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In our blended household, we have stuff that is filling up the
cupboards....a lot of it! Most of it is just stuff. But, it is
so old that I can not just toss it.
For example; in the laundry room we have old tins of ''bon ami''
fabric whitener and ''Galler's Snow White'' a moth
poison....right, I'm asking parents what to do wih old poison,
but It is SO old, like he 40s-60s or so, and I am just
wondering if a theater company wants the boxes for
Or anyone collects this sort of thing,....???? I find e-bay
impossible to navigate personaly...I have a short attention
span with this sort of thing.
I gave some of it to Goodwill and I was shocked to see them
toss it into the dumpster on the spot.
Should I be trying to sell it? Goodness knows I could use
$$....but, My instinct is that it isn't of moneary value but
someone probably wants it? But who?
I did ask at the depot for creative re-use, but it sounded too
hard to give things to them. They said that I couldn't just
leave a bag there, but had to make an appointment and couldn't
do it then, had to phone on a certain day....and I have other
fish to fry as well as small kids with me so, it has to be an
easy drop off.
is it called 'front porch'? its on telegraph, just doors below 51st,
betty and article pract - all across the street from walgreens (in
Oakland). they have
lots of 40s-50s vintage stuff.
I think there are people out there who would be interested in
your vintage stuff.
I would check in with
http://www.filmoakland.com/ (ask for props companies)
http://www.sca-roadside.org/contact/index.html (do a general
inquiry asking to have something posted on the SCA listserv)
You could try SCRAP in SF for the vintage products. They are
sort of a warehouse for art material recycling, if they
couldn't take it, I'd say put them on Craigslist.
I am a professional space organizer, relatively new to the area.
I help people not only organize but also to release and get rid
of stuff. Since one's junque is another's treasure, I'd like to
have suggestions of places where miscellaneous stuff can be
donated. Which places take used stuff for good causes? Are there
places that will come and pick up from a home? Do any places
take used furniture? Thank you, Tova
Island cat resources and adoption
(http://www.icraeastbay.org/index.html) is a wonderful local
organization that holds a number of large yard sales a year to
raise funds to help with the issue of cat overpopulation in the
east bay. you can send an email (check the web site) or call
and let them know what you have to donate. Everything donated
is tax deductable - its a small, very dedicated organization
that does wonderful work.
Check out www.freecycle.org It is run in a Yahoo Groups format
and you can donate as well receive items/post wants. I've
posted a number of things that I no longer need but are
potentially useful to others. Typically, once the poster finds
a new owner for an item, they just leave the item(s) on the
doorstep and it's up to the taker to pick them up. It's free
and no exchange of funds is permitted.
Urban Ore (Off Hwy 80 at Ashby in Berkeley) is a great place to
donate used belongings - they take everything, and sometimes
they will even pay and pick up for big items.
Recycling Sports equipment: We have a small non-profit thrift
shop that helps support our school programs as well as
distributing some goods to the kids we serve. We are a 503C non-
profit, all donations are tax-deductible. 2095 Rose street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Freecycle.org is a place to post items that are free and people
can arrange to pick them up. Here's some info from their website:
The worldwide (!) FreecycleTM Network is made up of many
individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots movement of
people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own
towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator
(them's good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your
city by clicking on the region on the right. It will generate a
automatic e-mail which, when sent, will sign you up for your
local group and send you an response with instructions on how it
works. Or, go directly to the webpage for your city's group by
clicking on your city's link on the left. Can't find your city?
You might consider starting up a group (click on ''Start your own''
for instructions). Have fun!
The Freecycle(TM) Network was started in May 2003 to promote
waste reduction in Tucson's downtown and help save desert
landscape from being taken over by landfills. The Network
provides individuals and non-profits an electronic forum to
''recycle'' unwanted items. One person's trash can truly be
How does Freecycle(TM) posting work?
One main rule: everything posted must be free. Whether it's a
chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door to be given away, it
can be posted on the network. Or, maybe you're looking to acquire
something yourself? Respond to the posting directly and you just
might get it. After that it is up to the giver to set up a pickup
time for passing on the treasure.
The Alameda County Waste Management Authority publishes a really thorough
(free) guide of places that recycle/reuse just about everything, including
clothing, furniture, toys, appliances, etc. You can download a copy or request
one be mailed to you at:
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