So you’re moving! Onto the next chapter in your life. It’s exciting until you start to get a handle on what exactly it is you need to move. How did you acquire all this STUFF! Fortunately, there are several options for your accumulations.
Option #1 – DONATE
There are many fantastic places for the furniture, clothing, household items you no longer need. Here are some of my favorites!
Household Goods 530 Main Street, Acton (978) 635-1710
Household Goods provides a full range of donated furniture and household items, free of charge, to help people in need make a home. Most of their clients are moving out of motels or shelters into very small apartments. They can pick furniture and household goods at no charge, to help set up an apartment and get themselves back on their feet. A large percentage of their clients have children so for safety reasons they do not accept glass topped tables,etc.
Drop off donations on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9-12. Click here for a list of items they accept.
You’re moving, downsizing and need to trim that library back a bit? There is a fabulous organization that takes gently loved books. I can’t say enough about them.
More than Words helps at risk youth who are in the foster system, court-involved, homeless, or have dropped out of high school. (781) 788-0035
With two bookstore locations, they employ these youths empowering them to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business They challenge the youth with two jobs: the Business Job and the “You” Job.
GAINING PROFESSIONAL SKILLS:
THE BUSINESS JOB
• Work 20+ hours/week
• Manage an online & retail bookstore in Boston and a bookstore/café in Waltham
• Train in all aspects of business
• Facilitate peer-led trainings and team meetings
• Plan and host store events
• Track performance and earn promotions
SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING LIFE:
THE YOU JOB
• Learn essential life skills (opening a bank account, finding housing, getting an ID)
• Participate in workshops, mock interviews, resume building
• Craft individualized action plans
• Be accountable for their progress
• Commit to getting GED or diploma
• Receive assistance to pursue higher education
More than Words has 2 Store locations:
Bookstore and Cafe
376 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Boston Warehouse Bookstore
242 East Berkeley Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Also: Book Donation drop off location: 56 Felton Street, Waltham (781) 314-9330
More traditional donation outlets:
Habitat for Humanity – ReStore Donations are sold, with monies going towards Habitat housing projects in our area.
Option #2 – CONSIGNMENT
Consigning gives you the option of getting a few shekels for your pieces. I like Buy and Consign in Waltham. Hand pick estate cleanouts. Their cut is 50%. Prices are reduced every 2 months until they’re gone. Eventually, however, the items are donated.
Option #3 – ON-LINE SITES
EBAY – enough said!
REPLACEMENTS – they deal with china, crystal, flatware and dinnerware. When I inherited my mother’s china, we replaced the missing pieces here!
Option #4 – JUNK COMPANIES
GotJunk or (800) 468-JUNK (5865)
Type in your zip code, select the pick up date / time (it’s a 2 hour window). They donate or recycle 61.3% of what they pick up! Picking up appliances, furniture, TV’s, mattresses, and bags / boxes of who knows what. Prices seem very reasonable. A client of mine used them. He left a huge pile of lawn furniture, old mattresses, boxes of misc items. Got Junk showed up in a 20’ branded truck, loaded everything. Took a Charge card over the phone. About $750.00. DONE!
(781) 826-3120) is the sister company of Buy and Consign. They take everything from any part of your home including the garage, attic and basement – furniture, clothing, rubbish, hazardous wastes, old bikes, or anything that is cluttering up your home. They take everything, do all the labor, and are responsible for disposing of it in a green and environmentally safe way. They also work in partnership with Household Goods!
Option #5 – ESTATE SALE
Most estate sale companies will sort, price and catalog items. However, you want one that goes that extra step.
- Place drop cloths over all carpet
- Clean and wipe all items
- Have a cashier
- Have several security people, ideally 1-2 per floor
- Advertise in local paper and online
- Inform local antique dealers
- Post the sales on their website
- Clean house when finished
- Donate all items left
- Give donation paperwork to Seller
There is a charge of between 25 – 30% of the total sales. Some companies charge a flat fee.
In your search, for an estate sale company, also ask for referrals. Call different clients that have used them.
Trilogy Estate Sales is very good. (617) 969-1093
They will liquidate the entire contents of a home and provide free consultations!
There are lots of options depending on your time and the complexity of the job. The biggest help of all is TIME! Give yourself alot of it. If you know you’re going to be down-sizing in a few years, start NOW.