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Question DetailsAsked on 5/25/2017

I am downsizing and need someone to come get a lot of items at no cost to them and my cost very low for what they a

I have a household full of items. Craft supplies ,stove futon, couch which folds into bed, beads and supplies many kitchen items free for the taking.

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    Here are some previous questions about how to dispose of personal possessions for some cash - and of course used goods stores will come out and give you a lump sum offer on a larger lot - typically at 5-15% of original value. And antique dealers of course if you have antiques:

    If you don't want anything back you could contact local senior centers or boys and girls clubs or such about craft supplies - I am sure they will take them, and they sometimes want chairs and couches too. For household goods donate to Salvation Army, ARCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters or similar non-profits which run or have affiliated used goods stores - they all have regular truck runs to come pick stuff up.

    Or you could call United Way about organizations they support who might be able to use it - homeless and abused woman shelters like Claire House and runaway homes and such commonly need furniture and bedding and clothing and kitchen items such.

    If large quantity or too big for you to move to leave outdoors for normal pickup by the charity on the designated day, talk to management and they will come and look at what you have, then arrange for truck(s) to come pick it up from inside the house. Only requirement will be for you to CLEARLY mark EACH item going (or each box if boxed) or have it all set aside in a pile or single room or such, so it is very clear what is going. Stickers, colored ribbon marking, etc - and they will of course need you there when they are picking up if you cannot put it outside and cover it to protect against rain.

    If you want a receipt for tax purposes, generally if more than $250 worth (used value) in a single donation then you will need to get a personal property appraiser to do an appraisal first - non-profits generally do not do statements of value, just a receipt that they picked it up, so you have to do an inventory and appraisal if you want to deduct on your taxes. (Cost of the appraisal - probably $100-250 for a part household worth of donations is also deductible).

    Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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