Tips On Donating Items To A Thrift Store

October 10, 2019

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We are getting to the time of the year where charity becomes a top priority and donating unused items to a thrift store can be a great way to give back.  But before you pack up and drop off items to a thrift store, give them a call first to see what they'll accept before you leave the house. Many thrift stores appreciate you thinking of them but they may not be able to sell an item you wish to donate or perhaps have dozens of the same items you have that are not selling. Don't donate with an out of sight, out of mind mentality. You probably want to donate the broken or dirty things in your house because putting them in the garbage seems wasteful. But if it’s too nasty for you to clean, the place you donate it to won’t be able to make any miracles happen, either. Keep in mind that if the item you’re getting rid of is especially dirty, broken, or missing necessary pieces, the staff who sort through the donations won’t be able to put it on the sales floor. If the item doesn’t function anymore, you’re probably better off throwing it away or finding a way to recycle it. Lastly, make sure you always check through the bags or boxes of stuff you’re giving away to make sure you’re not accidentally donating something you want to keep. Once the staff receives your donation, it’s very difficult to find again, especially if its contents have already been sorted through. The longer it takes you to discover you’re missing something, the more likely it is that the staff won’t be able to find it.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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