goods yourself local churches, synagogues, homeless shelters, schools, senior centers and theater companies (think props!) may want your old artwork, books, CDs, videos, computers, furniture, rugs and kitchenware.
  • The National Furniture Bank Association ( routes your donated furniture, and sometimes kitchenware, to the Partnership for the Homeless and other nonprofits that help people set up households. Donors pay for removal.
  • The Donation Center at lists national charities willing to cart away old model appliances, free of charge, as long as they're in working order.
Computers and Books

Odds & Ends
Still Not Sure Where to Donate?
Visit to find the best fit for you. Simply enter the type of item you have and your area, and you'll get a list of local organizations to research.
As the saying goes, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Have some items you think could sell? Here are some ideas on where to get started.
  • Get the bidding going on! You never know what might sell—and for how much.
  • Garage sales don't only have to happen in the dog days of summer. Get creative and have one anytime, anywhere! Find out how.
  • Vintage is in—so sell to your local consignment shop! There are some consignment chains popping up around the country, as well as your favorite local shop.
  • If all else fails, try the classifieds. Call your local paper for rates or post for free on
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