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The Ultimate Guide To Used Medical Equipment In California

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Finding money for all the equipment that may be needed for aging parents can be difficult at times, but it doesn’t have to be. Gently used equipment which has been re-furbished is a perfectly good option. Of course you don’t have to buy, there are many organizations who will give, or lend, used medical equipment to individuals in financial need.

 

In California you can get used medical equipment from –

 

  • the Ability Tools Assistive Technology Program
  • AT Exchange
  • reuse, recycling and refurbishing centers
  • loan or lending closets all over California
  • independent living centers
  • Freecycle
  • medical equipment suppliers
  • thrift stores
  • Goodwill stores
  • Salvation Army stores
  • online classified ad listings
  • facebook selling groups
CONTENTS - Overview & Quick Links

Ability Tools – the California State Assistive Technology Program

The CATRC – The California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition

CATRC Medical Equipment Reuse Programs and their eligibility guidelines

Ability Tools Device Lending and Demo Centers

How to use the Ability Tools AT Exchange – buy, sell, donate, borrow, get free, and ask for used medical equipment

Independent Reuse Programs and Loan Closets and their eligibility guidelines – borrow (usually free) used medical equipment

Lions Club Medical Equipment Loan Closets

Rotary Club Medical Equipment Loan Closets

How to find smaller used medical equipment loan closets near me in California

How to get free used medical equipment on freecycle.org

Buy used medical equipment in California

Buying used medical equipment online near me in California

 

I am going to start with State Government run/organized initiatives, as they are well established in the State of California.

In California, access to used medical equipment (or used DME – durable medical equipment) and assistive technologies, at the state level is run under the umbrella of, the California Assistive Technology Program – “ABILITY TOOLS” – with the help of particular reuse programs at various Reuse Centers, Independent Living Centers, and  large non-profit organizations across California.

This coalition of reuse programs is known as the CATRC – The California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition.

The members of the CATRC work with the ABILITY TOOLS to collect and refurbish used medical equipment, and then help to re-distribute it to those in need.

 

Through ABILITY TOOLS and the  CATRC there are opportunities to –

  • borrow used medical equipment in the short term for free
  • borrow used medical equipment for longer periods of time for free
  • borrow used medical equipment indefinitely for free
  • get given used medical equipment for free
  • to buy used medical equipment at a very low cost

The loaned medical equipment is usually given to those with the greatest need.

Let’s start with Ability Tools.
 

 

Ability Tools – the California Assistive Technology Program

 

Ability Tools runs an Assistive Technology Exchange which can be accessed from their website where both organizations can post used medical equipment and AT devices for donation, exchange, loan, or sale, as well as ads for items which a person needs, and where members of the public can also view what is available.

 

The Assistive Technology Exchange website can be found by going here – http://abilitytools.org/services/at-exchange-transition.php

 

Ability Tools partners, the CATRC reuse programs, also post their available inventory on the Assistive Technology Exchange website.

“The reuse programs accept assistive technology and medical devices, repair, and sanitize them, and then offer them to people with disabilities for free or at low cost.” – Source here.

Ability Tools also contracts 12 agencies throughout California to run demonstration centers and lending libraries, or loan closets, for AT devices (this includes any equipment which helps you to be able to complete a task you could not do without the equipment) which do short term loans of up to 30 days.

If you want to find the demonstration centers and lending libraries, they are on the Ability Tools website here.

 

The CATRC – The California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition

 

CARTC is a coalition of organizations working to distribute refurbished equipment to those who need it for free or at a very low cost.

The CATRC website is here.

The used medical equipment which has been collected by the CATRC is all listed on the online AT Exchange which is run by Ability Tools.

You can access the  AT Exchange on the Ability Tools website (the Natads Public Access database) here,

or on the homepage of the CATRC website where you will also find links to the AT Exchange to –

 

  • buy used medical equipment
  • sell used medical equipment
  • borrow used medical equipment
  • donate used medical equipment
  • place an ad for a particular type of equipment you need

 

If you wish to, you can also contact the individual member organizations near you to find out what equipment may be available to you, using the contact info I have listed with each organization below.

