What you can do with last year's Christmas gifts

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Updated: 12/26/2013 12:56 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Along with gifts, Christmas can come with a need for more space.

Whether Santa brought you a new sweater, phone or book, there's some place local you can take the item it replaced and you could leave with some cash.

"We need jackets, we need sweatshirts, we need skinny denim," said Hanna Selvey, Plato's Closet sales associate.

Selvey said if you have too many clothes in your closet after christmas someone else may want to buy those jeans or that shirt you don't really wear anymore.

"We look for it to be current within the last year, year and a half, [with] no holes or stains," Selvey said.

The store buys and sells gently worn clothes for young men and women.

"We go from high school to college and then Clothes Mentor is more business casual for women," Selvey said.

Both stores buy items and they'll walk you through the process when you walk in.

"We'll take a look at your items see what fits the criteria standards that we have to go by and put it into our computer system and generate a quote for you, and we give you 30-40 percent of what we price on the floor," Selvey said. "We pay cash on the spot."

Selvey said if you didn't get the shoes or jewelry from your christmas list Plato's and Clothes Mentor are smart places to shop for yourself.

"It's at 30-40 percent of what it's at in the discount stores, so it has great value and you save a lot of money," Selvey said.

And the stores are locally owned.

"We help out the economy," Selvey said. "When you bring in your stuff it's recycled."

If you're looking to recycle books, movies or music you can head over to Grassroots Books. They buy from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and take a wide variety of items.

If you got a new phone, computer or game system Best Buy takes trade-ins. They'll give you a gift card, or if they can't buy your item, they'll recycle it for you.

If you want to do some cleaning up and some good, you can donate your gently used clothes, electronics and other small household items. A list of some local non-profits that take donations is to the left of this page.

You can post your suggestions for places to donate on the News 4 Facebook page.
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