Correction: The print version of this article incorrectly stated some details regarding re volve. They’ve been corrected below. Apologies for the inconvenience!
The school year is quickly coming to a close, which means lots of people moving out and leaving items behind. While the occasional free box can be a magical thing, what we often find is a pile of garbage that has been festering in the summer sun too long. This year, instead of shoving all your belongings into the street, how about donating to a local thrift store that supports our community? You could even make some money by bringing your stuff to a consignment shop. Here’s a handy guide to help keep the curbs a little cleaner this year.
The Arc Thrift Store
928 NW Beca Avenue
Although they mostly sell furniture, the Arc will often take other items off your hands. A non-profit organization, the Arc provides advocacy and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Instead of kicking that couch to the curb, you can make a little cash by participating in the Arc’s consignment program, or you can make a tax-deductible donation. The Arc conveniently offers free pick-up for donated furniture. Just make sure it’s clean and undamaged.
OSU Folk Thrift Shop
144 NW 2nd Street
Run solely by volunteers, the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop is a pillar of the campus community. If you choose to consign your goods, you can make 65% of the profit if your items sell. All other proceeds go toward student scholarships and grants that help many Benton County agencies and organizations. The only tricky thing about this spot is the hours—they’re only open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and then
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Heartland Humane Society Thrift Shop
411 SW 3rd Street
Maybe you want your donations to support the furry critters in our community. Heartland Humane Society is a local, progressive, not-for-profit animal welfare organization that also has a thrift store in downtown Corvallis. Another volunteer-run establishment, all sales support the well-being of Heartland’s animals as the organization finds new homes for its temporary residents. They accept donations of furniture, appliances, books, toys, clothing, and more.
1325 NW 9th Street
First established in 1902, Goodwill started when its founder, Edgar Helms, collected used goods in wealthy parts of the city and then employed poor individuals and trained them to repair the goods for resale. This non-profit organization has maintained that mission by providing jobs for youth, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and others who face barriers to finding employment. All donations are tax deductible, so make sure to ask for a receipt.
Main Shop: 312 SW 3rd Street;
Annex: 214 SW Jefferson Avenue;
Alley: 312 SW Jefferson Avenue
Nancy Bliss Kneisel started her first upscale resale boutique over 20 years ago. Since then, she has expanded to three locations, each of which serves unique fashion needs in the community. Kneisel takes consignments, but only if they’re seasonal and have labels that have been manufactured within the last two years. If your items sell, you’ll receive 40% of the commission. Unsold items will be donated to the Arc or Vina Moses. For men’s consignments, check out the Alley. Consign tween and teen clothing at the Annex.
103 SW 2nd Street
Much like Second Glance, re volve is a resale boutique for women that specializes in high quality and gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories. For consignments, bring items on Tuesdays or Thursdays and they will go through up to two bags on the spot, or drop off your items and they’ll arrange a pick up of anything they don’t put on contract. Once the items sell, you’ll receive 40% of the profits. If you make less than $20, you’ll receive an immediate payout. Anything that exceeds $20 will be issued by check within two days upon request, or you can use your account balance as store credit.
Runway Fashion Exchange
264 SW Madison Avenue
Need to skip town right after graduation? Runway Fashion Exchange is a great place to stop on your way out. Bring in your used clothing and receive a quote after 15 to 20 minutes. The quote will depend on style, condition, brand, and what they currently have in stock. You’ll have the option to get cash or store credit. While fast cash is convenient, you’ll receive 25% more if you opt for store credit.
644 SW 13th Street
If you’re moving out of the residence halls, you can utilize Campus Recycling. Simply put unwanted items in the donation bins located in the first floor lobby of each hall. This option is available week nine through finals week. Any items that don’t fit in the bins should be placed on the ground next to the outdoor trash dumpster. Last year, Campus Recycling kept 23,000 pounds of material out of landfills and gave tons of items to local non-profits. Their goal this year is to reach 28,000 pounds. Want to give back to your community even more? Assist with the donation drive, June 15 to 22, and sort through the donated material.
To volunteer, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/
968 NW Garfield Avenue
Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the organization Vina Moses, named after a humanitarian who moved to Corvallis in 1905. Moses started a community welfare center that provided clothing and aid to those in need; it continues to this day. Vina Moses helps local residents by preventing homelessness through emergency financial assistance and offering school supplies for children. Donated household items and clothing go directly to those in the community who could benefit the most from your generosity.
So, there you have it—lots of local options to keep Corvallis clean, put a little cash in your pocket, and help non-profits keep doing their good work. Looking for something a little more DIY? If you’re feeling ambitious, you could always try the traditional yard sale. What could be better than spending the day outside purging all your unwanted goods? Turn it into a party with a few friends and some cold drinks. Whatever you decide, there’s no reason to throw everything away.
By Anika Lautenbach