(There are other organizations which are part of the CATRC, but they do not deal with medical equipment, so I have not listed them here).

Pick the nearest city to you to find a CATRC Reuse Program –

Each of the CATRC Reuse Programs may prioritize different members of their communities, or not, and some will loan medical equipment, or sell it at a very low cost, or give it away for free, or all three.

 

ALS Association, Los Angeles Chapter

The greater Los Angeles chapter of the ALS Association (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) runs a “loan closet” for members who are registered with them.

Address:
P.O. Box 565
Agoura Hills, CA 91376-0565

Phone: 818 865 8067

Website:http://webgw.alsa.org/

 

DAYLE MCINTOSH CENTER (DMC) Reuse, Repair and Recycle Program DAYLE MCINTOSH CENTER (DMC) (Orange County)

The Dayle McIntosh Center’s reuse, recycle and repair program serves residents of Orange County of all ages with disabilities.

The website page for their assistive technology loan program is here.

The items available change constantly, but examples of medical equipment includes –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • canes
  • crutches
  • shower chairs
  • commode chairs
  • Hoyer lifts

 

Address:
501 N. Brookhurst Street, #102
Anaheim, CA 92801

Phone: 714 621 3300

Website: https://daylemc.org

 

You can either contact the program, or look on the AT Exchange website to see what equipment they have available. 

 

INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER OF KERN COUNTY (ILCKC)

Repair and Re-Use

The Repair and Re-Use Program of Independent Living Center of Kern County is a loan and recycle program which makes wheelchairs and other assistive equipment available to people with disabilities.

The equipment is loaned without fees, and indefinitely

The program loans durable medical equipment such as –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • lifts
  • walkers
  • crutches

Address:
5251 Office Park Drive, Suite 200
Bakersfield, CA 93309

Phone: 661 325 1063

Website: https://ilcofkerncounty.org

Disability Action Center (DAC)

Disability Action Centers run a durable medical equipment recycling program serving all residents in Shasta, Modoc, Siskiyou, Lassen, Butte, Tehama, Glenn, and Plumas County who have a disability.

The equipment is repaired, cleaned, and distributed to people in the communities who need it for free.

The inventory includes items such as –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • canes
  • crutches
  • shower chairs
  • commode chairs
  • Hoyer lifts

 

You can contact them using the information below, and you can find what is available on the AT Exchange website.

Address:
1161 East Avenue

Chico, CA 95926

Phone: 800 464 8527

Website: https://actionctr.org

Satellite Offices:

1600 West Street,

Redding, CA 96001

Phone: 530 242 8550

 

Independent Living Resources of Solano and Contra Costa Counties (ILR)

The reuse program is for seniors and people with disabilities who are in need of AT devices and DME, and who are unable to pay for them themselves.

The ILRSCC reuse program will give the equipment for free to low income seniors or people with disabilities in the community.

The devices could be –

  • manual wheelchairs
  • power wheelchairs
  • walkers

 

You can contact them using the information below.

Address:

1850 Gateway Blvd, Ste. 170
Concord, CA 94520

Phone: 925 363 7293

Website: https://ilrscc.org

Satellite Offices:
301 West 10th Street,
#18 Antioch,
CA 94509

Phone: 925 754 0539

 

470 Chadbourn Road,
Suite B
Fairfield, CA 94534

Phone: 707 435 817

 

Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS-IL)

 

The SCRS is an independent Living Center which loans used medical equipment at no cost to persons with disabilities in the the community.

 

The equipment loaned includes items such as –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • crutches
  • canes
  • rollators
  • portable commodes
  • transfer benches
  • sliding boards

 

To enquire call one of the office numbers below,  and ask for the AT Facilitator.

Website: https://scrs-ilc.org

Arcadia Office Address:
1165 Clark St,
Arcadia, CA 91006

Phone: 626 239 6012

Downey Office Address:
7830 Quill Drive, Ste D
Downey, CA 90242

Phone: 562 862 6531

Pasadena Office Address:
2023 Lincoln Ave,
Pasadena, CA 91103

Phone: 626 587 5010

 

Repair and Share Program RESOURCES FOR INDEPENDENCE CENTRAL VALLEY (RICV)

Repair & Share Program is both a loan and a recycle program.

