Too Many Televisions!! (Where the heck can one donate a used one?)

Okay, this is frustrating, and ANY advice would be most welcome!

Over the summer, we broke down and bought a new flatscreen TV. (My husband had been drooling over them for years, and our green-frugality mode over the past year or two have made things financially better than they’ve been in a while, so we could do it. Boys and their toys, what’s a greenmom to do?) (But that’s a post for another day.)  The problem: we now have this old TV, digital ready, that works absolutely fine, and no one will even take it as a donation.

In hindsight, we should have seen this coming…with the whole digital conversion, thing, I’m sure all the service and donation places have had a complete glut of the things.  Goodwill in Illinois won’t take them at all, Salvation army won’t take anything older than 2005 (ours is, I think, 1999 or older, but it’s FINE!) , and we can’t find anyplace to take this perfectly good TV.

We can try freecycle, but I sort of expect the same thing there…we’re about a year behind the times, and I suspect everyone who wants a TV has one at this point.

Help! does anyone have any suggestions?

(UPDATE: thanks for the suggestions!  As it turned out, one thing I forgot about is the whole dynamic of the burbs as opposed to that of the city. My husband, who grew up in the city, remembered–he had to go do some work at his folks’ place in the city yesterday afternoon, and he thought to check the Salvation Army stores there, and they were happy to take our working 1999 television. And on his way out he ran into a guy who sold him two bags of homemade tamales for pretty cheap–another thing that just doesn’t happen in the burbs, authentic Mexican food sold on street corners and made by the seller’s mom–so we had a very nice dinner. And lots of leftover tamales.)

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Posted on January 10, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’d try Freecycle, still. You might be surprised. If that doesn’t work, old TVs can, I think, be collected as e-waste. That said, my son’s school rummage sale ended up with several old TVs last year. When the sale ended, we opened it up for two hours to Freecyclers to help clear things out. We had ALOT of stuff. When the dust settled, I don’t believe we had a single TV left.

  2. I would call any “transitional services” organization. I’ve donated old TVs to a group in town who helps domestic violence victims get back on their feet. I’m sure every town has similar services, whether it’s housing for the poor, or other transitional groups. Worth looking into!

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