Unclutter your life
From old clothes to computers, batteries to dishwashers, there’s a right — and often tax-deductible — way to dispose of it. It’s not just about getting rid of junk; it’s about giving it a new use. If you don’t find info here on the specific item you’re trying to unload, try earth911.com.
Office of Mitigation and Refugee Services of Cleveland Catholic Charities
Ask for Stacy Dever. (216) 939-3708
The most toxic batteries are NiCd (nickel cadmium) and NiMH (nickel metal hydride). There is virtually nothing harmful in alkaline batteries, but they do take up landfill space. Many places that sell batteries, especially car batteries, recycle old ones. As for household batteries, your best bet isRadio Shack, with numerous locations throughout Northeast Ohio.
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Volunteers of America
(440) 717-1500 or carshelpingpeople.org.
Free towing service
Generally, cell phone stores will recycle these items. Additionally, allBody Shop stores nationwide collect cell phones, donating the proceeds to the fight against domestic violence.
In our April story, “Spring Clean Your Life,” we printed a guide to clearing your house of everything from old cars to cleaning supplies. Here is the expanded list of where to sell or donate your old clothes. The following nonprofits pick up donations from your home:
Easter Seals Household Discard Program
(216) 662-4483 or donatestuff.com.
Accepts clothing and small household items.
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Vietnam Veterans of America
The Volunteers of America
Act II Shop at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights
Resale Shop, only sell good quality clothes
Among Other Things
364 Griswold Road, Elyria
Accepts all clothes.
The Cache Resale Shop
Church of the Covenant
11205 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Drop off Tuesday or Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or leave container in activity room. Accepts all clothes. Make list of what you’re leaving with name and address to get receipt.
Christ Child Clothing Cottage
1535R Mentor Ave., Painesville
Accepts men’s, women’s and children’s clothes, including accessories.
Christ Child Society Showcase Resale Store
16306 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
Accepts men’s women’s and children’s clothing. Doesn’t matter what the season is. Shoes, belts, etc. About the only thing they don’t take is furniture and appliances. Drop off anytime they’re open.
Discover Shops of the American Cancer Society
Akron Discover Shop
1690 W. Market St., Akron
Accepts clean, unabused clothing – men’s and women’s only
Chardon Discovery Shop
102 Cherry Street, Chardon
Accepts anything gently used and clean.
Cleveland Discovery Shops:
20470 Loraine Road, Fairview Park
Accepts clothes folded in a box, in a bag or on hangers. Can’t be older than 5 years. Takes women’s, men’s and children’s clothes under age 4. Does not take men’s suits. Clean and in good condition. Take many non-clothing items also, including bed linens, lamps, furniture, mirrors, etc.
Make a list of things you’re donating before you bring them in for receipt.
Discovery Shop East
5404 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst
Dress for Success Cleveland
2239 East 55th St., Cleveland
Accepts women’s clothes and shoes only
They only take donations on Fridays — need to make an appointment.
Easter Seals Household Discard Donor Program
4359 Cranwood Parkway, Warrensville Heights
Accepts clothing and small household items, nothing heavier or larger than one man can carry. Pick-ups scheduled by ZIP code. Call or go online to donatestuff.com
Various locations, 1-800-942-3577
Attended donation centers and buildings around Cleveland. Every store has donation center drive thru. Attendant helps unload car. Accepts furniture, TVs, appliances, clothing, books, shoes, anything that still works, bowling balls, jewelry, cameras. Does not take large appliances, stoves, refrigerators, gas appliances, oil stoves, automobile parts, console TVs or stereos, bathroom or kitchen fixtures, yard swings, soiled mattresses, carpeting, cans of paint, food items, household chemicals, air conditioners, copy machines, sofa beds, waterbeds, doors or screens, wire hangers, cribs, car seats, walkers if they don’t meet safety standards, pianos, organs.
Everything must be working and in decent condition
Hospice Resale Shop
5139 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst
Accepts adult clothing only. Starting in April they’ll only take spring and summer clothing.
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Call to schedule a pick-up appointment
Salvation Army Thrift Store in Cleveland
5005 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Accepts any kind of clothes. Receipt for tax purposes, go inside and ask for it after dropping clothes off in bins
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop (Name is changing to Cleveland Furniture Bank)
6700 Biddulph Plaza, Cleveland
(216) 741-7837 ext. 108
Accepts everything but infants’ clothes.
The Thrift Store at United Church of Christ
13740 Pearl Road, Strongsville
Accepts all clothing, gift items, household items, baby items, holiday decorations, books, magazines, games, and toys. Only open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but donations can be left in the hallway by the Royalton Road door.
Run by National Council of Jewish Women
12611 Larchmere, Cleveland
Accepts all clean clothes; on hangers preferably.
14501 Detroit Road, Lakewood
Takes anything clean and in good condition. What they don’t use they’ll pass on to another charity. Proceeds go to Lakewood Hospital
Treasures for Life Thrift Shop
4427 State Road, Cleveland
(216) 661-3000 ext.14
Takes all kinds of clothes, needs infant clothes the most.
Unique Thrift – 4 locations
Accepts any kind of clothing
3333 Lorain Ave., Cleveland
4250 Fulton Road, Cleveland
4601 Northfield Road, N. Randall
30604 Lake Shore Blvd, Willowick
Vietnam Veterans of America
Call to schedule a pickup.
Does not pick up at apartments.
The Volunteers of America
Call to schedule a pick-up or drop off at one of two locations.
