Cash in Your Castoffs
If you think you’ll net less than $5 for that paperback or old prom dress online, then consider donating it to a good cause. Below, find some reputable charities that accept used goods. Make sure you get an itemized receipt stamped with the charity’s name. You can then write off your donation on your next tax return, as long as the item is in “good used condition or better,” as required by the Internal Revenue Service.
Dress for Success collects women’s professional clothing and distributes it to disadvantaged women to help them compete in the job market and become economically independent.
Homelessshelterdirectory.org will direct you to a local shelter that will take nonperishable food, clothing, and personal-care items to benefit those in need.
International Book Project acquires books in excellent condition for literary programs around the world.
National Cristina Foundation accepts used computer equipment and directs donations to local nonprofit organizations, schools, and public agencies throughout the United States.
The National Furniture Bank Association collects good-quality used furniture for local organizations, including women’s shelters and disaster-relief organizations.
The Salvation Army accepts clothing, furniture, household goods, and more. The items are then sold to the general public, and 82 percent of the proceeds help fund more than 150 adult-rehabilitation centers across the country.
The Vietnam Veterans Association will come to your house and pick up clothing and household goods, which are then sold to privately owned thrift stores. Sixty-eight percent of the proceeds go to Vietnam veterans and their families.