These instrument resources give you links and tips for where to donate, sell, recycle, and toss your new or used items.
Collectibles With A Cause
Give the gift of music through Collectibles With A Cause. This nonprofit accepts almost all musical instruments, from strings to woodwinds to brass. They clean the instruments and send them to schools around the country for students who are learning music that wouldn’t be able to afford instruments otherwise.
This organization will come right to your door to pick up your donation items. Set your date and gather your items – no fees or mailing necessary. Most donations can be picked up within 24 hours.
You can list your instruments for sale on various sites, including Reddit, eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace. You can disclose as much information as you’d like, pick your prices, and choose how you want transactions to take place. Make sure to vet your buyers and never meet anyone alone in an isolated area for drop-offs.
Not sure how much your instrument is worth? Reverb has an extensive database that lists going market rates for all kinds of musical instruments and accessories.
Give It To A Local Organization
Try calling local churches, school music departments, or music programs to see if they’re in need of your musical instrument. This will guarantee your instrument is put to good use while helping your local community.
Smaller instruments can just be tossed in the trash. You might want to try taking them to a scrap metal dealer or junkyard to make a little bit of money off the junked instrument, but how much the scrap metal is worth varies.
Junk Removal Services
Larger musical instruments, like old pianos and organs, can be removed by professionals. Places like 1-800-GOT-JUNK will send a team to remove and discard your piano for you, so you don’t need to worry about how to transport it to a junkyard.