What can I do with all of my stuff?!

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As flocks of students move out of dorms, apartments and houses, a common question is what can I do with all of my unwanted things? We are all sad to be leaving our friends behind and want to spend as much time with them as possible, which may incline you to throw your things in a dumpster…

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BUT WAIT! Here is a list for the most common types of items you are looking to get rid of. This list will help you determine where your stuff can go instead of throwing it in a dumpster. Whether you’re making money or helping someone in need, you can help eliminate trash.

Note: $ indicates possible money for your items, and remember, donated items can be tax deductible. Also, these places are in the Iowa City area. There may be other locations not listed here.

Books

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1. $ University Book Store and Iowa Hawk Shop: Book Buyback can get you some cash for your college textbooks you no longer need. Visit their site to see a schedule and locations. Some books may not be accepted.

2. $ Amazon, Iowa Book Exchange and Beat the Bookstore are all options for selling your used textbooks for cash.

3. World Wide Book Organization Drop-off: A UI Student has arranged a book drive through the WWBO which donates books to poor schools and under privileged kids. They also will recycle old books that can no longer be used. Drop-off boxes are located at:

- The Banker room in the Pharmacy Building

- College of Nursing Building student lounge

- College of Public Health Building by the stairs

- Medical Education Research Facility outside of the student lounge

DONATIONS MUST BE MADE BY FRIDAY MAY 16th!!!!!!

4. Little Free Libraries: There are dozens of Little Free Libraries located in the Iowa City area, this website lists all of the options. Place your non-textbooks books in the outside boxes to share with the community.

5. Salvation Army: To donate books, visit their website to arrange a pick-up or see their drop-off locations.

6. Goodwill: They accept books, cassettes, videos and DVDs. Donations can be taken to any of their locations, however, the closet location to campus is at 1500 S. 1st Avenue in Iowa City. They are open Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.,and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

7. Recycle: If your books are not accepted at any of these above locations, please recycle them at City Carton recycle! They are located at 3 E. Benton St. in Iowa City. It’s simple, just pull up and drop your books into the appropriate bin.

Food

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1. Crisis Center Food Bank: Donate items Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00. For donations at other times, call the 24-hour crisis line at (319)351-0140 for arrangements. They accept all unexpired food items, especially peanut butter, canned meat, canned fruit, fruit juice, pastas, rice, canned vegetables, soups, and more.

2. Free Lunch Program: Contact the FLP director and volunteer coordinator for a list of needed items.

Furniture

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1. Rummage in the Ramp: Bring your furniture to the Chauncey Swan parking ramp the last weekend in July for donations. Items will be sold for $1, $5, $10 and $10. Profits are split between local nonprofit groups.

2. Salvation Army: They accept a variety of furniture including sofas and end-tables. To donate, visit their website to arrange a pick-up or see their drop-off locations.

3. Crowded Closet: They have FREE furniture pick-ups in the Iowa City/Coralville/North Liberty areas. Outside of that area is $1 per mile. They will pick up your items from your curb, driveway or garage. Call (319)337-5924 to arrange a pick-up.

4. Habitat ReStore Furniture Project: The Furniture Project is located at 2401 Scott Blvd. SE. Donations of clean, gently used furniture are accepted daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may also arrange a pick-up of your items by calling (319)338-5687. All pieces must be at ground floor or in a garage for pick-up.

5. Fairweather Lodge Program: They need new or gently used items to furnish the Shelter House Lodge. Accepted items include coffee tables, chairs, couches, desks, lamps, rugs, and wall art. Contact Erin at (319)530-4729 to arrange delivery or pick-up of these items.

6. The Shelter House: The shelter house has an account at Stuff Etc in both Iowa City (1027 Hwy 6E) and Coralville (2818 Commerce Dr.). Simply drop off your furniture at Stuff Etc and tell them to add it to the “Shelter House” account.

7. $ Stuff Etc: Furniture items are accepted seven days a week. They can also help you move items by calling (319)545-8408 for arrangement.

School Supplies

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1. Donate to local schools! Look for schools around the area and contact them to arrange a drop-off. Schools run through supplies quickly, and appreciate donations to help students who may not be able to afford supplies.

2. DVIP (Domestic Violence Intervention Program) Youth Program: They are looking for paint, paintbrushes, backpacks, gym bags, art paper and supplies, and toys. To arrange pick-up or drop-off call Chris at (319)351-1043.

3. Iowa4Cs: They are in need of crayons, markers, paper, sticky notes, etc. Items can be dropped off at 1500 Sycamore Street or at Home Ties Child Care Center, 405 Myrtle Ave.

Clothes

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1. Goodwill: They accept clothing in all sizes, styles and conditions. Clothing not suitable for resale are recycled. Donations can be taken to any of their locations, however, the closet location to campus is at 1500 S. 1st Avenue in Iowa City. They are open Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.,and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

2. Salvation Army: They will accept clothing in all sizes. Visit their website to arrange pick-ups and see their drop-off locations.

3. $ Platos Closet: Sell your gently used clothes items to Platos Closet. Some items may not be accepted. Simply bring your clothing items, purses and shoes to 1801 Second Street in Coralville.

4. DVIP Program: The DVIP program is accepting hats and mitten sets. To arrange pick-up or drop-off call Chris at (319)351-1043.

5. Four Oaks: They accept gently used clothing in all sizes. Please call (319)364-0259 to arrange drop-offs.

6. The Shelter House: The shelter house has an account at Stuff Etc in both Iowa City (1027 Hwy 6E) and Coralville (2818 Commerce Dr.). Simply drop off your clothing at Stuff Etc and tell them to add it to the “Shelter House” account.

7. $ Stuff Etc: Sell your clothes to Stuff Etc for some cash. An appointment is necessary for clothing drop-offs. You can also arrange pick-ups. Call (319)545-8408 for more details.

Kitchen Supplies

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1. Fairweather Lodge Program: Cake pans, cookie sheets. and pots and pans, etc. are all needed. Contact Erin at (319)530-4729 to arrange delivery or pick-up of these items.

2. DVIP Program: They are looking for pots and pan sets, silverware and bowls. To arrange pick-up or drop-off call Chris at (319)351-1043.

3. Goodwill: They accept dishes and glassware. Donations can be taken to any of their locations, however, the closet location to campus is at 1500 S. 1st Avenue in Iowa City. They are open Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.,and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Other

1. Perfume and body care sets, photo albums, and hair care products are welcomed for the shelter program and adult services at DVIP. Their agency is also accepting alarm clocks and laundry baskets. To arrange pick-up or drop-off call Chris at (319)351-1043.

2. The Crisis Center also accepts donations of laundry detergent and toilet paper. Donate items Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00. For donations at other times, call the 24-hour crisis line at (319)351-0140 for arrangements.

3. The Salvation Army will accept appliances and you can even arrange for a pick-up. Visit their website to arrange pick-ups and see their drop-off locations.

 

P.S. ALWAYS REMEMBER TO RECYCLE!

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