Outdoor temperatures are rising, trees are starting to bud, and daffodils are already poking through new spring soil. Spring is nearly here and spring-cleaning is just around the corner. If you’re doing the cleaning yourself, rather than using a service, here are some resources to keep your old stuff out of landfills.
Turn the Page Again: Located right on Bell Blvd., the used bookstore Turn the Page Again offers most books for $5 or less. Books in good condition can be exchanged for store credit or tax credit. Run by Transitional Services for New York, Inc., the store offers a second chance for the depressed and mentally ill by providing counseling and job training skills.
Bridge to Life, Inc.: Dedicated to helping young mothers and families, Bridge to Life, Inc. offers assistance to young families. They accept donations of new or gently used baby products, including cribs, strollers, car seats, and baby clothes. For a complete list of acceptable donations and services provided, visit http://www.thebridgetolife.org/Home.html.
Freecycle.com: Freecycle is an online community where all goods are offered and taken for free to keep usable items out of landfills. You can post something you’d like to give away, or put up a posting for something you’d like to have. Freecycle forms networks by town, so check out their website and search for a group in your area.
Ebay.com: Why not make a little extra money from your unwanted stuff? Ebay is a great website for selling, recognized everywhere in the United States and many other countries as well. It’s a great way to reach a wide audience and offload your unwanted stuff for cash.
Craigslist.com: Things can be listed for sale or free on Craigslist, making it a great place to find local treasure or get rid of things quickly. There’s also a barter section, where you can offer something you no longer want in exchange for something you do.
Withcauses.com: Boats, computers, land, and more! With Causes Charitable Network donates your old stuff to those who need it most. The forms needed to donate are available on their website, and all donations are tax deductable.
Junk Luggers: Don’t want to get rid of it yourself? Call Junk Luggers. For a fee, Junk Luggers will come to your house and take away unwanted items. When possible, items are donated to local charities. All other items are properly recycled. Fees depend on several factors, including the amount and type of products being picked up, location, and necessary labor. For more information, visit www.junkluggers.com or call 1-888-Lug-Junk.