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New Year – Less Junk

This is a good time of year to start fresh. Many of us are going through our homes, our schedules, our diets, and asking “what can I do without?” Well, I’m not going to tell you to eat less cheeseburgers, but I can tell you how to sell or where to take your unwanted stuff. Of course, there’s Goodwill and the Salvation Army, and a plethora of fantastic thrift stores, but here are some new ideas for you:

At, you can sign up with the local chapter of “freecyclers” and any items you have to get rid of can be posted online. All exchange is free of charge for the giver and receiver. This online organization’s goal is to keep the environment clean by reducing landfill build-up. Post any item online and get rid of it as fast as possible to someone in need.

Give your slightly used footwear to those less fortunate. View a list of drop spots, mostly local shoe stores, in Nashville at

Consignment Furniture
Finders Keepers, in Brentwood, will accept items from 11-5, Monday through Saturday. 615-333-9801

With the concept of Business As Mission as their focus, during 2004, Dick and a partner, Tres Scheibe, founded ThriftSmart Stores, a retail thrift store concept to create jobs, serve the poor with an affordable shopping opportunity, and support local charities with 100% of the profits, while re-cycling gently used clothing and household items.

Habitat Home Store
They accept any donations at 8th Ave or Division Street locations, and proceeds go to Habitiat for Humanity. (No clothing items) 615-254-HOME

Snappy Auctions
With two locations in Nashville, Snappy Auctions takes items weighing less than 150 pounds and costing more than $50 eBay price. Their expert staff uses market strategies to sell items within a week. Contact them and drop off materials to be sold at their Nashville location, they sell it on eBay, and send you a check later. Snappy Auctions does charge a percentage fee dependant on how much your items are sold for.

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