Is the garage on your home improvement project list for the summer? You might be putting it off for a few reasons—the clutter, the dirt, the lack of space. The garage is one of those places that people put off organizing. It’s messy, it’s big, and it tends to be a storage dump for a lot of people. So what are you supposed to do with all those excess items in the garage? From the garden tools to the kids’ sporting equipment, there’s a lot to maneuver and potentially donate.
For families, one category that contributes to clutter is used sporting equipment. To help you successfully clean and organize your garage, we’ve provided the guide below. It answers your question, “What can I do with used sports equipment?” Take a look!
Resell High-Quality Items
If you have a set of unused hockey sticks or a pair of soccer cleats that were barely worn, then see if you can resell them. You may be able to return them to the store if they were never used. Some stores accept on consignment and sell lightly used sporting equipment, which offers a great reselling opportunity for you! If you have any neighbors who are playing the sport, offer your equipment to them.
Donate to Charity
Some items that are still in good condition may be too difficult to sell on your own. That’s when you should think about donation. Either schedule a pickup or drop them off at a local clothing donation organization like GreenDrop. You may not get the financial bump from selling it, but you will provide these items to people who may not be able to afford the brand-new version. And that goes a long way!
Trash or Upcycle
Your third option for when you’re trying to figure out what you can do with used sports equipment comes to either trashing or upcycling the items. Of course, we don’t want to add more to the landfills, but if the equipment is in unusable condition, that may be your only choice. If, however, you can find a way to upcycle it, that would be the better option.
A baseball bat can turn into a nightstand leg. Old skis can be fashioned into a bench. Tennis rackets can turn into chair backs—the options are endless. Don’t think that your only option is to trash it!
When you’re looking for a place to take your sports equipment donations, turn to GreenDrop. One of the best places to take donations on the East Coast, we’ll make sure that your donation makes an impact. You get to choose from our four nonprofit organization partners to support: the Military Order of the Purple Heart, American Red Cross, National Federation of the Blind, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Drop off your sports equipment and clothing donations in Laurel, MD, or any of our other locations.