The program will loan people with disabilities power wheelchairs on a temporary basis while they acquire a wheelchair of their own.

RICV is collaborating with G7 Medical Services, to fix power wheelchairs donated to the program.

To enquire about a loan of a power wheelchair, call one of the offices below.

Address:
3008 North Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93703

Phone: 559 221 2330

Website: http://ricv.org

Satellite Offices:

710 West 18th St, #11
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: 209 383 1683

N. Santa Fe Ave,
Visalia, CA 93292
Phone: 559 622 9276

 

FREED Center for Independent Living (FREED)

 

Through its Reuse Program, FREED both loans and gives equipment to people permanently.

Their program has equipment such as  –

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • crutches
  • transfer benches
  • shower chairs
  • bedside commodes
  • raised toilet seats
  • hospital beds
  • patient lifts

 

To enquire about FREED call at one of the office phone numbers below.

Grass Valley Office
Address:
435 Sutton Way,
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Phone: 530 477 3333

 

Yuba City Office

Address:
1100 Butte House Rd, Suite 120
Yuba City, CA 95991

Phone: 530 742 4474

Website: http://freed.org

 

Communities Actively Living Independent and Free (CALIF)

CALIF reassigns assistive technology devices, under the AT Reuse Capacity Building Grant, to those who can benefit from them.

The articles reassigned include items such as –

  • durable medical equipment
  • communication devices
  • vision products
  • hearing products
  • mobility products
  • assistive devices

 

To enquire give them a call at the phone number below.

Address:
634 South Spring Street, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Phone: 213 627 0477

Website: https://califilc.webs.com 

 

Able People Foundation

The Able People Foundation’s “Giving Program” will identify and give used medical equipment to people that are desperately in need.

The organization identifies low income elderly, and individuals living with physical limitations who are in need of medical equipment and who do not have the funding or insurance to cover it.

 

Items that they give include –

  • ambulatory devices: walkers
  • manual wheelchairs in good condition
  • rehab wheelchairs in good condition
  • power wheelchairs with battery charger in working condition
  • electric mobility scooters in good condition with battery charger
  • transfer benches

 

To contact the Able People Foundation, you can use the contact details below.

Address:
552A Valley Way
Milpitas, CA 95035

Phone: 408 263 8000

Website: https://ablepeoplefoundation.org

ReCares (formerly Home Cares)

ReCares is a program that collects gently used medical equipment and unused health care supplies.

The equipment is available to all, but those who need it the most will come first, such as the homeless or uninsured.

 

ReCares has –

 

  • commodes
  • crutches
  • toilet risers
  • cushions
  • blood pressure monitors
  • ice machines
  • diabetic test equipment
  • nebulizers
  • walkers
  • canes
  • adult briefs
  • shower chairs
  • tub/transfer benches
  • chux
  • and more

 

You can contact them at their website or give them a call at the numbers below.

 

The main center is at –

2619 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510 251 2273

The website situation is a bit confusing, as they still have the website called “homecares.org” and a new one called “recares.net”, although the information is the same, and the homecares.org website has the ReCares logo at the top.

Website: http://homecares.org 

or    https://recares.net        

They also have satellite offices

The alleyway of 63 Dorland St

Dorland St

San Francisco,

CA 94110

Phone: 415 487-54053100

No website

 

Marin Medical Equipment Re-cyclers

3100 Kerner Blvd

San Rafael,

Ca 94901

Phone: 415 388 8198

Website: https://marinmer.org/

 

The Marin Medical Equipment Re-cyclers site has –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • companion chairs
  • transfer benches
  • shower chairs
  • orthopedic supports
  • blood pressure machines
  • nebulizers
  • canes
  • crutches
  • commodes
  • walkers
  • grabbers
  • wedge pillows
  • therapeutic cushions

 

They also have the following medical supplies –

 

  • diapers
  • panty pads
  • bed pads
  • latex
  • vinyl gloves
  • wipes
  • and more

Note

At times, due to the pandemic the Marin location has been closed at times, so do call to find out if it is open, or not, or check on either website.

