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Trash to Cash: Appliances


03/03/16
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Is is valuable? Determining whether a used appliance is worth anything can be tricky. If it’s only a few years old, your chances of selling are better, or you could opt to donate it and give someone else the chance to score a sweet deal.  

 
How to sell it: Since many consignment stores don’t accept appliances, one of the best options for getting some money is to sell it at a flea market or yardsale. 
Greg Garabedian, manager for the Salem Flea Market, said he aims for a makeup of half-used, half-new items at the market, though in recent years he’s focused more on used items because that’s what’s popular with shoppers. He said folks can sell appliances in all conditions because while some folks come looking for a used microwave to take home and use, others are looking for ones to repair on their own.
The prep work for getting an appliance ready to sell varies. He said some vendors who do this for a living take the time and effort to make a clean presentation while others who are just looking to get the used items off their hands bring it as is.
Selling at the flea market is pretty easy. Garabedian said they have folks who opt to sell at the flea market instead of having a yard sale it home. For those selling outdoors, all they have to do is show up, go to a booth and stand there. He and others running the flea market will walk around and monitor what’s being sold.
“We can almost consider it a yard sale on the outside where you can set up and sell what you want under our guidelines,” he said.
Garabedian said that while selling one used appliance on Craigslist or another online source may be easy, if you’re looking to get rid of a few things that may not be the best platform.
“It’s just tough when you have more than one item; it’s really not beneficial to you because you’re advertising for one thing,” he said. “And the other thing, people are showing up at your private residence.”
 
How to donate it: Sophie Aikman, manager at Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Newington, said appliances like refrigerators, stoves, freezers, microwaves, washers and dryers are popular, so if you’re getting a new appliance at home, donating the old one is a good way to know it will find a new home.
When donating appliances, make sure to check online or call first because stores vary in what they’ll accept. For example, Aikman said Newington’s ReStore only takes electric appliances because they test everything before putting it on the floor.
“We can’t test gas appliances,” she said. “We ask that when people donate [appliances] they be in good working order, no repairs needed, and [they] have to be clean.”
 
How to junk it: If you don’t want to pay for someone to come and take your old appliances right out of your house, call your town’s transfer station to see what the protocol is for disposal, since most of them won’t be eligible for curbside pickup.
For example, Concord’s transfer station and recycling center (77 Old Turnpike Road) accepts items from residents and charges based on item and weight. Appliances containing CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) like refrigerators, air conditioners and freezers are $25 per item to toss. Manchester’s drop-off facility (500 Dunbarton Road) accepts a range of materials from residents including “scrap metal” like stoves, refrigerators and other appliances and has details online about the required annual use permit and other fees. A residential landfill permit ($5 per vehicle, per year) is required for Nashua residents to take items other than regular household trash to the Four Hills Landfill (840 W. Hollis St., Nashua). Accepted items include printers, dehumidifiers, scrap metal and more. See nashuanh.gov for a full list. 
 





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