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Can I please throw these away?

I am refurbishing furniture by cleaning, painting the furniture and replacing the handles with knobs. I particularly do not like this type of handle. I do see people spray painting them and reusing them and they look fine. With this particular dresser one of the handles was broken so I elected to remove them all, will fill in the holes, drill new holes, and have ordered new knobs. I think it will "make" the look of the dresser. I am also a recovering hoarder. I have a really hard time throwing things away thinking I will someday need or want it. I am saving my old knobs but do you think it's ok if I throw these away? Or, if they are all in good condition am I just making cost and work for myself by not reusing them? I have recently retired and have now taken my hobby from hobby to self-employed fun job.

  • Melissa Dawn Carney
    Melissa Dawn Carney Broken Arrow, OK
    on Apr 6, 2014

    Judy, if one of them is broken, I think it's ok to not use them for sure. If you know some one that would like to have them or buy them from you...that's great. I don't know how many you have, but they would make beautiful handles for a tray maybe. I think they are very nice!

  • Wendi @ H2OBungalow
    Wendi @ H2OBungalow Saint Petersburg, FL
    on Apr 6, 2014

    You can throw them out, but depending on the style of your dresser they may fit nicely with an update in color. Two points to consider, 1. If you do reuse them you'll save a lot of money, knobs can be expensive and from the size of yours they have an extra large spread between the screw holes. Replacement ones may be pricey. 2. Is this for resale or yourself? If for yourself and you want the perfect look you may be ok with spending a lot on knobs. If this dresser is for resale it could add a lot to the cost of your project which cuts into your profits. Just a few thoughts to consider. Good luck!

  • Jennifer G
    Jennifer G Clifton, CO
    on Apr 6, 2014

    If you have no use for them, DONATE them! Your local ReStore or Thrift store would be happy to have them and people who shop thrift stores are always on the lookout for hardware. Added bonus - you can write off your donations :)

    • Jennifer G
      Jennifer G Clifton, CO
      on Apr 6, 2014

      @Judy Parkey Even broken pieces can be salved for other things. I've seen some ladies here on Hometalk do wonderful things with broken bits! I'm not one them (LOL) but I do donate a lot of things for others to find and re-use!

  • Judy Parkey
    Judy Parkey Madill, OK
    on Apr 6, 2014

    If one of them had not been broken I would have cleaned, painted and reused it. I actually got a dresser with a matching night stand. I am just now having an epiphany: I was planning on selling them as a matching set but maybe not? I've painted the nightstand and sealed up the two holes for the drawers. I ordered a set of knobs from Amazon and paid a fair price. I can use them on later projects. BUT, I could take one intact handle from the night stand to make a complete set for the dresser? I've learned sealing up the holes, sanding, then drilling new ones takes time. I don't MIND the work/labor it just takes time. Let me see if my scattered/hoarder self can round them all up! This site is so wonderful!!! Sometimes you just need someone to talk to. I was locked into the idea of selling the dresser and night stand as a set...and that was a detail I didn't tell you about.

  • Shari
    Shari Tampa, FL
    on Apr 6, 2014

    Consider listing these and any other pulls/knobs you have for sale on eBay or Etsy. Vintage hardware can go for BIG bucks and could generate a little extra "fun" money for other projects you may want to do. However, eBay and Etsy (or similar resale sites) can be time-consuming (picture taking, writing a detailed description, packing & shipping etc.) so you have to decide whether the return on what you list for sale is worth the time you put into it. If you determine it's not worth your time, definitely donate because you know..."one man's trash is another man's treasure." :)

  • Jessica C
    Jessica C Stoughton, WI
    on Apr 6, 2014

    You have my permission to throw them away!

  • Miz Amerika
    Miz Amerika Rockport, TX
    on Apr 6, 2014

    I have been making necklaces with old hardware. Don't throw them away. Donate or give them to someone like me!

    • Melissa
      Melissa Sarver, PA
      on Apr 6, 2014

      @Judy Parkey id like to see her necklaces too!!!