 

Convalescent Aid Society – CAS

CAS provides the free loan of wheelchairs, and other durable medical equipment, for in-home use to residents in Pasadena and its neighboring communities.

It has a large catchment area with over 18000 items available for loan, and 13000 active clients at any one time

The equipment loan is free and is available to anyone who lives in the CAS’s service area – see the map here.

There is also an application process, and you can find out about that here.

You borrow equipment such as  –

  • hospital beds
  • bed trapezes
  • quad canes
  • canes
  • crutches
  • bedside commodes
  • raised toilet seats
  • bath chairs
  • transfer benches
  • walkers
  • rollators
  • wheelchairs
  • transport chairs

 

To enquire you can phone on the phone number below or use the website.

Address:
3255 East Foothill Boulevard,
Pasadena, CA 91107

Phone: 626 793 1696

Website: https://www.convalescentaidsociety.com/

 

Community Access Center (CAC)

 

Riverside Community Access Center has an equipment reuse program with –

  • wheelchairs
  • ramps
  • rollators
  • walkers
  • hearing aids
  • hospital beds
  • suction safety grips
  • visual aids for senior low vision program

 

To enquire about equipment phone the number listed below. 

Address:
6848 Magnolia Avenue, Suite 150
Riverside, CA 92506

Phone: 951 274 0358 x103

Website: https://ilcac.org

Easter Seals Superior California

 

Easter Seals Superior CA loans durable medical equipment to people after surgery in 13 counties – Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yubasuch – the loans are indefinite and free.

 

Items they loan out include –

 

  • commodes
  • shower seats
  • crutches
  • walkers
  • wheelchairs

 

To enquire call the telephone number below.

Address:
3205 Hurley Way
Sacramento, CA 95864

Phone: 916 485 6711

Website: https://www.easterseals.com/superior-ca/

To see the locations and contacts of the other 6 sites across California you can look on their website here.

 

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC)

SVILC loans assistive technology to people with disabilities so they may try it before they buy a similar item.

To enquire you can contact them on the number below, or on their website.

Address:
25 N. 14th St. Suite 1000 (10th Floor)
San Jose, CA 95112

Phone: 408 894 9041 ext.204

Website: https://svilc.org

 

Physical Therapy For All

The majority of organization’s rehabilitation equipment is donated to nonprofit organizations in Orange County and San Diego County.

Much of this equipment is reused and passed along free of charge to people who can’t afford to buy their own.

The equipment includes items such as –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • crutches
  • canes
  • walkers
  • braces

 

Enquiries can be made at the address and phone number below, or on the website.

Address:
31022 Via Mirador
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Phone: 949 735 9955

Website: https://www.ptforall.org

Assistive Technology Loan and Reuse (ATLR)

ATEC provides loans of particular AT devices so that individuals can test them before they purchase one.

Address:
1601 E. Saint Andrew Place, Ste 105
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone: 714 361 6200, ext.0

Website: https://www.ocgoodwill.org/programs/

 

Center For Independence of Individuals with Disabilities(CID)

CID gives donated medical equipment to disabled residents of San Mateo County who are in need of the equipment.

CID gives out used durable medical equipment such as –

 

  • stairlifts
  • porch lifts
  • elevators
  • wheelchairs
  • electric wheelchairs
  • electric scooters
  • walkers
  • canes
  • crutches
  • visual aids

 

You can contact CID at their numbers below or on their website.

Address:
2001 Winward Way, Suite 103
San Mateo, CA 94402

Phone: 650 645 1780 x127

Website: https://cidsanmateo.org

Satellite Offices:
1590 El Camino Real, Suite C

San Bruno, CA 94066 •

Phone: 650 589 8994

 

Sonoma County Section on Aging

 

Sonoma County Section on Aging operates a medical equipment re-cycling program in Sonoma County, providing a variety of medical supplies and equipment to the community for free.

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers with seats
  • commodes
  • lightweight transport wheelchairs
  • shower benches and chairs

 

You need to check when you can go to get equipment, but it is usually Wednesdays 11am to 2pm – the information is on the website that I have listed below.

