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Need to make room for a new set of wheels in your garage or new clothes in your closet? Struggling to find shelf space for the toys Santa left for your kids?

Get rid of your old items and you can gain some space and a tax deduction or extra cash. Cars, clothes and toys are among the items you can donate to a qualified 501(c)(3) charity in return for an itemized tax deduction. Or start the new year with a fatter wallet by reselling them online through one of a growing array of sites.

Try these options for donating or reselling everything from books to boats to furniture and appliances.

—By Lucy Maher, special to CNBC.com
Posted 27 Dec. 2014

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