Scam alerts: check the FTC for what is out there and how to combat it
Security Freeze vs. Fraud alerts: View Consumer Reports article about the Equifax breach
Remoov offers pick up of consignment items, donation and trash all at one time! Their rate depends on how much your items fill up the truck and if there are any disposal fees. I have used them several times and recommend them.
EcoHaul disposes your items either through recycling, donation or composting.
Bay Area Rescue Mission – 1st & McDonald. Richmond. Household goods, clothing, toys, linens
Goodwill – many locations
Salvation Army – many locations
Thrift Town – El Sobrante
East Bay Children’s Book Project – children books, Oakland
Hopeline – cell phones, batteries, chargers, and accessories in any condition.
Berkeley Recycling 2nd & Gilman Streets
El Cerrito Recycle Center – north end of Moeser Street, El Cerrito. Styrofoam packaging, hard plastic and plastic bags, cardboard/paper, metal, batteries, glass, bicycles (and parts), medications. There is also a Goodwill for donations and an area for books, eyeglasses & bulbs (have to go inside), hangers, corks, toys, etc.
Clothing: H&M drop-off locations. Any clothing in any condition is accepted (probably decently clean). For each bag of clothing you bring in, you receive a voucher (redeemable on your next purchase). For each pound of clothing they collect, 1 cent will be donated to a local charity chosen by H&M. The donations are not tax-deductible. For more info, click here.
Rev-a-Shelf makes custom shelves/inserts for cabinets/drawers. This picture shows how to organize food storage containers!