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Old 02-10-2011, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Any ideas for a place or charity in NoVA to donate items? Not interested in selling these things myself, but a charity resale shop or school group having a rummage sale could sell them.

The items are collectibles that I did not buy (someone gave them to us). They are beautiful and somewhat expensive, but we don't want to keep them. Just want them out of the house, and I would rather not throw them away if someone would enjoy them. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Richmond va
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Any ideas for a place or charity in NoVA to donate items? Not interested in selling these things myself, but a charity resale shop or school group having a rummage sale could sell them.

The items are collectibles that I did not buy (someone gave them to us). They are beautiful and somewhat expensive, but we don't want to keep them. Just want them out of the house, and I would rather not throw them away if someone would enjoy them. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
The goodwill they will even come to your house and pick them up!
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Leesburg VA
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A local thrift store will take them. I am in Leesburg VA and we have several local shops that happily take donations and give your a tax write off receipt. I dropped them and their back door and was done. If you are near Leesburg VA let me know and I will send you the store name I used.
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Try The Freecycle Network. My wife and I use it all the time and think it's terrific.
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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Try The Freecycle Network. My wife and I use it all the time and think it's terrific.
I agree with this. You can get rid of almost anything on Freecycle.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:15 AM
 
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How about a charity that is meaningful to you (or to the person who gave them to you?)...
e.g., Hospice of Northern Virginia thrift shop... Humane Society Thrift Shop... Clock Tower Thrift Shop (Northern Virginia Family Service)... Yesterday's Rose in Fairfax serves several local charitable groups. For such a charitable donation, you also get a tax deduction.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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I routinely donate to the Lupus Foundation. They have a store in DC where they sell things and use the money for their foundation. They are always saying they need "knick knacks." They will pickup from your house.

The link is www.lupuspickup.org
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:04 PM
 
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I am just donating a very nice sofa (2 years old -- rarely used) to Second Chance Thrift Shop in Falls Church -- they are associated with the Humae Society. They even have a truck and are very nice and come to pick up things. I also notice that lots of people go to their thrift shop and are able to enjoy and purchase these nice "cast offs." They take all sorts of things -- household items, furniture, costumes, clothing, etc. As an aside -- they are a good source for Halloween costumes!
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Thank you for these great suggestions, everyone! Always glad to be reminded about giving to Goodwill, and it's helpful to learn about the others, like Clock Tower Thrift Shop and Yesterday's Rose. Thank you for the Lupus donation link, ChristineVA!

And if all else fails, I'll leave them on the curb in front of our house with a sign saying "Please take these home with you" and hope that a knick-knack deprived individual happens along.
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Fern, in addition to these things if you have anything that could be used for building (furniture, lamps, extra wallpaper, extra tiles, appliance, etc.) Habitat for Humanity would love to have it. I think they might also take the gift items, since I think they have a resale store as well.
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