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Old 12-11-2019, 11:07 AM   #41
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I wish schools around here wanted stuff. I called schools and even talked to a couple of teachers and they didn’t want 12x12 paper, coloring mediums, etc.

Another interesting wrinkle was Ronald McDonald House. The owner of an LSS contacted one to offer new, free supplies right off the racks. They did want some, but gave her the largest size of the box they could accept, which wasn’t very big due to space limitations. So just showing up with stuff may create a burden or awkwardness for the organization if they can’t take it.

Some nonprofit thrift shops accept craft supplies; some don’t. My go-to does, but I’m careful to put like items in see-through bags or in one case had mesh zippered bags - the type Studio Calico used to provide (and maybe they still do). So bags were either packed with embellishments, paper, almost whole kits, dies, stamps, mediums, etc. I was going through it all anyway, so it really didn’t add much time and it could be easier for them to sell and make more money to help their cause. It was kind of fun due to my weird brain.
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Old 12-11-2019, 11:45 AM   #42
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What she said. I've also been turned down by public schools in my area (haven't tried any private; maybe I should).

But I've had better luck with senior centers and (one) nursing home. If you wind up donating, maybe you could try one of those.

That said, I've become a lot quicker to stick paper in the recycling bin as a result of the difficulty of donating.

Sorry this is so discouraging; I'm sure you have some good papers. We all think our supplies are worth something because, well, they weren't free to us, were they? The irony is that we who think they're worth something are often the very ones with too much already.

I hope you're able to stick with your original plan and sell it.
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Old 12-11-2019, 12:49 PM   #43
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But I've had better luck with senior centers and (one) nursing home. If you wind up donating, maybe you could try one of those.

I didn't think of donating to senior centers, thank you for that suggestion.
With that in mind I'm wondering if the city's park & recreation centers that offer a kids program would like the paper, etc...

One of the LSS in my area has an annual crafters parking lot sale in front of her store. You reserve a table for $20 and haul out you crafty castaways for a fraction of the price new. Last year one lady sold her TH electric die cut machine for $25! Magazines go for .50 to $1 (I collect Stampington magazines for reference), I also got a bag of Speedball brayers w/multiple rollers for $3! It's great! And, the store owner is very busy with sales from her store.
Maybe you could talk to a LSS owner in your area and suggest an event.
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OH! I forgot - which is embarrassing because I'm the admin of our local group - there's an AMAZING project - the Buy Nothing Project. It operates through Facebook group and is very simple - there are two types of posts: gives, where a person gives freely as an opportunity to create community, meet neighbors, help a neighbor, and asks - where a neighbor with a need is looking for something specific you can help with.

Read more and find your local group here: https://buynothingproject.org/
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How wonderful. No FB for me but you reminded me of The Freecycle Network - a grassroots nonprofit group for giving or getting stuff free. It’s worldwide.

For those who donate (or buy or sell) through FB, Craigs List, etc., and need to meet the buyer/seller/getter in person, some police stations in the U.S. have instituted “safe trade zones.” http://www.safetradestations.com/saf...tion-list.html
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