ReUse Center

Donate common household items to others through nonprofits.

Residential ReUse Guide

Find out how to donate items; discover locations to get used items for free or for reduced cost. This center contains information for

Creative Reuse: Arts & Crafts

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City Garage Sales

Local Residents
Below are resources for either donating items, or locating things at reduced cost.

craigslist Craigslist
Provides free classifieds in an online platform for folks to help each other out with buying, selling, donating and trading used goods.

fogster fogster
Provides classifieds for South Peninsula residents. Ads are posted on and printed in the Menlo Park Almanac Newspaper, Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice and the Pleasanton Weekly. Freecycle
Join a free email listserv within your geographic area where you can post items to donate and search for free items. Everything posted must be free.


If you prefer hard copy listings, post items you wish to sell or donate in the PennySaver Magazine:

Rentalic Logo Rentalic
Online rental marketplace that enables individuals or businesses to rent items, services, and real estate to/from each other.

San Mateo County Surplus Property Sales San Mateo County Surplus Property Sales
The County offers previously used items for sale, such as furniture and computer equipment. Sales are held in San Carlos twice-monthly.

The Guide below lists locations to either donate or obtain used business equipment.

Donating/Finding Business Equipment
(Recyleworks Guide)

Schools and Nonprofits

Web Resources for Schools and Nonprofits
These websites and stores allow the exchange (or purchase) of all kinds of things, including useable furniture or appliances, between two parties, sometimes at no cost.

RAFT RAFT - Resource Area for Teaching
RAFT is a non-profit organization open to educators, non-profits and community groups involved in education. RAFT's innovative process for converting commonly discarded business materials into hands-on classroom activities supports teachers and preserves the environment. RAFT accepts a wide variety of items, from computers to cardboard tubes. Please call (408) 451-1420 for donation approval and to arrange for a pickup.

Locations: Redwood City and San Jose

calmax SCRAP - Scroungers' Center for Re-usable Art Parts
SCRAP provides teachers and community groups with interactive learning materials to support excellence in education.
Accepts Arts/Crafts items. Accepts unusual items. Accepted items include fabric, sewing notions, and paper craft materials.

801 Toland at Newcomb
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 647-1746

East Bay Depot for Creative Use East Bay Depot for Creative Use
The East Bay Depot for Creative Re-Use is dedicated to encouraging the re-use of materials.
Accepts arts and craft materials from the general public, as well as limited household items. Accepts materials from businesses.

4695 Telegraph Avenue (@ 47th Street)
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 547-6470
Hours: 11am-6pm seven days a week

ExcessAccess ExcessAccess
Provides an online donating service that matches business and household items & materials with wish lists of nearby nonprofits and recyclers that can provide pick-ups.

Construction Materials – Salvage Yards
Remodeling? You can find quality, inexpensive materials by investigating salvage yards. If you want to get rid of leftover or reusable building materials, these locations may accept them.