Fixit: Where to donate that NordicTrack

  • Article by: KAREN YOUSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 24, 2006 - 10:02 AM

Q: After 25 years, we sold our house and are in the process of downsizing. We have exercise equipment in good condition that we no longer need. Places such as Goodwill don't accept exercise equipment, and retailers of used equipment will only take it if we buy new from them. What can empty-nesters like us do?

Q After 25 years, we sold our house and are in the process of downsizing. We have exercise equipment in good condition that we no longer need. Places such as Goodwill don't accept exercise equipment, and retailers of used equipment will only take it if we buy new from them. What can empty-nesters like us do?

A Exercise equipment is one of those things that seems like a good idea at the time, but as time passes and it becomes a big ugly "clothes hanger," it's not so fun to get rid of, according to Amanda O'Neil with Smaller Nest, a Twin Cities company that helps people moving to smaller quarters. She suggests starting with Craigslist (www. minneapolis.craigslist.org). It's the best way to unload oversized items locally. Take a picture of the equipment (people rarely want something they can't see), then list the specs, name your price and insist on cash only.

If you have not had any responses within three days, re-list the item and drop the price by half. Another option is www.freecycle.org, a community bulletin board for "recycling" unwanted items. Be sure to have the other person pick up the equipment. If you are not computer-savvy, call local churches and schools. They may have regular rummage sales and would appreciate the donation, especially if you drop it off.

Also, don't forget to tell co-workers, friends and relatives that you have exercise equipment to give away.

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