The main thing we stress, when preparing for a move, is for you to purge your belongings. This not only helps you not move things you don’t want or need, but it also saves you money. Here is a list of places locally where you can donate or sell your used items!
Garage Sale: Having an old-fashioned garage sell is a great way to sell your stuff. The problem is they take a lot of time and work that you may not have while moving. They can also cost you money depending on your parish’s or city’s ordinances for garage sales.
Varagesale: Varagesale is a new way to sell your stuff virtually. You post the items you want to sell in an exclusive online forum and then every Sunday afternoon there is a meet up in the parking lot of Clearview Mall to meet those buying your items publicly.
Facebook Groups: If you search Facebook you will find a number of groups devoted to selling used items in your area.
Craigslist: Craigslist is like an online classifieds ad. It’s fairly easy to list and sell your used stuff!
Consignment Shops: There are several local consignment shops that will take used clothing, baby equipment and toys. They sell your used items, and give you a percentage of the profit. These include:
- Once Upon a Child
- Beanstalk Kids
- Kid to Kid
- Rhea Lana of New Orleans
- Children’s Clothing Exchange
- Prima Donna’s Closet
- Second Act
- Swap Boutique
- Plato’s Closet
- Renaissance Interiors
- Buffalo Exchange
Remember when selling your items online, to follow a few safety rules. Always meet in a public place, don’t give out too much personal information, take a buddy with you, and only accept cash!
If you don’t want to take the time or effort to sell your stuff, you can always donate it. There are several charities around town that take gently used items. Please check with each individual charity because each has its own rules.
Freecycle: You can post your unwanted used items on Freecycle for anyone that needs or wants the item to come and take!
Churches, schools, and day care centers: These places are almost always looking for gently used toys, learning activities, and books for the children in their care.
Metropolitan Women’s and Children’s Center: This is a domestic violence shelter for women and children. They are always accepting donations. Here is a list of things they need. They will accept some things gently used, but somethings such as toys must be new due to state regulations.
Tinker Elves: A non-profit in the Slidell area, Tinker Elves accepts new and used scooters, bikes, Power Wheels, swing sets, basketball goals, and other outdoor toys.
Covenant House New Orleans: This is a shelter for homeless youth. Covenant House accepts gently used clothing as well as household goods like dishes, pots and pans, silverware, and other related items that can make transitioning from the shelter to independent living smoother. They can also accept furniture on a case by case basis. Call them at 504-584-1111 or visit the website for more information.
Northlake Crisis Pregnancy Center: The goal of the center is to help moms with unwanted pregnancies. They will accept maternity clothing, baby clothing up to size 2T, strollers, swings, highchairs, baby beds, changing tables, bassinets etc. Please call 985.893.4281 or visit their website for more information.
Thirft Stores: Most thrift stores in the area are connected to a non-profit. These stores accept your gently used items and sell them to make money for the non-profit. Some of them will even pick up your donation. These stores include:
- Bridge House
- Red, White and Blue Thrift Store
- Covington Food Bank Thrift Store
- Salvation Army
- Gran’s Attic
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore
After you have purged your uneeded and unwanted items, call us! We can pack and move your belongings in the New Orleans area. Call (866) 7MOVE-ME / (866) 766-8363, email [email protected], or fill out this form for a FREE quote from Atmosphere Movers!