What should I do with all this stuff?
Great question! You should turn your stuff into cash, of course. However, if you don’t have the time or energy to invest in selling your things there are many great charities who would love to have your stuff.
1. The Scholar Shop (Update: they just closed disregard this option!)
Are you native to St. Louis? If so, the Scholar Shop is an excellent cause to support. Their mission is to improve access to postsecondary education for students in the community who lack financial means. Donated items find new purpose when they’re purchased by new owners and money raised from the sales fund interest free loans for those seeking higher education.
The Scholar Shop will send you an itemized list with fair market value for each item—mailed to you right before tax season!
2. The Library
Call your local public library. Often they will take books and either circulate them into their collection or sell them at their fundraising book fairs. Either way, books that have been collecting dust in your house for years will get the chance to come alive again.
3. Men’s Warehouse
Men’s Warehouse spearheads a suit drive called Suit Karma several times a year. The National Suit Drive benefits at-risk men transitioning into the workforce. Donate your gently used professional attire as a first step to someone’s second chance. In addition to directly changing someone’s life, you will receive a 50% off coupon for your next purchase and a tax receipt. You can drop your business clothes off at any location at any time but will only receive the coupon during the suit drive.
Goodwill is a great place to make donations. The non-profit generates opportunities to achieve economic stability for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges by offering job training, employment placement services, and other community based programs. Bring in your donated items or call your local store to see if their truck is servicing your area for a home pick up.
5. Secure the Call
There are still tens of millions of people in the U.S. who do not have (and cannot afford) a cell phone. Secure the Call is a charity that provides free 911 emergency-only cell phones to Senior Citizen Centers, Domestic Violence Shelters, and Police and Sheriff Departments. Mail your phone for free using a prepaid mailing label found on their site.