55 Ways to Repurpose a Material Donation

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Hold a garage sale, sell the good and donate the proceeds.
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Host a bazaar at a school or place of worship, sell goods, donate proceeds.
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Donate the items to a local charity.
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Donate the items to a local women’s shelter.
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Donate the items to a local homeless shelter.
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Donate clothes, jewelry, props and costumes that can be used in a play to a local school’s drama department.
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Organize a cook-off to use donated canned goods in unique recipes.
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Hold a live auction of the goods.
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Donate canned food and bottled water to local food banks.
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Host a lottery of the goods. Sell tickets, donate proceeds.
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Sponsor a fashion show where viewers buy the clothes off the models.
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Use items as door prizes at a fundraising event.
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Hold a Best Outfit contest using only donated clothes and accessories.
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Decorate cans for use as pencil holders, planters, pots, etc.

  • As a class project
  • To be given as gifts
  • For sale or auction
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Sell water bottles at sporting events, donate them to a shelter or give them as needed to thirsty people.
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Re-purpose and sell blankets as car seat covers, shams, towels, baby blankets, etc.
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Donate toys to local daycare facilities, shelters or schools.
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Use donated food items to make meals for the homeless at a shelter.
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Use donated items for a Guess the Weight or Guess the Transportation Cost contest. Correct guess wins the items.
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Organize a Free Store. Like a swap meet, in a free store, people give the store what they do not want while taking something they do want.
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Cut off a plastic bottle bottom; the bottle becomes a funnel, the cut-off part can hold paper clips, paint for touch-ups or be a seed starter.
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Make plastic bottle terrariums. Layer soil, them seeds, then a little more soil. Water gently through the opening, and a little sunshine and watch it grow!
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Donate goods as appropriate to local animal shelters.
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Use soft donated goods to make a ball pit for a local school or daycare.
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Offer clothes to consignment stores.
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Create and sell pillows and shams made from clothes.
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Create and sell wreaths made from clothing scraps: www.tearosehome.blogspot.com/2010/02/tutorialvalentines-wreath.html
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Make and sell dolls and other tows from goods.
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Weave and sell rugs out of the clothing scraps: www.ehow.com/how_7717132_weave-rugs-fabric-scraps.html
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Weave and sell Quilts from clothes: http://quiltbug.com/articles/Tshirt-quilts.htm
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Make and sell fabric roses from strips of clothing: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnGdX7_5Rds
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Use bottle caps to create checkers and sell checker sets.
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Create and sell jewelry made from donated goods.
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Make and sell Christmas tree ornaments from donated goods.
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Make lanterns out of cans: www.ehow.com/how_3431_make-tin-can.html
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Turn empty bottles into bird feeders (search the internet for your preferred style).
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Make a very warm, no-sew wool blanket from donated blankets: www.ehow.com/how_7835420_keep-warm-hammock-sewing.html
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Decorate metal cans and use to collect donation money.
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Use old T-shirts and other clothing items such as towels for a relief car wash.
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Give unusable clothing donations to a textile recycler. Google one nearest you.
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Cut a slot below the cap of a bottle, decorate the bottle and use as a “bottle bank” to collect money for disaster relief.