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Urge to Purge: Finding New Life for Old Things

After sheltering in place for weeks, your home has never been more organized. You’ve Marie Kondo’d every room, closet, cabinet, and drawer. But now you’re wondering what to do with the pile of clothes, furniture, jewelry, appliances, etc. that you’ve amassed. The answer? Donate or consign locally. Rather than leave these items in the trash, turn to the many local businesses and nonprofits that rely on your donations and contributions to operate. Read on to get the 411 on what to donate, what to consign, where to go, and how to find out when these businesses will be accepting donations once again.


DONATIONS

ReCreate
Roseville, recreate.org
ReCreate is a nonprofit collecting safe, clean, and unwanted arts and craft items from local businesses. At the ReUse Store, knitters, crafters, teachers, costume-makers, scrap-bookers, and holiday-decoration enthusiasts can find items and goods for their creative projects—all at “pay-what-you-can” prices.
How to donate: ReCreate Director Donna Sangwin says you can email [email protected] to let them know you have items you’d like to donate. “We are hoping to accept curbside donations soon with proper social distancing as mandated.”
What to donate: Sangwin says they really appreciate when like items are bundled together. “Boxes of random items all tossed in are very difficult to sort,” she says. ReCreate accepts fabric, scrapbooking supplies, rubber stamps, sewing notions, yarn, knitting needles, ribbon, architecture/designers samples, jewelry-making supplies, office supplies, art paints, brushes, multimedia notions, postcards, stationery, etc.
What not to donate: Toxic items, scraps of material too small to use, dirty items, and used fabric, clothing, or furniture.

Snowline Hospice
Various locations, snowlinehospice.org
This nonprofit serves the local community by enhancing the lives of those with chronic illnesses and patients nearing end-of-life. Snowline Hospice operates four thrift stores (three in El Dorado County and one in Sacramento County) as well as a Reuse & Processing (RAP) Center in Placerville. All proceeds from the stores help fund the clinical mission of Snowline.
How to donate: Visit Snowline Thrift on Facebook (facebook.com/snowlinethrift) for the latest information for donations. Daron Hairabedian, director of organizational development at Snowline, says each location has a donation drop-off or “alley” staffed with trained donation receivers. They will retrieve the donation from your vehicle. “Over time, we have learned about what sells and what doesn’t,” he says. “The donation receivers have to determine what we can and cannot take.”
What to donate: Snowline Thrift stores accept clothing, linens, housewares, kitchenware, small kitchen appliances, jewelry, pictures/art, garden items, pet items, furniture, and media (including DVDs, records, and CDs). Each location also accepts a limited number of books per day.
What not to donate: Magazines, VHS, LP-operated items, large household appliances, anything with excessive wear and tear, or furniture and other items that are broken or unsafe.

Shop WEAVE
Sacramento, weaveinc.org/shop-weave
WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment) has three stores throughout Sacramento where you can shop to support the nonprofit. All proceeds at all locations help fund WEAVE programs and services that empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to regain their independence.
How to donate: Visit their website for updates regarding donations and pickups. WEAVEWorks on Arden is the main hub for all donations, including pickups and drop-offs. WEAVEWorks and TRUE, a WEAVE boutique, request items to be off hangers and placed in a disposable bag or box. TRUE accepts up to three bags. When pickups resume, call 916-643-4606 to schedule your donation. “We are expecting more than our normal amount of donations, and for that we are grateful,” WEAVE CEO Beth Hassett says. “We do ask that our donors are patient with us at this time, as we may need to temporarily reduce our store hours and/or donation times as we get back up to speed.”
What to donate: WEAVE accepts gently used clothing for men, women and kids in addition to, shoes and accessories (jewelry, scarves, purses, and belts). Small home items, such as lamps, decorative items, sheets, towels, pictures, and toys are also accepted. WEAVE also accepts furniture, but they ask donors to submit a picture to [email protected]
What not to donate: Mattresses, electric blankets, any children’s items that are weight bearing, such as a pack and play, stroller, high chair, and car seat. WEAVE does not take electronics and computers. They also will not accept clothing with stains, holes, or items that are falling apart. 


