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Old 12-28-2018, 09:27 AM
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I have a small pile of misc tools that I've either replaced or just don't need anymore - some hitachi cordless, some electric yard tools (a couple unused) and some misc corded power tools.

It's a complete hodgepodge of stuff but all in good working order but well used. It's too random to try to sell on craigslist, too heavy to ship, and I hate to donate a $100 drill to goodwill and then see it on the shelf for $10.

Is there anywhere I can donate these to that'll actually use them? Any other good ideas?
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Old 12-28-2018, 09:29 AM
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Habitat for Humanity Restore?
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Originally Posted by louiefl View Post
Habitat for Humanity Restore?
Looking at their website it seems like they take donations and throw them on the shelf for sale...

Let me tell you about the time I once donated a hundred books to a local small library - many actually already library-bound and covered - and they sold them for $0.25-$0.50 apiece. I was so pissed.
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I've sold similar tools on CL. It can be a PITA but there are guys who refuse to sell their old tools and will buy what you have if it's the same brand, batteries, etc. I sold an older DeWalt 14.4V drill/driver in perfect working condition to a guy who wanted a beater to keep on his boat.
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See if there is a tool library in your area. They got a truck load from me and were very appreciative.
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Do high schools still have shop class"?
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I don't understand. You gave it away...why is it worth more to someone else?

Not intending to sound sarcastic-- But you want to get rid of the stuff, and if it helps wherever you are giving the tools (or books), whats the difference what happens to it? Everybody wins here...

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Looking at their website it seems like they take donations and throw them on the shelf for sale...

Let me tell you about the time I once donated a hundred books to a local small library - many actually already library-bound and covered - and they sold them for $0.25-$0.50 apiece. I was so pissed.
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Just curious, but if you donate it to Goodwill Why does it matter what they do with it if it helps with their mission.
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We have a place right near me called, Tool Belt Consignments - Maryland consignment store for contractors, mechanics and hobbyists, where he only sells used tools and you would get a piece of the pie once sold.
Is there anything similar near you?


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Goodwill is a for profit business. ARC, DAV or other groups are a bit better as charities.
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Originally Posted by Flot View Post
Looking at their website it seems like they take donations and throw them on the shelf for sale...

Let me tell you about the time I once donated a hundred books to a local small library - many actually already library-bound and covered - and they sold them for $0.25-$0.50 apiece. I was so pissed.
They do, but keep in mind the main goal is to sell surplus building materials to folks who need a leg up, while raising some funds for Habitat for Humanity. Target audience is the poor person who has a place to live, but needs to maintain/improve it.
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Give it to a kid starting out in the trades.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
They do, but keep in mind the main goal is to sell surplus building materials to folks who need a leg up, while raising some funds for Habitat for Humanity. Target audience is the poor person who has a place to live, but needs to maintain/improve it.
An older lady we have known for years had someone work on her kitchen and stopped short of finishing countertops, and it turns out no kitchen sink. She had been washing her dishes in the bathtub for an extended period (over a year iirc), and when I found out went to Restore to find a used stainless sink. Got to talking to the manager and after asking about the project, told me that it was free since I was doing a good deed. I went up to the register and gave them a $20 because they are on a mission to help. The manager happened to see this and came around the counter to shake my hand and thanked me. I got a good vibe from the organization, so that was my first thought.
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Throw them in your neighbors ditch.
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Post ad online for free tools.....maybe someone can make good use of them. Local Facebook group Craigslist or the like. Maybe you will help someone start a living in the trades........or some crackhead, either way they are out of your way.
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An older lady we have known for years had someone work on her kitchen and stopped short of finishing countertops, and it turns out no kitchen sink. She had been washing her dishes in the bathtub for an extended period (over a year iirc), and when I found out went to Restore to find a used stainless sink. Got to talking to the manager and after asking about the project, told me that it was free since I was doing a good deed. I went up to the register and gave them a $20 because they are on a mission to help. The manager happened to see this and came around the counter to shake my hand and thanked me. I got a good vibe from the organization, so that was my first thought.
I've had a similar experience with them. Mother of one of my wife's (former) students was in a domestic abuse situation. Student is autistic/learning disabled, and it was important he not be uprooted mid-year. She was able to scrape together enough $ to buy a POS single wide. Think $1,000 mobile home. Had holes in the floor, no hot water, only had running water in one bathroom, etc. Husband of the resource teacher is a plumber and hooked her up with plumbing repairs, and I took care of some very basic flooring, and got a couple of counters/sinks for the bathrooms, and found them a used range. Was able to get pretty much everything needed from the Restore, which was the difference in me being able to afford doing a little, or doing a lot. In the interim the local YMCA gave them free membership so they would have access to the hot showers. Fast forward a few years D-bag husband is long gone, autistic son is now 16 and on tract to actually graduate HS with a degree, and we have gotten to be really good friends. POS trailer is also in the past, but it got the job done for a few years, and inexpensive supplies from Restore greatly helped get them in a stable position for that to be possible. The other option she had was to move to out of state with unknown resources to help her autistic son.
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id put in the seller section here with a take it all price. Someone will buy it. I probably would have when I was strait out of school.
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Originally Posted by Flot View Post
Looking at their website it seems like they take donations and throw them on the shelf for sale...

Let me tell you about the time I once donated a hundred books to a local small library - many actually already library-bound and covered - and they sold them for $0.25-$0.50 apiece. I was so pissed.
I don't understand your issue with charities; you give them the stuff and they use it to raise funds. What do you expect them to do with it? I would assume they know what people will pay for these items.
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:49 AM
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take it to a pawn shop.
they will give you a little bit of money and then sell it for a lot more.
would that make you feel better than giving it away to a group that helps others?
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
Give it to a kid starting out in the trades.
This . Or give it to a young kid just starting a family in your neighbourhood that is just starting out in the tool aquirering journey of life.
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