 

Address:

3000 Dutton Ave,

Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Phone: 707 360 2498

Website: https://www.medicalequipmentrecyclingprogram.com/

 

The Durable Medical Equipment Aid Society

 

The Durable Medical Equipment Aid Society provides used medical equipment on a loan basis to those individuals living in Los Angeles County who lack the financial resources, or insurance coverage, to access in-home DME for their rehabilitation or recovery from illness or injury. 

The equipment available includes the following items –

 

  • standard or bariatric manual wheelchairs
  • standard or bariatric transport chairs
  • front wheel walkers and rollator (seated) walkers
  • standard and bariatric commodes
  • raised toilet seats and risers
  • wheelchair ramps
  • patient lifts ie Hoyer lift type
  • bath transfer benches
  • shower/bath chairs
  • shower or bath grab bars
  • single point and quad point canes
  • bed rails
  • toilet rails
  • crutches

 

Phone: 818 298 9893
Website: http://www.thedme.org

Ability Tools Device Lending and Demo Centers program

 

Ability Tools runs a Device Lending and Demonstration Center program across California.

12 agencies are contracted throughout California to provide “short term loans” of assistive devices which can assist people to live independently – up to 30 day loans.

The Ability Tools website page for this is here.

There are Device Lending and Demonstration Centers in the cities listed below.

 

Center for Applied Rehabilitation Technology

7601 East Imperial Highway,

Downey, CA 90242

Phone: 562 401 6813

Website: https://dhs.lacounty.govrancho/

 

FREED Center for Independent Living

435 Sutton Way,

Grass Valley, CA 95945

Phone: 530 477 3333

Website: https://freed.org

 

Community Services for Independent Living (CRIL)

439 A Street,

Hayward, CA 94541

Phone: 510 881 5743

Website: https://crilhayward.org

 

Disabled Resources Center, Inc. (DRC)

2750 E Spring Street, Suite 100

Long Beach, CA 90806,

Phone: 562 427 1000

Website: https://drcinc.org

 

Resources for Independent Living (RIL)

420 I Street, Level B, Suite 3

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916 446 3074

Website: https://ril-sacremento.org

 

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC)

1000 G Street, #100

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 800 390 2699

Website: https://abilitytools.org

 

Central Coast Center for Independent Living (CCCIL)

318 Cayuga Street, Suite 208

Salinas, CA 93901

Phone: 818 757 2968 x32

Website: https://www.cccil.org

 

SDATC San Diego Assistive Technology Center (UCPSD)

8665 Gibbs Dr, # 100

San Diego, CA 92123

Phone: 858 278 5420 x120

Website: http://ucpdtechcenter.org

 

Independent Living Resorce Center San Francisco (ILRCSF)

825 Howard Street, Street Level

San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone: 415 543 6222

Website: https://www.ilrcsf.org

 

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC)

25 N. 14th Street, Suite 1000

San Jose, CA 95112

Phone: 408 894 9041

Website: https://svilc.org

 

Central Coast Assistive Tecnology Center (CCATC)

11491 Los Osos Valley Rd #202

San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Phone: 805 549 7420

Website: https://ccatc.org

 

Assistive Technology Exchnage Center (ATEC)

1221 East Dyer Rd, Suite 105

Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone: 714 361 6200

Website: https://www.ocgoodwill.org/?s=assistive+technology+center

How to use the Ability Tools Assistive Technology Exchange

 

Anyone can register on the exchange and view what equipment is –

  • available
  • under what conditions it is available
  • where it is available
  • what is available in the reuse center in their particular region

 

To do so you go to the Ability Tools website to the page link below – 

http://abilitytools.org/services/at-exchange-transition.php

You then need to click on the link that I have shown in the image below to get to the NATADS PUBLIC ACCESS DATABASE, which is where the information is hosted.

 

 

Once there you will see that there are two main sections –

  • Device Loan – view items for loan
  • Assistive Technology Reutilization

View the image below –

 

 

The Device Loan

(on the left), is –

“to let potential AT users try-out devices prior to purchase, have a backup system when their device is in for repairs and/or have access to a device while waiting for their device to be delivered.”

You can browse this section to see what is available for 5 week maximum loans without joining or logging in.

You see on the image below that there are a large number of items available.

 

 

In the image above I have the search set to all locations in California, but you can set it to your specific region and the reuse center which operates in that region.

