Your "trash" may be another person's treasure

Where to bring used items in good condition

Before you throw anything away, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Is it something someone else might be able to use?
  2. Is it clean and in good condition?
  3. If it's electric or motorized, does it run or require a simple repair? (Habitat for Humanity will accept vehicles running or not.)

If you answered yes to these questions, consider giving your items to a re-use program rather than throwing them away. It will save you disposal fees, help a local non-profit or small business and help extend the life of the landfill.

Non-Profits to Donate Used Items To

These non-profits/businesses accept the items indicated (clean and in good condition):

Habitat for Humanity- Warehouse sale every Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1st Saturday of the month; 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. all other Saturdays. Italian Acres office complex, 5320 Highway 49N, Mariposa, CA. Phone: 209-966-6618 Clean electric appliances, doors, lights, new flooring (left-overs), sinks, other building materials. Space is limited-call first.

Also accepts donations of vehicles, running or not. Call 209-966-7444 for information.

Mariposa SPCA-On-going yard sale. Accepts clothing, linens, craft/hobby materials, household goods, furniture, sports equipment, small appliances (working only), books, DVDs, etc. Winter hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday to Saturday May through October, 5599 Highway 49N, Mariposa, CA. Phone: 209-966-5275

Bootjack Family Bargains - Children's clothing, toys/games, books, baby furniture and accessories, maternity clothes. Store credit given for donations. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 5034C Darrah Road off Highway 49S, Mariposa, CA ( at the Whitehouse). Phone: 209-742-2397

Class A Consignment - Clothing, collectibles, antiques, misc. Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 5057 Highway 140, downtown Mariposa, CA Phone: 209-966-2007

Mariposa County Library - Books, audiobooks, DVDs, videos in good condition. No magazines, encyclopedias, text books, Reader's Digest condensed books, home or re-recorded movies, damaged, dirty or moldy materials. Also collects eyeglasses and printer cartridges for local non-profits. Monday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 4978 10th St., Mariposa (across from the Mariposa County Courthouse). Phone: 209-966-2140

Lowes of Fresno - all sizes plastic gardening pots, 6-packs, flats in good condition. Bring to outdoor garden department. 7651 N Blackstone Avenue, Fresno. Phone: 559-436-6266'

If you are a PG&E customer you may qualify for free pick-up of your old refrigerator and a $35 rebate. The only stipulations are that it must be between 10 cu. ft. and 30 cu. ft. in size and have a motor and compressor that run. To schedule a pick-up, call JACO, PG&E’s representative, at 800-299-7573.