1063 N. Aurora Road, Aurora
1480 Pearl Road, Brunswick
Women’s Center of Greater Cleveland
6209 Storer Ave., Cleveland, (216) 651-1450
Resale and consignment shops:
17008 Madison Ave., Lakewood
Plus size women’s only. Drop off clothes by appointment only
The Apple Core
19347 Detroit Road, Rocky River
Accepts better clothing that’s no more than two to three years old. Doesn’t take Gap or Old Navy, etc. Takes jewelry and fashion accessories. Very seasonal. Accepts home décor and furniture. Length of consignment is 60 days. Consigner receives 40 percent of selling price. On furniture they receive 50 percent. Can donate unsold items.
Donations by appointment
12726 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland
New store. Sells women’s and men’s clothes. Preferably high end. Also sells accessories.
Best Bib and Tucker
311 S Prospect Ave., Hartville
Very seasonal. Accepts women’s, junior’s and children’s clothing.
210 Washington St., Chardon
Accepts women’s and children’s clothing. Everything has to be clean and free of spots. Toys have to have all of their parts and pieces in original boxes. Can donate what doesn’t sell.
Closets Consignment Boutique
1100 Linda St., Cleveland
Women’s, children’s, men’s, maternity, shoes and jewelry; Price things at 1/3 to original cost, consigner gets half of that. Return clothes or donate them to Yvonne Pointer. Don’t take anything older than 2 years.
Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wed and Thu 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Hours for Consignment: Mon, Tue, Fri, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wed and Thu 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., appointment for Sat.
13902 Puritas Ave., Cleveland
Clothing, outerwear, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. Clothing sizes 16 or XXL and up.
The Designer Consignor
17118 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
Keep for two months. Get 40 percent of selling price. Tue-Sat from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Look through no more than 30 items at a time
Encore Resale Fahions
4125 Cleveland Ave N.W., Canton
Looking for very current things purchased last couple of years, clean and on hangers. Seasonal. No appointment necessary. Seller gets 45 percent of whatever items sell for. Accepts women’s, men’s and juniors clothing. Children’s formal wear only. Anything you can wear — shoes, scarves, gloves, hats, accessories, jewelry, etc.
The Growing Years
4940 Darrow Road, Stow
Call ahead of time to see what they are looking for. Name-brand store, doing business for 11 years. Accepts shoes, coats, Holy Communion gowns, dancewear, second-hand equipment (strollers, bouncy seats) as long as it is current, safe and clean. Bedding, crib bedding. Anything related to children. No carseats. Pays cash upfront for what it accepts. Offers extra 20 percent for gift card instead of cash. Forty to sixty percent of sale price goes to the customer.
Julianne’s Bridal Outlet and Resale Shop
8070 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls
Consignments by appointment only. Gowns must be 3 years old or newer, cleaned and in good condition. Ten-item limit.
12245 Pearl Road, Strongsville
Buys and resells clothes as well as equipment. Buys seasonally. By appointment. Offers cash or store credit; store credit about 20 percent more. Pays upfront.
8426 E Washington St., Chagrin Falls
Women’s clothing; appointment necessary. Spring and summer clothing accepted only. Items have to be current — not older than two years. Items must be floor ready — clean and on hangers.
Plato’s Closet – five locations
Buys and sell trendy, designer styles as well as everyday basics.
27820 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere
4636 Great Northern Blvd., North Olmsted
15205 Pearl Road, Strongsville
7689 Mentor Ave., Mentor
564 Howe Avenue Unit 14-2, Cuyahoga Falls
Mon-Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun noon - 5 p.m.
The Wren House
31 S Franklin St., Chagrin Falls
Now consigning spring items, need to schedule appointment for drop-off. Women’s clothing, accessories and shoes (only high-end labels) Current styles within past two years. New sellers need to drop off a minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 items. Once you do that, you can bring as many items as you want. First-time seller must make an appointment.
Computers Assisting People
Cleveland, (216) 781-8227 or capinc.org
23750 Mercantile Road, Beachwood, (216) 464-1695 or ccbmrdd.org
Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland
1228 Euclid Ave., Suite 700, Cleveland, (216) 696-9077 or ceogc.org
Fairhill Center (MAR)
12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, (216) 421-1350 or fairhillcenter.org
RET3 Job Corp Inc.
1814 E. 40th St., Cleveland, (216) 361-9991 or ret3.org
J & J Properties LLC
820 E. 237 St., Euclid
Goodwill Industries, which has numerous locations, accepts donations of glasses, as do all LensCrafters.hazardous chemicals
Local counties offer collection days where household hazardous chemicals can be dropped off for proper disposal. Below is a list of upcoming dates.
Next collection day May 9 at the county fairgrounds
(164 Eastland Road, Berea) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hazardous household items are collected at the district’s recycling facility (5138 Enterprise Blvd., Warren) on Wednesdays from May 6 through Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional collection days are May 2, June 6 and Aug. 1 from
9 a.m. to noon.
Next collection day is June 6 at the county fairgrounds (1301 Mentor Ave., Painesville Twp.) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Next collection day is April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at two locations: Lorain County Community College (1005 Abbe Road, Elyria) and the Lorain County JVS (15181 state Route 58, Oberlin).
Next collection day is May 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two of the district buildings: 8700 Lake Road, Westfield Twp. and 1238 W. 130th St., Brunswick.
Hazardous household items collected at the district (3588 Mogadore Road, Brimfield Twp.) from April through October, Mon - Fri from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hazardous items are collected at the district’s recycling facility (1201 Graham Road, Stow) April though September, Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Return to the pharmacy it came from, though most pharmacies will accept all old medications. Do not dispose of in sink or toilet.
If the paint has no hazardous chemicals in it (generally, latex paint is not hazardous, but oil-based paints are), remove the lid and let it air-dry in the can. To speed up the process, add kitty litter, sawdust or sand. When it’s dry, remove from can, wrap in newspaper and discard in trash. The can and lid can most likely be recycled. Oil-based paint should be treated as a hazardous household chemical.
in the cle
12:00 AM EST
March 19, 2009