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
cell phones
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
(216) 731-1924

Vietnam Veterans of America
(216) 731-4534

The Volunteers of America
Act II Shop at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights
(216) 932-5815

Resale Shop, only sell good quality clothes
Among Other Things
364 Griswold Road, Elyria
(440) 324-5333
Accepts all clothes.

The Cache Resale Shop

Church of the Covenant
11205 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
(216) 421-0482
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
(440) 350-9836
Accepts men’s, women’s and children’s clothes, including accessories.

Christ Child Society Showcase Resale Store
16306 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
(216) 228-3370
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
(330) 867-5043
Accepts clean, unabused clothing – men’s and women’s only

Chardon Discovery Shop

102 Cherry Street, Chardon
(440) 285-4377
Accepts anything gently used and clean.

Cleveland Discovery Shops:

Gazebo West

20470 Loraine Road, Fairview Park
(440) 333-6307
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

(440) 461-9034
5404 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst

Dress for Success Cleveland

2239 East 55th St., Cleveland
(216) 391-2301
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
(216) 662-4483
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

Goodwill Industries

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
(440) 442-2621
Accepts adult clothing only. Starting in April they’ll only take spring and summer clothing.

Military Order of the Purple Heart

(216) 731-1924
Call to schedule a pick-up appointment
Salvation Army Thrift Store in Cleveland
5005 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
(216) 881-2625
Various locations
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
(440) 238-6697
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
(216) 231-6060
Accepts all clean clothes; on hangers preferably.

Thrifty Peddler

14501 Detroit Road, Lakewood
(216) 226-9988
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
(216) 631-0205
4250 Fulton Road, Cleveland
(216) 398-1551
4601 Northfield Road, N. Randall
(216) 663-0147
30604 Lake Shore Blvd, Willowick
(440) 347-0200

Vietnam Veterans of America

(216) 731-4534
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
(330) 562-2118
1480 Pearl Road, Brunswick
(330) 220-2737

Women’s Center of Greater Cleveland
6209 Storer Ave., Cleveland, (216) 651-1450
Resale and consignment shops:

Ample Duds
17008 Madison Ave., Lakewood
(216) 228-3388
Plus size women’s only. Drop off clothes by appointment only

The Apple Core

19347 Detroit Road, Rocky River
(440) 356-4747
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
(330) 877-3308
Very seasonal. Accepts women’s, junior’s and children’s clothing.


210 Washington St., Chardon
(440) 285-8035
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
(440) 333-5379
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.

Curvy Consignments

13902 Puritas Ave., Cleveland
(216) 251-9591
Clothing, outerwear, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. Clothing sizes 16 or XXL and up.

The Designer Consignor

17118 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
(216) 228-1309
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
(330) 492-7004
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
(330) 655-5499
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
(440) 235-7774
Consignments by appointment only. Gowns must be 3 years old or newer, cleaned and in good condition. Ten-item limit.

Neverending Child

12245 Pearl Road, Strongsville
(440) 572–3002
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.

Piece Unique
8426 E Washington St., Chagrin Falls
(440) 543-4535
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
(216) 464-7580
4636 Great Northern Blvd., North Olmsted
(440) 801-9088
15205 Pearl Road, Strongsville
(440) 878-5085
7689 Mentor Ave., Mentor
(440) 602-9790
564 Howe Avenue Unit 14-2, Cuyahoga Falls
(330) 940-9005
Mon-Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun noon - 5 p.m.

The Wren House
31 S Franklin St., Chagrin Falls
(440) 247-6566
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

S.A.W. Inc.
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.
Cuyahoga County
(216) 443-3749
Next collection day May 9 at the county fairgrounds
(164 Eastland Road, Berea) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Geauga County
(330) 675-2673
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.

Lake County
(440) 350-2645
Next collection day is June 6 at the county fairgrounds (1301 Mentor Ave., Painesville Twp.) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lorain County
(440) 329-5440
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).

Medina County
(330) 723-9588
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.
Portage County
(330) 678-8808
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.
Summit County
(330) 374-0383
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.
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