  • Lori Kelly
    Lori Kelly Fayetteville, NC
    on Apr 6, 2014

    I believe I might be a hoarder or beginning to become one. I understand your pain and frustration! However, I love to help people(it's just my nature) and I love The Restore for Habitat for Humanity. It helps so many people and gives me crafts. I bought a cabinet door, filled the holes, and and waiting to sand and pain with chalkboard paint. It cost me $1.00! I already have hooks I can put on it for keys, chalk will lay in the cabinet and I already have picture hangers. Can't wait to finish it! But if it were not for kind people like you donating even the smallest thing(like knobs or pulls) which is why I went there in the first place, I would not have a craft to do:(. Thank you for your generosity.

    • Judy Parkey
      Judy Parkey Madill, OK
      on Apr 6, 2014

      @Lori Kelly Several of my projects are painted cabinet doors! Besides being a great practice it was a great way to spend the winter besides EATING!!! I've now been to the Habitat store in Oklahoma City and Fort Worth. OKC charges by the inch...Ft Worth's manager "eye balls" for the charge and he must have taken pity on me!!!

  • Julie Benson-Grant
    Julie Benson-Grant Kansas City, MO
    on Apr 6, 2014

    Consider selling them on eBay... I did just this with an old dresser and I actually made more on the hardware than the piece cost. People are always looking for old and matching hardware and this might just be the piece they are looking for.

  • Paula Englert
    Paula Englert Louisville, KY
    on Apr 6, 2014

    You could attach them to a picture frame and make a serving tray. I am a hoarder. It hurts me to throw away anything! I want to be like you but I have a long way to go. Good luck.

  • Michele Walker
    Michele Walker Frankfort, KY
    on Apr 6, 2014

    I would donate them to a refurbishing or thrift store. You would be surprised the things people can do with one woman/mans treasure!

  • Chris aka monkey
    Chris aka monkey Mount Pleasant, TN
    on Apr 6, 2014

    donating is a great idea but please remember these are yours to do with as you please throw them away if you want xx

  • Lori J
    Lori J Broken Bow, NE
    on Apr 6, 2014

    In a wasteful world, why not offer someone a chance to reuse them. The attitude that it is mine and therefore I can throw it away has left us pondering at the volume of crap that ends up in landfills. They might still have end up in a landfill, but there is a chance for reuse along the way.

  • Miz Amerika
    Miz Amerika Rockport, TX
    on Apr 6, 2014

    I've tried twice to post the photo (necklace). Something must be wrong with my phone. I will try again later.

  • Dee
    Dee New Castle, PA
    on Apr 6, 2014

    Freecycle is another great option. You can search on Yahoo groups for your area. You post what-have-you to give away, or a request for an item you're looking for. It's purpose is to reduce the amount of trash going into our landfills. I've offered bubble wrap & packing peanuts (popular for eBay-ers), books, even broken electronics. Plants, craft supplies, you name it!

    • Jennifer G
      Jennifer G Clifton, CO
      on Apr 7, 2014

      @Dee As an eBayer - I LOVE when my family and friends offer me their bubble wrap and packing supplies! I refuse to buy that stuff new and I reuse everything I can. I never thought of Freecycle for packing materials… Thanks for the great tip!

  • Savvy Chic Michelle
    Savvy Chic Michelle Howell, NJ
    on Apr 6, 2014

    If you have a Habitat for Humanity by you bring them there. Someone would love to have them.

  • Linda Vellucci
    Linda Vellucci Knightdale, NC
    on Apr 6, 2014

    I'd paint the part that hits the furniture white, then the handle a contrasting color to make it more modern. If you are attempting to make some money, USE THEM, attached them back to the furniture and toss them. If you don't have enough, I've used different handle, like a knob, on say the smaller drawers or just the top drawers and then the full handle on the rest. I'm not a hoarder, I'm a reuser of EVERYTHING and self supporting.

  • Homeroad
    Homeroad Huntington, NY
    on Apr 6, 2014

    I'd be saving them for another project! They may look perfect on something else

    • Denise Clemons
      Denise Clemons
      on Apr 7, 2014

      @Homeroad Did you see the part about recovering hoarder? "Might use it later" is what hoarders say when they hold on to really ugly stuff...

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen Chattanooga, TN
    on Apr 7, 2014

    Donate them. Someone would love to either use them or repurpose them. Don't keep if you are a recovering hoarder. Only adds to the confusion.