It says on the initial database page that you can register an account and make a request for an item using the AT Exchange.

 

Assistive Technology Reutilization 

– this is the section on the right of the page as seen below.

 

 

Here you can see all the different equipment which available at the different sites for loan, sale, or for free – see the image below.

There are pretty much the same filters to streamline your search as in the Device Loan section above, and you can see what is available in your region by changing the filters.

The results will indicate if items are for open ended loan, for free or if they have a price, and which center the item is currently located at.

To make a request for equipment you need to be registered for an account with the Ability Tools AT Exchange, and you can do that on the page above.

 

Independent medical equipment reuse programs and  loan closets in California

Medical equipment loan closets in the San Diego Area

 

Cecily’s Closet – San Diego

Cecily’s closet is partnered with The UCP organization of San Diego to make equipment available to families who need it. The equipment is for children with special needs.

As equipment is donated it is posted on their facebook page, and you can see what is available there –

https://www.facebook.com/Cecilyscloset/

The text below is taken directly from the Cecily’s closet website –

“Cecily’s Closet encourages parents to make donated equipment available to families in need directly through the Cecily’s Closet website. The process is simple:

1) Send us a picture and a description of your item to info@cecilyscloset.org or post directly to the Cecily’s Closet page on Facebook.

2) Cecily’s Closet will post the item to FaceBook.

3) Once we find an interested party we ask the interested party to pick it up directly from the donor. This enables us to scale and recycle more equipment! “

Websitehttps://www.cecilyscloset.org/equipment-recycling.html

 

Medical equipment loan closets in the Los Angeles Area

 

Helping Hands Los Angeles Durable Medical Equipment Loan Closet

 

 

Website : https://www.helpinghandsla.org/how-we-help/care-coordination/medical-equipment/dme-loan-closet

Phone: 818 279 6580

A free community resource where seniors can borrow used medical equipment such as –

  • wheelchairs
  • power mobility equipment
  • crutches
  • canes walkers
  • beds
  • bathroom safety equipment

 

LA County, Orange County, Ventura County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County and San Diego County are all served by the loan closet.

 

On the website there are no listings, so you will need to give them a call to find a a loan closet near you, and to then borrow equipment.

“Depending on particular the loan closet, the equipment may be loaned out for a set period of time, for as long as the person needs it or, in some cases it may even be given away.”

The source of the text above is here –

https://www.helpinghandsla.org/how-we-help/care-coordination/medical-equipment/dme-loan-closet

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association

6167 Bristol PWKY Suite 325,

Culver City, CA 90230-6612

Phone: 310 390 6802

Website: https://www.mda.org/

This agency of the MDA loans out wheelchairs, and helps with repairs, for individuals with one of forty neuromuscular diseases.

Medical equipment loan closets in the Santa Barbara Area

 

Buellton Senior Center Loan Closet 

The loan closet is a free and lends seniors basic medical equipment

They have items such as –

 

  • crutches
  • canes
  • walkers
  • wheelchairs
  • bathroom safety equipment

 

The website is here.

Address:

Buellton Senior Center

164 West Hwy 246,

Buellton, CA 93427

Phone: 805 688 4571

 

The Wilshire Loan Closet or Riso Family Loan Closet  

The loan closet serves San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties and offers a free community resource lending medical equipment to those in need.

The items include medical devices such as –

  • crutches
  • canes
  • walkers
  • wheelchairs
  • bathroom safety equipment

The equipment is usually loaned for brief periods of time following injury or surgery.

The information on donating can be found on the website here.

 

VNA Health Loan Closet Santa Barbara 

The VNA Health Loan Closet in Santa Barbara offers free short-term loans of medical equipment.

The loan closet has smaller items of medical equipment, but not larger pieces such as hospital beds.

VNA Health Loan Closet

360 Olive St,

Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Phone: 805 690 6235

Website : https://vna.health/services/loancloset/

 

Medical equipment loan closets in the San Jose Area

 

AbleCloset 

This loan closet is for equipment for children with special needs.

