The Ventura County’s best spots to trade in used stuff for cash
When most of us think about recycling, our sights are limited by that empty tub of cottage cheese. It has some sort of recycling insignia imprinted on the bottom. But does that little arrow mean you should or shouldn’t toss it in with your empty Coke cans? If you’re stuck on this sort of question, you’re thinking too small. Recycling is something you can do with all kinds of items, not just glass and plastic. You can recycle clothes, furniture, knick-knacks, CDs, records and more. You name it, there’s probably a way to recycle it.
And, there’s also probably a way to make a little money in the process, too. Besides, who ever said recycling had to be a completely unselfish act? Why not add a few coins to the piggy bank while you’re at it?
For the traditionalist
Unless you’re some sort of Neanderthal, chances are, you already recycle. You dutifully toss every tin can, empty soda bottle and newspaper into the blue trash bin and pat yourself on the back as it’s hauled away. You may not drive a hybrid (yet) but you’re doing your part to save the earth. So why not do a little something to pad your wallet while you’re at it? You do know they’ll pay you for those bottles and cans, right? It takes a little more work, but if you haul your trash bags full of recyclable goods to the nearest recycling center, you can walk away with a pretty penny.
Ralph’s/Tomra Recycling: 1776 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 266-2453.
Drop that muumuu
Will I ever fit into those jeans I wore in high school? Will I ever wear that paisley print dress that my mother-in-law gave me last Christmas? Maybe I should keep these polyester pants just in case I need to dress up as John Travolta a la Saturday Night Fever? These are the kinds of questions we ask ourselves as we go through our closets, trying to decide what to keep and what to give to Goodwill. The answer, my friends, is always no. Giving to the Salvation Army or Goodwill is a great idea, but if you have something that you truly think is worth a few bucks, why not try a consignment store? You’ll never wear that pink sweater again, but some high schooler who’s just discovering Cyndi Lauper might pay 10 bucks for it. A consignment store will put your old clothes (and sometimes stuff) on display and then pay you a generous percentage once they sell it.
Wear it Again Sam: 1978 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-3989.
I’m bringing Flock of Seagulls back!
CDs: Do you even still have any of these things? Well, you know, CDs won’t exist in a few years, so you might as well unload them while you still can. Besides, every CD you own has already been ripped to your computer and uploaded to your iPod, right? Nostalgia is not a good reason to hold onto a little plastic disc, when you can get a few bucks for it at your neighborhood record store. Your next hesitation is probably the content of your CD collection, but don’t let your obscure musical tastes stop you from reselling. Most used CD outlets already have too many copies of Justin Timberlake’s new album, they’re really hoping for some less obvious stuff. A friend of mine once sold all her CDs and made enough money to move to Boston. What will you do with your riches?
Salzer’s Records: 5777 Valentine Rd., Ventura. 639-2160.
Buffalo Records: 105 South Oak St., Ventura. 648-3345.