I have a long weekend coming up, thanks to America’s tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and I’m not going to waste it. I like the idea of honoring Dr. King by doing some kind of service, and my service is cleaning my basement. Hey, it is still an important service!
I’ll be cleaning the place out, but I’m not looking to fill up my trash can. Here are some of the places where I’ll be sending stuff I don’t need in order to avoid the landfill.
- Clothes: DC Scout let me know next Saturday, January 22 is National Swap Day, and a great opportunity for ladies to get together and swap perfectly good clothes, shoes, handbags and such. So whatever clothes I’ve got that are still in good shape may be headed this way, also giving me a good opportunity to do some no-cost shopping.
- CDs: I have a pretty big music collection that I don’t want to part with, but there are some duplicates and CDs I received as review copies that I just don’t need to tote around any more. These I’m selling to used CD stores, like CD Cellar. I don’t get a lot for my money in cash, but I get credit toward new music!
- Books: I’m going to gather what I can and donate them to a school that’s holding a book sale later this year as a fundraiser. Used book stores like Wonderbook also buy used books.
- Old digital stuff: GreenDisk – I’ll probably use the Technotrash Pack-IT service for $6.95 to get rid of some old Zip disks, floppy disks, data CDs and maybe even some VHS tapes.
- Old Christmas lights: Holiday LEDs – They’ll send you back a coupon for 25% off new LED Christmas lights. – UNTIL FEB. 28, 2011
- Etcetera: Freecycle is always there for sharing things away to neighbors also interested in keeping things out of the landfill.
I’ll be honest, there is probably a good amount of old-fashioned recycling that will be going on as well. Lucky for me, Arlington County does take a very wide range of materials for recycling, and I’m going to be filling up our blue bin this week, too.
Have a great three-day weekend!