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Use Dolly to Send Your Old Stuff to a Donation Center
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Use Dolly to Send Your Old Stuff to a Donation Center

Nicole Dieker, Gawker Media

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Want a quick way to get your old furniture or piles of clothing to Goodwill? Have a mattress that needs to go to the Salvation Army? Moving service Dolly is ready to show up, load your stuff, and take it to one of your city's major donation centers-without you even having to ride along.

Dolly is similar to Uber and Lyft, except it provides moving and hauling services. Think pickup trucks, vans, etc. You can use Dolly to move your furniture to your new apartment-I've done it more than once-but the app also gives you the option to book a donation dropoff.

Here's how it works: if you live in one of the cities Dolly currently services, you can download the Dolly app and request a donation drop-off. Then list the number and size of the items you plan to donate (you don't have to be accurate with your measurements; just choose between small/medium/large), take a photo of the items, and select the time window in which you'd like to schedule your Dolly.

The app will connect you with your Helper (yes, that's what they're called) who will arrive within the time window, load your belongings into a truck, and take them to the donation center. You don't have to follow the Dolly to the center or even help them load the truck; all you have to do is be there when your Helper arrives.

The average cost of a Dolly donation run is $72 , so you'll have to decide if that's a fair exchange for getting a bunch of boxes and furniture out of your home or apartment.

The one drawback? You won't be there to collect your donation receipt, if you were planning on deducting your donation from your taxes.

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