Where to send unwanted items as you spring clean

Published: Apr. 17, 2021 at 8:28 PM EDT
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WILLISTON, Vt. (WCAX) - It’s that time of year when people start cleaning out their closets and decluttering their homes.

Vermont state officials are encouraging you to take your unwanted household items to a thrift store.

Resource, a thrift store in Williston, was packed all Saturday afternoon as more than 100 people stopped by to shop or donate.

The manager Sandy Lucia says during the pandemic, she’s noticed more people buying crafts and building materials for do-it-yourself projects at home. She says they’re also donating a lot of household items.”A lot of household items. A lot of clothes. Furniture is about the same. A lot of electronics. I think a lot of people are cleaning out what they don’t need,” Lucia said. “A lot of people are bored at home so they’re cleaning out what they’ve been leaving around for years.”

As people have been stuck at home for the past year, some have been buying online more and accumulating extra stuff. That means more things to get rid of during spring cleaning.

“I actually just brought some clothes over to Plato’s Closet and I’m kind of going through my closet and I will probably be coming back here with some more furniture and glassware and also getting rid of some stuff that I don’t think I’ll need anymore,” said Hannah Dinklage.

Darlene Isham, a frequent shopper, says she’s seeing more items to choose from and had an easier time finding exactly what she needed. “Found things that I can use for Christmas presents and stuff,” Isham said. “Matter of fact, I got somebody else to buy some markers too. I think she was a school teacher.”

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation says there are several free recycling drop-offs around the state where you can get rid of batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, paint, and electronics.

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