Reuse is simply the act of finding a second (or third, or tenth or hundredth) use for a product to prolong its life. Reuse is an important step after you've already reduced, but before you are ready to recycle.Reuse is a process that many of us already implement in our everyday lives without realizing it. Any time you buy or sell a product second-hand, such as from SEVCA, Craigslist, or eBay you are providing an additional use for this product, while at the same time, not requiring another one to be created.
The important thing to consider when you want to reuse is that "creativity is king" in the process. The creativity also provides the opportunity to be thrifty, by reusing what you already have for new, innovative purposes.
"Sewing Peace" In 2016, Dan Farrar, transfer station operator at the Springfield Transfer Station, accepted unwanted, working sewing machines for "Sewing Peace," an initiative of Pedals for Progress. The year's (2021) total was 70 machines, which were shipped to partnering organizations in Sierra Leone and Guatemala. If you have a useable machine to donate, please bring it to the Ludlow or Springfield transfer stations. Read more about the Foundation on the Pedals for Progress website. Read more...
Freecycling Freecycling is a great way to "get rid of stuff."
Paint "Be paint wise; buy the right size."
Materials Exchanges Materials exchanges facilitate the reuse of materials and save them from becoming waste. They do this by acting like a broker or bulletin board, helping businesses or people that have unwanted materials connect with others who could use that same material. Here is a list of some exchanges:
Reuse Marketplace A free service whose goal is to minimize waste by fostering the exchange of reusable commercial resources. Click here for more information.
Building Materials Vermont Salvage Exchange Used interior and exterior building materials bought and sold. Great stuff for your renovation project. Gates Street (behind former Mascoma Bank next to railroad tracks) White River Junction, VT (802) 295-7616
COVER A used building material and household goods redistribution center. Accepting tax-deductible donations of new and lightly used building materials from area contractors, businesses, and individuals and offering them at low-cost to the community. 158 S. Main Street White River Junction, VT (802) 296-7241
Deconstruction Works Specializing in the salvage and reuse (green demolition) of houses, outbuildings, and commercial interiors in Vermont and New Hampshire.
ReSOURCE "ReSOURCE's mission is to meet community and individual needs through (1) education and job skills training, (2) environmental stewardship, and (3) economic opportunities." ReSOURCE has stores in Barre, Burlington, Hyde Park, and Williston. Click here for their addresses and hours of operation.
Annual Re-use Sales Plan ahead and make donations to these events.
Ford-Sayer Winter Sports Sale In early November. Equipment and clothing. Sponsored by the Ford-Sayer Ski Council. Hanover High School Gym 41 Lebanon Street Hanover, NH (603) 643-2226 or (802) 649-1678
Glad Rags Sale 4th Saturday in April and October. 9:00 to 3:00. Better used clothing. Masonic Hall Pleasant St (Route 4)(in front of the Health Center) Woodstock, VT (802) 457-2864
Youth-In-Action Toys and Togs In Spring. Children's toys and clothing (donations appreciated year-round). St. Paul's Church Taft Flat Wilder, VT (603) 643-4313
Furniture and Housewares Allard's Discount Warehouse New, used, and factory second and furniture. 12 Prospect St. (call for directions) White River Junction, VT (802) 295-5678
Clothing and Housewares The Community Closet Thrift Store Clothing and housewares available at very inexpensive prices. All income returns to the community via donations to:
The Community Christmas Fund of Immanuel Episcopal Church
Greater Falls United Network
Our Place, and
Other local organizations.
The Community Closet is located in the basement of the Immanuel Episcopal Church at 20 Church Street in Bellows Falls. The Closet's parking lot is accessed via the driveway directly across from the Bellows Falls United Church (the first driveway east of the Bellows Falls Middle School). Thrift Store hours are 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays 802-463-3100
SEVCA Good Buy Stores Books, household goods, curtains, furniture, handbags, shoes, boots, belts, stuffed animals, bedding, and clothing for men, women, and children. "One person's trash is another's treasure." Whatever we can't sell in our stores, we try to recycle. Donated items need to be in plastic bags. Shoes should be in a separate bag and tied together if possible. SEVCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit human services agency. Proceeds from recycling fund the agency's programs, which include weatherization, family services, crisis fuel, Head Start, Outreach, and helping those in need in our Vermont communities.
Three locations: Hartford-Wilder, Vermont Mon - Fri: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 802-359-4183 goodbuy@ sover.net Located at: 676 Hartford Ave. (near high school)
Bellows Falls, Vermont Mon - Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 802-463-9084 I-91 Exit 5 or 6, 45 Rockingham St.
Springfield, Vermont Mon - Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 802-885-7074 1-91 Exit 7 23-25 Main Street
Black River Good Neighbor Services Ludlow Armory Community Complex, Main Street Ludlow, VT 802-228-3663
Who is Sylvia? 1800s - 1950s vintage clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. Antique lace and linen bought and sold. 26 Central St Woodstock, VT 802-457-1110
The Bridgewater Thrift Store Over 6,000 square feet on the third floor of the Bridgewater Mill, which is west of Woodstock on Route 4 in Bridgewater, Vermont. They sell clothing, housewares, shoes, and books. The store is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. In 2011, they recycled over 41 tons of clothing. 101 Mill Road Bridgewater, Vermont 802-672-1990
Books Five-Colleges Book Sale Annual sale, late April at Lebanon High School Gym. Call about book donations. Lebanon High School Gym Lebanon, NH (603) 643-2528 http://www.five-collegesbooksale.org
Pleasant Street Books Antiquarian books, used and rare books. 48 Pleasant St (Route 4) Woodstock, VT (802) 457-4050
Women's Business Clothes Dress for Success Burlington is a non-profit organization located in Burlington, Vermont that provides professional attire and career development to disadvantaged women who are making the transition from public assistance to self-sufficiency.
We require that all donations be: Women's business attire appropriate for a job interview (suits, skirts, pants, blouses, blazers, sweaters, dresses, coats, etc.) Suitable for the appropriate season In excellent condition (clean, no pills, stains, missing buttons, etc.) Pressed and ON HANGERS Items we accept: In-season, office-appropriate women's wear including:
winter coats and boots
Clothing more than 10 years old will generally not be accepted.For more information, please contact the Dress for Success Burlington store at 802-861-2243. Or visit www.dressforsuccess.org.
Making a Cloth Gift Bag Reduce your use of wrapping paper...make a cloth gift bag, or order some on-line. Just search for "cloth gift bag" for sources.