They have items such as –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • standers

 

You can find out more on their website – https://ablecloset.com/

To contact AbleCloset about borrowing equipment use the email contact forms on this page of their website – https://ablecloset.com/contact/

 

Avenidas Medical Equipment Loan Closet

Previously known as the Senior Coordinating Council of Palo Alto, Avenidas has a medical equipment loan closet for those who are ill, or have an injury.

 

The loan closet has items such as –

 

  • walkers
  • shower chairs
  • canes
  • other equipment

 

The website page for the lending closet is here – https://www.avenidas.org/medical-equipment-loan-closet-now-open/

The loan closet program is part of the Health and Wellness Program.

 

Address:

450 Bryant St,

Palo Alto, CA 94301

Website: https://www.avenidas.org/

Phone: 650 289 5400

 

Medical equipment loan closets in the San Francisco Area

 

A Soldier’s Dove

A Soldier’s Dove is a nonprofit organization in the Bay area which gifts gently used medical equipment, which they sanitize, repair, to those in need – those without insurance, under-insured etc.

The type of equipment which they gift –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • bedside commodes
  • shower chairs
  • wheelchair cushions
  • canes
  • quad canes
  • other bathroom safety equipment

 

To find out if you qualify for help you can use the contact info below –

You can also email at – asoldiersdove@gmail.com

Websitehttps://www.soldiersdove.org/

Phone: 650 590 9111

 

NorCal SCI (Northern California Spinal Injury)

You will find used medical equipment which includes –

 

  • power wheelchairs (no older than 3 yrs)
  • manual wheelchairs
  • walkers

 

NorCal SCI puts donated equipment in their online gallery of free equipment, here, and also distributes it to those who have requested equipment, and are in need.

To request equipment you need to go to this page here.

You can contact NorCal SCI by email –  info@norcalsci.org .

Website: https://norcalsci.org/

Phone: 408 458 9863

 

Medical equipment loan closets in the Napa Valley Area

 

Share the Care

3205 Montclair Ave,

Napa, CA 94558

Website: http://napavalleysharethecare.com/

 

Medical equipment loan closets in the Sacramento Area

 

ALS Association Of Greater Sacramento Loan Closet

The ALS Assoc. has a loan closet in Sacramento which has equipment available to ALS patients only.

The loan closet has items such as –

 

  • walkers
  • electric wheelchairs
  • manual wheelchairs
  • voice amplification devices

 

To find out more call –

Phone: 916 979 9265

 

Parkinson’s Association Sacramento Loan Closet

The loan closet is for Parkinson’s Assoc. members only.

 

You can borrow –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • scooters
  • hospital beds
  • shower equipment

 

To find out more call –

Phone: 916 489 0026

 Lions Clubs in California

 

Lions clubs do often run community loan closets, so it is worth locating clubs inn your area and then asking if any of them have loan closets.

To locate a Lions club you will need to use their locator tool which you will find here.

You will come to the page in the image below.
 

Step 1

Type in the zip code, or city name and state, where you want to find Lions clubs, as I have done in the image below, select one of the areas in that zip code from the dropdown list, and you will then hit the “Search” button.

 

Step 2

The results will come up, and you will have the choice of either the a map view, or a list view.

If you choose the map view it will look like the image below.

 

Map View Step 1

The blue icons may be circular and have a number which indicates how may clubs there are in that area, so you need to keep zooming in on the map (using the “+” or “-” buttons in the bottom right hand corner of the map) , until the icons in the area you want separate out into non-circular blue pointer icons without numbers, indicating one club at the location, as in the images below.

If you are not looking in a large city you will probably just get the pointy icons straight away.

 

Map View Step 2

Click on the icon at the location that interests you and you will see an image like the one below with some club details.

 

Map View Step 3

 

If you click on “Lions Club” at the top of the club graphic, or on the word “View” on the bottom left of the graphic, you will  come to this page below.

And then you will need to click on “contact club”  on the right hand side of  the graphic.

You can then send them a message in the form which comes up.

There is no telephone number, it is all done by email.

 

 

If you did not click on the word “View” but instead on the word “Contact” on the graphic,

 

 

you will open an email contact form, as in the image below.

 

 

List View Step 1

If you choose to use List View instead, of  Map View, to locate a club you will see the page open the list of clubs as in the image below.

