Getting a new home means you’re going to be moving. We’ve got some moving tips that will help make moving day easier and more enjoyable before the pizza and beer arrive.
Moving can be a stressful time especially if you’re packing and organizing your belongings in addition to working. One of the most stressful, and sometimes expensive, tasks are getting rid of unwanted items and large furniture.
To avoid some of the headaches we have compiled a list of the ‘go- to’ organizations and companies that will accept your donations, as well as some tips to help you sell your unwanted items.
Do you have a great company or organization that has helped you out, but isn’t on our list? Let us know.
MOVING TIPS TO SELL YOUR STUFF
The best ways to sell your items is an online website like Craigslist, Kijiji, or Ebay.
• Make sure to include a brief description & photos of the items. That will eliminate e-mails or calls from prospective buyers wanting more info or pictures.
• Add ‘OBO’ (Or Best Offer) if you are flexible on the price.
• Update your post daily (if possible) to keep your ad current. Don’t forget to take it down once your items are sold
• Beware of scammers!! Especially on Ebay. Always be careful opening attachments. If you think something smells fishy… it probably is.
MOVING TIPS TO GIVE AWAY YOUR STUFF
Donating or giving away your free items can be quite painless. But ridding yourself of larger items can be a challenge.
Fortunately, one person’s clutter is someone else’s treasure or an organization’s need.
Here are some great companies and organizations that will take your unwanted items (in good condition) whether by drop-off or home pick-up!
Click on the company logo for their website.
Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver will provide pick-up service which you can book online. They also have convenient drop-off bins around the Lower Mainland. You can also book a pick-up online. Click here for items they accept.
Developmental Disabilities Association accepts items like clothing, books, small housewares and bottles. They operate a number of donation bins around Metro Vancouver, and you can also book a pick-up online.
Aunt Leah’s Place helps kids transitioning out of foster care and young mothers. They accept small apartment sized furniture, home decor, accessories, jewelry, and clothing. Donations go to support individuals and they also operate an Urban Thrift Boutique at 177 East Broadway in Vancouver. For information to donate, click on their donation guide.
The Canadian Diabetes Association operates a Clothesline donation program that accepts gently used clothing and footwear as well as small household items and electronics. Click here for all the information you need to be able to make a donation or schedule a pick-up.
Monarch Place is a local transition house for abused women and families. They are often in need of gently used clothing for women and children, bedding and linens, kitchen utensils and small appliances. Click here for more information on how to help.
Champagne Taste is the go-to furniture consignment store in Metro Vancouver. They are located on the corner of 11th St and Royal Avenue in New Westminster. They were the winners of 2010 Best Consignment Store and Best Customer Service so you know the ladies know their furniture. For all the information on consigning, what they accept, and how to start click here.
The Salvation Army has convenient drop bins and thrift stores where you can donate clothing, household items, even furniture. They also offer a pick-up service. For accepted items click here.
The Treasure Chest is a great local thrift store located in New Westminster. All donation revenue goes to the Canadian Mental Health Association. For more info and how to donate click here.
BASES is a new thrift store in Burnaby that assists at-risk children and families in the Edmonds area. Proceeds from the thrift store will go towards programs at area schools such as breakfast and after-school programs, sports, music, arts and summer camps. They accept donations of clothing, household goods, countertop appliances and small furniture items, which can be dropped off at 7825 Edmonds St.
MOVING TIPS TO RECYCLE YOUR STUFF
Of course, not everything can be donated or is even worth donating. That’s where recyclers can help.
Metro Vancouver has a great site that allows you to input in the items/material you need to recycle and your location to provide you with a custom solution.
Getting rid of an old mattress can be difficult. This Richmond company will break your mattress down and recycle up to 90 per cent of its components. Mattresses and box springs must be dropped off. They are located at 11571 Twigg Place. Click here for their current prices.
Canadian Mattress Recycling is based out of Annacis Island in Delta. They recycle mattresses, box springs, and metal bed frames as well as furniture like couches, armchairs and desk chairs. Items can be dropped off at #140-715 Eaton Way. Or pickup can be booked online.
The City of Burnaby offers a curb side pick up service for residents looking to dispose of large furniture items and appliances. The city also operates a large eco-centre for recyclables like scrap metal, plastics, cardboard boxes, paint, and batteries.
MOVING TIPS TO TAKE YOUR STUFF TO LANDFILLS
Vancouver Landfill rates and information
Metro Vancouver transfer stations/landfills.