I started a thread on where used stamps could be sent to make money for charities. I already put our used clothes out for the local air ambulance, and I was wondering what other things could be recycled by the charities for money?
I don't know if anyone watched, a while back, on TV, a programme about charity shops. An expert was drafted to give the charity shop a makeover. One of the points that was made is that charity shops are often given - even with the best intention - stuff that is only fit for the bin. While it's good to give to charity we all should consider - is it worth anything!?
Charities take almost everything but some specilise. Some take furniture others don't. Rosie is right that we should perhaps take a little care with what we give for instance sewing buttons and washing etc. But I think that prog Mary Queen of Shops was it? gave a slightly false impression. Yes they won't saleable goods. Buy they also make money from clothes that are unsaleable because they sell as rags. And some make considerable amounts in this way. As they say where ther's muck there's brass. Phones and cartridges are also things that can be sent to charities which you will find by googling.
With the introduction of the Euro a few years ago there must be loads of old currency that people have left over, could this be a money spinner for charity shops selling it to collectors?
Other than that anything that you don't need but is still usable/wearable could be worth something to someone so could be donated to shops. Also, how about doing a car boot sale and with the money you end up with donate it to charity. This might even encourage people to not barter and pay a fair price?
Oxfam take used printer cartridges, coins (foreign and UK), used stamps, spectacles and mobile phones. They also have a special arrangement with M&S, whereby if you donate at least one item of M&S clothing to any Oxfam shop (including Oxfam book shops) Oxfam will give you a ?5 money off voucher to use in M&S. You do have to spend a minimum of ?35 in M&S to redeem the voucher though.
Years ago when I was a child I remember that we used to collect the foil tops off milk bottles that were given to charity (I have no idea which one this was now) but I don't think this is common practice nowadays. There is also a very good market for lead/copper but I am not aware of any specific charities that may ask for donations of this kind.
Charity shops are still taking old VHS pre-recorded videos (eg films/documentaries), records and books. The national ones are getting really good at sorting out to identify items that can be sold at a better price in specialist shops.
If it is old but unsaleable (say like a laundry post) then check whether your local museum knows anywhere that might like it. Similarly clothes that the charities may not be able to sell because they are too old but that are in reasonable condition may be of interest either to your local theatre group or to museums (to dress exhibits).
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