Consignment

Consignment is a process where customers bring their items to consignment stores to sell. Once those items are sold, they’ll receive a commission. Consigning clothing, accessories, jewelry, or furniture is an option to help you purge items that are no longer of use and then make money doing it.

ReLoveIt Consignments
Folsom, reloveit.us
How it works: Customers can bring in items anytime the store is open. Employees will review the items and decide if they can consign it. “Consignors receive 40% of the final selling price of items consigned,” ReLoveIt Owner Rachel Arendt explains. “If a consignor decides to use store credit, an additional 10% of the consignor’s balance will be added to the consignor’s credit.” Payments for items sold can either be mailed or picked up at the store. Items are kept on consignment for 90 days. At the end of this period, all items that have not sold are donated to WEAVE and tax donation receipts are available upon request.
What to consign: Clothing must be of current style and in excellent condition. ReLoveIt accepts items seasonally, with the following schedule: January: light winter items (no tall boots or heavy coats); February: transition to spring items (no shorts or swimsuits); March-July: spring and summer items; August: transition to fall items (no tall boots or heavy coats); September-December: fall and winter items.
What not to consign: ReLoveIt will not accept clothing with stains, holes, missing buttons, broken zippers, or odor. They do not accept items from Walmart, Target, Old Navy, or Kmart and are selective on items from stores such as Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, and H&M.  

Home Consignment Center
Locations in Roseville and Folsom, thehomeconsignmentcenter.com
How it works: Home Consignment Center has large showrooms featuring consigned furniture, artwork, décor, and jewelry. Home Consignment Center Store Manager Leisa Rigby says new items arrive daily from model homes, manufacturers, factory closeouts, and the areaʼs finest homes. To consign with HCC, no appointments are required. Bring your items to either location, or email/text a photo to Home Consignment Center (contact information is listed at thehomeconsignmentcenter.com). Follow HCC on Facebook (facebook.com/hccroseville or facebook.com/hccfolsom) to stay up-to-date with requests for certain items that they need to replenish.
What to consign: HCC sells furniture, artwork, home décor, and jewelry. The jewelry department sells high-quality contemporary and vintage jewelry of all kinds, including platinum, gold, diamonds, precious stones, watches, and more. Whatever you wish to consign should be in a salable condition.
What not to consign: Rigby says there are some items HCC can’t consign, such as used mattresses, bedding, and pillows. HCC doesn’t accept stained, torn, or damaged items. Furniture items with pet odors and scratch marks will be refused. They may also decline items based on inventory levels. 

Save or Sell?

ReLoveIt Owner Rachel Arendt shares four questions to ask yourself as you clean out your closet.
  1. How long has it been since you wore it? “Clothes have no value to you if they sit in the closet untouched for long periods of time,” she says.
  2. How does the item make you feel? “If you don’t feel great wearing an item, it’s time to let it go,” she says.
  3. Does the item fit well? “Holding onto a handful of items that don’t fit but you absolutely love is not a big deal. However, if you have many items that don’t fit, it’s probably time to get them out of the closet and make space for things that do fit,” she says.
  4. Would you wear the item today? “My personal rule: If I notice an item in my closet that I haven’t worn for a while and is appropriate for the day, I tell myself that if I don’t wear it today, I can’t keep it, because I will most likely never choose to wear it,” she says.


Decluttering Documents

As you clean out your office, desk, and filing cabinets, be sure to hold onto important documents, including the last seven years of tax records, RedDog Shredz Owner Kim Rorh says. You can get rid of past bank statements and old checks, and the safest way to destroy important, personal documents is to shred them. RedDog Shredz accepts all paper to shred. If you aren’t sure how to discard any paper documents, Rorh share five words of advice: “When in doubt, shred it.”


by  KOURTNEY JASON