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Household and Office Items

The following listing of household and office item resources is sorted alphabetically and uses the following key:

  • Government organizations are indicated by (GOV)
  • Nonprofit organizations are indicated by (NP)
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  • California Grey Bears, Inc.
    Accepts a variety of materials including aluminum cans, plastics, glass, brown bags, assorted paper, cardboard, aseptic containers, and shredded paper. See Profiles more more information.
  • (GOV) City of Fontana Household Materials Reuse Center
    Provides an easy way to take advantage of unwanted products through their Household Materials Reuse Center at no cost to residents. Available materials range from automotive products and paint, to household cleaners and pool chemicals.
  • (GOV) City of Oakland's Reuse Directory
    Lists nearly 200 local businesses and nonprofit organizations where people can buy, sell, consign, trade, rent, repair, and donate reusable items.


  • (GOV)(NP) Del Norte Regional Recycling and Transfer Station
    (Select Public Works in the left navigational bar) Services all Ventura County residents (no businesses or nonprofits). Identification is required (driver's license or utility bill) to confirm county residency. Open Monday-Saturday: 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (No appointment is necessary.)
  • Dress for Success
    Accepts donations of gently used business attire to provide more than 30,000 low-income women in over 70 cities each year with interview-appropriate clothing for job re-entry wardrobe assistance.


  • (NP) Furniture for Families
    A furniture bank that solicits and picks up good, serviceable used furniture (no stained or broken pieces) on an appointment basis from the El Dorado Hills, Folsom, and Rancho Cordova areas. The furniture is stored at their facility for distribution, free of charge, to screened clients in the greater Sacramento area. See Profiles for more information.



  • Internet Consumer Recycling Guide
    Simple instructions are provided on how to reuse or recycle computer floppy discs, video tapes, computers, eyeglasses, smoke detectors, Styrofoam packing, compact discs, cameras, holiday cards, batteries, household goods, sneakers, and synthetic carpets.



  • Mannequin Madness
    Accepts, rents, and sells new and used (even damaged) mannequins; also accepts Styrofoam peanuts. See Profiles for more information.
  • (GOV) Materials for the Arts Program
    Accepts craft/school type art supplies (crayons, construction paper, markers, pencils, fabric, buttons, clay, etc.), plant seeds, bird seeds, gardening supplies (potting soil, bird seed, etc.), scrap lumber, plexiglass in usable sizes, small tools, wallpaper or old wallpaper books, miss-cut keys, etc. Cannot accept clothing, furniture, or other large items. Donations support local schools and social service agencies. See Profiles for more information.
  • The Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative
    Accepts and sells used (non-department store) bicycles.


  • Once Upon a Child
    Franchise with over 225 stores that buys and sells gently used children's clothing, toys, furniture, equipment, etc.




  • (GOV) Sacramento County Department of Waste Management and Recycling
    Provides resources and guidance on how to reuse or recycle a variety of household items.
  • (NP) The Scrap Exchange
    Collects clean, reusable, industrial discards for creative reuse. See Profiles for more information.
  • (NP) Sports4Kids Swap Shop
    Features gently used sports equipment. Accepts tax-deductible donations at their shop during store hours. Donated equipment is resold to the public or redistributed to schools and nonprofit agencies.
  • (NP) Sustainable Surplus Exchange
    As an environmental nonprofit whose mission is to keep usable assets out of the landfills, Sustainable Surplus accepts surplus assets from corporations and repurpose them back into the community. Items include office supplies, desks, bookshelves, chairs, tables, computers, scientific supplies and equipment, tools, cubicles---anything that has a possibility of reuse!


  • (NP) The Salvation Army
    Call for the nearest location.
  • (NP) Tire Retread Information Bureau
    An industry association founded in 1974 whose goal is to provide the motoring public (both in the private and public sectors) with the most up-to-date information about the economic and environmental benefits of tire retreading and tire repairing.
  • (NP) Trips for Kids/The Recyclery
    Offers thrift sto-re prices on used bikes, parts, accessories, and clothing. Works to keep bicycles out of landfills by putting them back on the streets. The Recyclery is the home of Trips for Kids' after-school and earn-a-bike programs, providing a healthy environment and job training for kids. Also accepts donations of used bikes, parts, accessories, and clothing; all donations are tax-deductible.


  • University of California, Aggie Surplus
    Aggie Surplus returns into circulation equipment, furniture, and supplies that are no longer used in UC Davis Campus and Medical Center departments. Items are made available to the public if they are not picked up by others in the university.



  • Waterside Workshop
    Accepts drop-offs of buttons, beads, tools, bicycles and bicycle parts, office supplies, chemistry equipment, etc.

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