Now that the fir tree has been pulled down and the last of the tinsel thrown in the bin, here is what you can do with the gifts left discarded around your home.
Remember, what you regard as trash might be someone else’s treasure. Charity shops are always happy to receive clean clothing, shoes, accessories, home ware, books, tech goods, collectables and antiques.
Enable Ireland, Focus Ireland, The Irish Cancer Society, Barnardos and Oxfam are just some of the more well known organisations who rely on public donations to help keep their shops functioning. This week, Oxfam were delighted when radio dj Ian Dempsey surprised them with a donation of thousands of his old CDs.
2. Consignment Boutiques
Siopaella, The Secret Closet, Ruby Ruby and Second Avenue are innovative ‘resale’ stores which will take your high quality clothing, shoes, bags and accessories and sell them for you, in exchange for some of the profits.
This free mobile phone application allows users to easily sell their unwanted or preloved clothing and goods. Simply create your account, upload a snap of the item and some details to the social networking-like site and connect with other buyers and sellers.
If you think you may fetch some money for your unwanted gift, upload details and suitable imagery to one of the following marketplace websites: eBay, Buy and Sell, Gumtree, Done Deal, Adverts.ie and Second Hand Stuff.
If you are not interested in getting cash return for the items, upload them to a ‘life-cycling’ website such as Jumble Town, Freebies Ireland, Free Trade Ireland or Gumtree’s Free Stuff section, where someone may be delighted with your unwanted products.