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Vox Pop: Converting clutter from trash to treasure

Quick way to dispose of lots of stuff? | Ask MetaFilter

Wow, talk about good timing.

I've noticed in comments on this week's clutter posts that there's a lot of interest from you all in the away part of "throw away" -- people seem to have a lot of ideas on the most interesting, charitable, creative, and environmentally-responsible routes for converting your own trash into someone else's treasure.

So far we (and that AskMe thread) have covered:

  • Recycling
  • Goodwill (and similar charities)
  • 1-800-GOT-JUNK (and similar services)
  • Craigslist (and other classified avenues)
  • eBay (and other online sales ideas)
  • Freecycle
  • Putting it on the street with a "Free" sign

What's your creative solution? Let's try to avoid names of specific businesses and charities except inasmuch as they offer a truly creative and non-obvious solution to reuse or recycling. What's the most interesting way you've cleared your crap while doing some good? Have you got any suggestions that are clever and convenient?

Shira Lipkin's picture

I just donated a bunch...

I just donated a bunch of stuff to the Children's Clothing Exchange here in Boston:

"Even at a used-clothing outlet, the cost of clothing a family of four can be devastating for transitioning families. And the vast majority of homeless families are single-parent families — primarily mothers with small or grade-school children.

At the Children's Clothing Exchange, they trade for what they need — an eight-year old's winter coat for a ten-year old's summer outfit. Good quality for good quality. We take toys, too. If you don't have good clothes, you can trade your time, volunteering. Shopping at the Children's Clothing Exchange

Some are surprised that our barter system works with transitioning people at all. But we're never surprised at how much a person who's had so little is willing to give back. It's simple: the participants fill each other's needs, year after year."

Boston's is here: http://www.solutionsatwork.org/Services/ChildrensClothing.html

There might be a program like this in your city!




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