Buy, Sell, Trade, Donate?

  • By birdie@getorganizedcolumbus.com
  • 28 Aug, 2016
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For individuals who are downsizing or planning a move, we often see the same types of home goods that families tend to want to let go of. But some items are easier to remove than others. Some things are good for resale while others might be better to donate. And some items won’t budge unless a hauler is […] The post Buy, Sell, Trade, Donate? appeared first on www.ColumbusClosets.com.
For individuals who are downsizing or planning a move, we often see the same types of home goods that families tend to want to let go of. But some items are easier to remove than others. Some things are good for resale while others might be better to donate. And some items won’t budge unless a hauler is hired. Here is a list of some the more difficult things to downsize before a move:
  1. Pianos. Locally, we like to try Graves Piano  http://gravespianos.com/we-buy-pianos/ for potential resell. Check out their page for guidelines before contacting them. Also, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore may accept pianos if you are willing to ship it to them. Again, you will want to contact your local HFH to make sure your piano will be accepted.
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  3. Treadmills and Bowflex machines. Most donation centers will not take them, but often a neighbor will. We recommend placing on your front side walk OR posting to a local buy, sell, trade site.
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  5. Pool Tables. If the new homeowner isn’t willing to take it, you could be left with a heavy chore. We like Best Billiardshttp://www.bestbilliardsinc.com/used.php for potential resale.
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  7. Mattresses. All the charities say they need them–but they are looking for ones in excellent condition.
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  9. Desks. Charities are not accepting large office-style desks.
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  11. China sets and dinette sets. The supply is much larger than the demand. As our lifestyles evolve, the desire for fancy dinnerware is falling to the wayside. Though they may not sell well, dinnerware is still a great donation item.
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  13. Non-flat screen TVs. Hard to find anyone who will take these anymore. Best Buy will recycle these for free if smaller than 32in. Most charities will not accept them.
Items most likely to sell or consign:
  1. kitchen tables
  2. dressers
  3. leather couches
  4. decorative mirrors
  5. occasional chairs
  6. vintage household items
  7. patio sets
  8. tools
Items especially needed for donation:
  1. beds and bedroom sets
  2. shoes
  3. coats
  4. kitchenware
  5. tables and end tables
  6. small and large appliances in good working condition
We’d love to hear your buy, sell, trade story!

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By Tera Harmon 16 Jan, 2018
Ever have that feeling after your home has been cleaned that things still don't seem put away and tidy? Or maybe you get that nagging sense when you walk into a room that things still need a "once over." Even in frequently-cleaned homes, we can feel like there is more to do when our clutter is the first thing that catches our eye in each room. Well the clutter itself may not be the only culprit. Our house habits can help highlight the things we use in a way that is not flattering.  Can you recognize any of these hotspots in your home?
By Tera Harmon 08 Jan, 2018
Photo Credit: Jay Wennington
By Birdie Brennan 04 Dec, 2017
Photo Credit: Kari Shea
By Tera Harmon 27 Nov, 2017
I always look forward to this cooler time of year to review coats and to decide where best to donate them. So many times when we hear about making a donation, we feel pressure to give financially. But giving something once owned and loved can be a fulfilling part of holiday tradition. I especially love involving kids so they can learn the idea of thinking of others at this time of year. Showing our kids how to prepare an item for donation teaches them how to care for others, but it also shows them to consider how their belongings can be useful beyond their own toy box. The act of cleaning up a gently used truck or putting new batteries into a remote control car to donate demonstrates to kids that our items are valuable to others--and that condition matters. This donation ritual is also an important purge ritual before the influx of contents that are about to enter our homes. 
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For even the most novice cooks, between now and the end of the year, many kitchens are about to get a workout. We may be hosting parties, holiday meals, trying a new recipe or two, participating in pot lucks, or baking with friends and family. Would't it be great if everything we need is at our fingertips--clean and functional for when we need it?


So often the tools and items we rely on at this time of year are somewhere in the back of cupboards, sideboards, or stored on basement shelving. I recommend gathering, cleaning, and staging the items you know will be needed in the coming weeks. In last week's post ( https://www.getorganizedcolumbus.com/the-ready-made-pantry ) we talked about a well-stocked pantry for the holiday season; for now, let's focus on the items we will likely need in the kitchen and dining areas.
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By Tera Harmon 16 Jan, 2018
Ever have that feeling after your home has been cleaned that things still don't seem put away and tidy? Or maybe you get that nagging sense when you walk into a room that things still need a "once over." Even in frequently-cleaned homes, we can feel like there is more to do when our clutter is the first thing that catches our eye in each room. Well the clutter itself may not be the only culprit. Our house habits can help highlight the things we use in a way that is not flattering.  Can you recognize any of these hotspots in your home?
By Tera Harmon 08 Jan, 2018
Photo Credit: Jay Wennington
By Birdie Brennan 04 Dec, 2017
Photo Credit: Kari Shea
By Tera Harmon 27 Nov, 2017
I always look forward to this cooler time of year to review coats and to decide where best to donate them. So many times when we hear about making a donation, we feel pressure to give financially. But giving something once owned and loved can be a fulfilling part of holiday tradition. I especially love involving kids so they can learn the idea of thinking of others at this time of year. Showing our kids how to prepare an item for donation teaches them how to care for others, but it also shows them to consider how their belongings can be useful beyond their own toy box. The act of cleaning up a gently used truck or putting new batteries into a remote control car to donate demonstrates to kids that our items are valuable to others--and that condition matters. This donation ritual is also an important purge ritual before the influx of contents that are about to enter our homes. 
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