  • Nancy H
    Nancy H
    on Apr 7, 2014

    Since you're a recovering hoarder I would highly recommend getting them out of your house. If you're not comfortable throwing them away (I wouldn't be either) maybe you can find an architectural salvage place nearby that can use them. Or maybe even a high school art class. They are beautiful, but us hoarders see a purpose for everything and we have to be brutal about letting go.

  • Jody H
    Jody H Tucson, AZ
    on Apr 7, 2014

    As you defined yourself as a recovering hoarder, possibly you could just put them in a potted plant. Silly, but I do put all sorts of things in my potted plants: marbles, broken ceramics,kids tiny toys,beads......looks cool and you can still "keep" them.

  • Jan Treuter
    Jan Treuter Pleasant Ridge, MI
    on Apr 7, 2014

    NO! They are fabulous. Take them to an antique dealer, furniture refinisher or rehab store.

  • Pam Greene
    Pam Greene Ashville, OH
    on Apr 7, 2014

    I think on the inside of a door and then use the handle part as a towell holder

  • Pam Greene
    Pam Greene Ashville, OH
    on Apr 7, 2014

    I think on the inside of a door and then use the handle part as a towell holder

  • Nancy Gramm
    Nancy Gramm
    on Apr 7, 2014

    I'm sure you've gotten some great advice here, but I just wanted to say I have a midcentury Lane lamp table that I threw away the knobs for ages ago. Would love to have them back! Tastes change, people change, and dollink so will you, one of these days. ;^)

  • Judy Parkey
    Judy Parkey Madill, OK
    on Apr 7, 2014

    Thank you for all your answers. I love them all - from "throw them away" to "keep them for another day"!!!! As I said in an earlier post in "talking to you" I was able to reason out my thinking. I bought this as a dresser with mirror and night stand. I struggled as to whether to sell as a set or separately. When I decided to sell it as a set I then was locked in on the idea to make everything uniform. I skipped right over the trend of having different knobs on the top level which would have worked. Thinking outside of the box is a skill I'm working on. So, thanks to all of you I have gone back to an earlier idea: I will sell the night stand and dresser separately. The dresser has some detail work I might even eliminate with wood filler. I FOUND 6 unbroken pulls and will clean and paint. I'm probably going to paint the dresser a home-made chalk paint and Behr Ashwood (ASCP French Linen) and Behr Polished Pearl (ASCP Old White) with black, possibly ASCP Graphite, pulls. I've already painted the night stand with home-made chalk paint Behr Cathedral. I will top it with ASCP Graphite (I still have lots of ASCP Graphite) and clear and maybe dark wax. I ordered a set of of 10 satin pulls and will use 2 on the night stand. I'll have future them for projects to use them on. I didn't pay an arm and a leg for them and am wiser for the experience. I'm still on the life learning curve of being a single working woman with a decent job and a hobby to being retired and trying to make a hobby more than pay for itself.

    • Jennifer G
      Jennifer G Clifton, CO
      on Apr 7, 2014

      @Judy Parkey YAY! I'm glad you found the answers and support you were looking for! Hometalk is great for bouncing ideas around and learning from others. Enjoy your 'new' job/hobby and post photos of your finished work! We would love to see all your hard work realized in the finished pieces :)

  • Karyl
    Karyl Canton, NY
    on Apr 7, 2014

    If you posted them on Craigslist and were local to me I'd snag them up, paint them and use them on a dresser I'm painting. :-)

  • Kate Allen
    Kate Allen Westport, CT
    on Apr 7, 2014

    I have a relative who is a hoarder and I know how painful and tough a challenge that can be. Don't feel you have to keep anything. Whatever you don't like, you can put, for instance, those drawer pulls in a plastic bag and drop off at Good Will. Here's a quote from William Morris that I love and keep in my office: "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful".

  • Jean Adams
    Jean Adams Arlington, TX
    on Apr 7, 2014

    Too many knobs out there to fill and drill holes. What a mess. You can find the right size for your holes easily.

  • Lillian Garcia
    Lillian Garcia Longboat Key, FL
    on Apr 7, 2014

    Donate..donate..donate.. There are so many people out there on a limited income who could really use furniture hardware to upgrade old furniture. I recently changed my kitchen hardware to polished nickel and donated a bagful of hardware to Goodwill. They are extremely grateful, especially receiving matching pieces.

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