As you go about sorting through the things in your house and yard to do some spring cleaning, have you run across anything that you don’t need or want, but don’t want to throw away?
If you are typical, you have many of those such items! Last week we talked about some of the various places you can donate your cast offs to. (And we’ll repeat the list with phone numbers at the bottom of this column.)
It’s great to give away things to charities that you know can use them. But sometimes with tight budgets and the rising cost of living, you are the one who could use a little extra cash!
In this week’s column we’re going to give you some ideas of how to earn some money for items you no longer need but don’t want to throw away or give away.
But first, just to remind everyone why we’re talking about Spring Cleanup now, several area cities have designated days of a free trip to the dump. In fact, if you are a resident of Cosmopolis or McCleary, today is your day! Here’s the schedule:
• McCleary – From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the parking lot behind City Hall.
• Cosmopolis – From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the LeMay Transfer Station, 4201 Olympic Highway in Central Park.
• Hoquiam – From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, through Saturday, April 26, at the LeMay Transfer Station.
• Aberdeen – The month of May and June during normal transfer station hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sunday. Residents will receive a voucher in the mail for a one-time free visit.
· Westport – Westport is offering the entire month of May for its residents to take advantage of free dump fees. Residents can choose which day in May to bring their junk into the LeMay Transfer Station in Central Park. Westport residents must get a voucher from their City Hall.
MAKE SOME MONEY
• Garage sale – If in your sorting you discover that you have a variety of items that you’d like to sell, and you’re up for a bit of work, your best bet is a garage sale! An even better idea is to get together with some neighbors or friends for a huge garage sale. That way you can share the costs, and attract a bigger crowd with a promise of a variety of items. Usually a combination of old and new advertising works best – try a classified ad, excellent signage plus alerting all your friends on Facebook!
• E-bay and other online auction sites – If what you have to sell is easy to ship, or is so valuable you might need a larger audience to get the price it deserves, an online auction might be the ticket for you. Take a look at what similar items are selling for and how fast they are selling to get an idea how you should price what you have.
• Classified Ads – Many people still look in the classified ads in their local newspaper (like this one!) for items. If you have a few, higher priced items like furniture, this might make a good way to find a buyer.
• Metal Buyers – If what you want to get rid of is made of metal and you don’t think you’ll get much for its intrinsic value – perhaps a bent gate, a car hulk or an old swing set – call one of our local scrap metal buyers. Prices are pretty high right now.
• 2Good2Toss – This website 2Good2Toss.com is another good way to sell something of value. Designed specifically for this purpose – redirecting unwanted items away from the landfill – one benefit of this particular online service is that you can search easily by location. Maybe you’ll even see something that’s “wanted” or “free,” while visiting the site.
DONATE WHAT’S LEFT
Perhaps a few things didn’t sell from your garage sale, or no one online was interested in your old couch. Remember what we said last week, many local charities would love your old things. Here is a quick and dirty list of some of those charities.
• The Salvation Army Thrift Store, 118 West Wishkah St. in Aberdeen. For more information, or to schedule a pickup, call 533-6950.
• Goodwill, 1103 East Wishkah Blvd., in Aberdeen. For more information, call 532-0209
• The Union Gospel Mission, 405 East Heron St., Aberdeen. For more information, call 533-1064.
• Habitat for Humanity, 3005 Simpson Ave, Hoquiam. For more information, or to schedule a pickup, call 612-3350.
·•The Grays Harbor Community Clothing Bank, 301 N. G St, Aberdeen. For more information, call 532-1420.
Dave Murnen and Pat Beaty are construction specialists at NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor County, where Murnen is the executive director. This is a non-profit organization committed to creating safe and affordable housing for all residents of Grays Harbor County.
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