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Got junk? March 31, 2005 9:01 AM

I came across a great service that hauls your junk away ...

 1-800-GOT-JUNK 

How do you get rid of YOUR junk?  Share your story, or ideas!

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 March 31, 2005 10:39 AM

If I have any really big stuff that I can't get rid of myself, our local housing council will remove it, e.g. large pieces of furniture.  Sometimes a local charity will come and collect it too.  All my other stuff, I take to the charity shop ~ usually the Hospice Shop.

Car-boot sales are very popular over here in the u.k.

Rosie

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Junk? April 06, 2005 7:15 AM

I'm in Kansas. Our Salvation Army will take furniture here. There are several thrift stores, charities and so on that will take clothes, kitchen works, knick-knacks.

But I have a ton of those Happy Meal and Kiddie Meal toys that my kids saved forever and left behind. A lot of them still work and are clean and decent looking. The ones that were still in plastic I gave away at Halloween. But the local shops have told me they don't want any open ones which makes me hesitate about giving the things away.

I left them out and the teenagers came over and were, "Oh, wow! I used to have these!" So my daughter kept the ones she really liked and is passing duplicates on to her friends. My husband and I have kept a couple of favorites too. I guess if you give it a bit of time and keep an open mind, the avenue comes to take the extras.

Maybe not.  I've got a lot more stuff that needs a tsunami to get it out of here.  --Linda
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 April 06, 2005 11:08 AM

I always keep one large paper grocery bag out for Goodwill items.  If I try to go through things specifically looking for items that I want to donate, I forget a lot and I don't usually have time.  When I have the bag ready, I know what to do with stuff that I run across and ask myself "Why do I even have this?"  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 April 06, 2005 9:12 PM

Freecycling

You can find loving new homes for your unwanted possessions with the click of a mouse. Called freecycling, its the brainchild of RISE, a Tucson, Arizona, organization devoted to keeping usable items of landfills. The added bonus: new owners will pick up your old stuff, saving you a schlep to the thrift store. Individuals and nonprofits join a local Yahoo! group's e-mail list and post descriptions of things they're giving away or seeking. Volunteers moderate the list, and everything posted must be free. The person offering an item responds to requests and arranges the pickup time and place. Go to http://www.freecycle.org to find a group near you or to start a new one in your area.

Through our local group, my husband and I have found homes for old cell phones, a Spanish/English dictionary and computer software/hardware. We got a dryer that someone was getting rid of because it didn't work. My husband spent $40 on a new motor and it works fine now!


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Another care2 group... April 13, 2005 6:11 PM

Check out Global Trade and Recycle:
http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/Global_Trade

This is a good person-to-person way to do it.
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 April 21, 2005 12:55 AM

Someone recently told me about calling their local waste removal company who picks up their trash, and they offer FREE pick up of large pieces -- sofas, mattresses, etc.  A call needs to be made to them to schedule the pick up, as they don't pick up on their normal trash route.

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