1. Gift them on
Do you know anyone moving into a new home? Their first home? How about a student moving away to college? Someone on low income who can’t afford fancy gadgets? Anyone fitting any of these criteria would be a good candidate to gift an appliance to. If you think they might find it awkward, ask for a nominal fee – something as small as possible – so they feel like they’re buying it from you.
2. Give to charity
If you don’t know anyone yourself, there’s still a way to give your appliances to someone who needs them. So long as they are clean, have been through health and safety checks, and have all their original parts, you should be able to donate them.
3. Upcycle them
Can you use your old appliances for something else, and give them new life in the process? For example, a kettle could become a vase – or even a watering can for your garden. There are lots of ideas out there for reusing appliances, so take a look around and see if anything takes your fancy.
4. Throw them out
If it really doesn’t seem like there’s any possible use for your items, especially if they are very worn or broken, then you might as well just throw them out. If you happen to have quite a few appliances to get rid of, or they are very large, you can call a rubbish removal company to get them for you. This will save you the time and effort of finding out where to dispose of them.
5. Auction them
If they do still work and you think they’re worth something, why not sell them online? You can list them up on an online auction site to see who will be interested. Try searching first to see what price others have sold them for. This could get you a bit of cash in return for your appliances – but don’t be tempted to spend it on yet more of them!
6. Strip them for parts
If you’re a bit handy with a spanner, you might be able to figure out a way to recycle some parts of your old appliances. You can strip them down to their parts, take the useful pieces to repair other appliances, or even use them to make something new. You might even do it just as an exercise to learn how the appliances work.
7. Attend a community sale
If there is a sale going on in your community, such as a garage sale or a fete, make sure that you get yourself down there to sell your items as well. You don’t have to charge much for them, but it’s nice to get them out of the house and put a bit of money in your pocket. It’s also a great way to get out and meet your neighbours, and participate in your local community.