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More ways to sell, donate, dump or recycle household items

Two weeks ago, we brought you expert advice on how to sell, donate or dump six major categories of household stuff: china, rugs, books, furniture, technology and musical instruments.

In addition to the resources recommended by local professional organizers in the story (including Scott Roewer, who also joined our weekly Home Front chat), Washington Post readers have chimed in with their own ideas. Here are some of their favorite Web sites, charities and national organizations that will take your household clutter. Have more?
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Community Forklift in Edmonston accepts used china that can be sold to artists. The Prince George’s County salvage warehouse also takes building materials to sell at low cost to home renovators.

Scrap-DC in Washington will take used materials such as tape, clay, buttons from old clothes, small mosaic tiles and more.

Amvets National Service Foundation accepts donations of household goods to sell in its thrift stores, with locations in Washington, Maryland and Virginia.

Goodwill accepts donations of household goods and clothing, with locations in Washington, Maryland and Virginia.

Freecycle is an online community in which members can post items to give away. Communities for Washington, Maryland and Virginia are available.

Wonder Book in Frederick, Hagerstown and Gaithersburg accepts book donations.

Friends of the Arlington Public Library accepts book donations for two annual sales to benefit the library’s programming, services and collections.

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda accepts books for an annual book sale.

Turning the Page in Washington accepts books for its Carpe Librum bookstore.

The Book Thing in Baltimore accepts book donations. is a worldwide online community in which you give away books in exchange for points that can be used to get books.

The National Cathedral’s All Hallows Guild takes book donations for its annual Flower Mart book sale.

2nd and Charles in Woodbridge buys books, CDs and DVDs.

ALIVE! in Arlington picks up and donates used furniture for needy families.

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore will accept household goods, furniture, appliances and building materials, with locations in Maryland and Virginia.

OrchKids, a program sponsored by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, accepts instruments.

Hungry for Music in Washington accepts instruments to distribute to children across the United States. and are Web sites to list or buy a piano.

The home and design coverage of Jura Koncius has taken her inside hundreds of homes, from tiny studios in Penn Quarter to country castles in Warrenton. Jura also hosts the Home Front live chat, Thursdays at 11 a.m. ET.
Margaret Ely is a digital editor for Lifestyle. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.



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