Just scroll through the list of clubs until you find what you are looking for.

By the way, the list view does throw up some very odd results – I kept getting three pages of results from Sri Lanka in the middle of my clubs in Manhattan !

 

 

List View Step 2

When you find the location and a club that you want to contact, you have the three choices to get to the club info as before –

 

  • click on the title at the top 
  • click on View
  • click on Contact

 

as in the image below, and you will get the same club pages and contact form as I indicated above.

 

Rotary Clubs in California

 

Rotary Clubs do lots of charitable work, and may run loan closets of gently used medical equipment in their local community.

If you want to see if there are any in your area I would suggest you find a local club and then ask if they know of any Rotary Clubs with loan closets in your area.

To find a club near you is simple enough.

Here’s how you do it –

 

Step 1/

Use the link below to be taken to the Rotary Club locator tool – 

https://my.rotary.org/en/club-search?only_rotaract=1

 

You will come to the following page.

 

 

Step 2/

In the fields on the locator tool enter –

 

  1. The location – I entered California, but you can enter a city as well
  2. For the Club Type – Select “Rotary Club”

As I did below.

 

Step 3/

next you click on the blue “search button” and a list of all the Rotary Clubs in the area you entered will appear on the right of the search tool, as below.

 

Step/ 4

You can click on the club names in blue, which I have indicated in the image below with red arrows.

 

 

Once you have clicked on the search result a page will open, you can see the example below, with all the contacts, locations etc for the particular Rotary Club, and you can just give a call to find out if they know of any clubs which have community loan closets with used medical equipment near to you.

 

 

How to find smaller medical equipment loan closets near me in California ?

 

If you are having trouble finding medical loan closets near to you, you can contact the following agencies or groups to get further informations –

 

  • your County office on Aging
  • your local Area Agency on Aging
  • local Senior Centers
  • local churches and faith groups

 

Both your County office on Aging and your local Area Agency on Aging should be appraised of local loan closets, and if they are not, they should at least know someone who will be.

A lot of senior centers also run do loan closets as do churches and faith groups, so they are also well worth talking to.

How to get Free Used Medical Equipment on FreeCycle.org

 

Freecycle.org is

“The Freecycle Network (TFN, or Freecycle) is a private, nonprofit organization registered in Arizona …. TFN coordinates a worldwide network of “gifting” groups to divert reusable goods from landfills.”

I took this directly from Wikepedia.org, as it says it all.

 

You can –

  • visit the sight to see what is available in your area
  • pick a group in your area
  • request to join the group
  • become a member
  • see if they have any free used medical equipment you are looking for
  • if they don’t that is okay, you can post a request of “wanted” equipment.

 

You can join as many groups as will approve you as a member, and put up “wanted” posts for the used medical equipment, as you need.

 

Option 1

To start you need to go to the website to find groups etc in your area, so use the link here –

https://www.freecycle.org/find-towns

Before you enter your town or city, and state, you can enter a search for any item you are looking for, in the search field at the top of the page, to see what is available in your area before you join. I have indicated that below.

 

 

This will give you a list of results with both the names of the items and the town groups they are being offered by.

 

 

You will then see that you can click either on –

 

  • the name of the item – this will open a window with a photo etc

or

  • you can click on the name of the town where the group is, which will bring you to the page below, with the list of with images of what is available in that group, and also a bunch of navigation buttons for surrounding towns

 

The reason to click on the town name tab is that you can see the quality of all the items in that group, and also check other groups near them very quickly.

Take a look at the image below.

 

 

If you want an object you see, you will have to join that group, and also register on Freecycle.

After you have clicked on the item title, you will get the information about it, and who is offering it.

You will see the “Become a member” tab (that is for the group), but as you are not a member yet, you will also see a large green “sign up with email” button, which you will click on to register with Freecycle.

 

 

You can join either with your email, or through a facebook account, if you have one.

Once you have signed up, you should see that your group membership is pending approval – you just have to wait to be approved, the length of the delay will depend on the group admins.

Don’t forget that once you have signed up to Freecycle, you can join all the groups that you want, and post requests for wanted equipment with all of them.

 

Option 2

If you want to just go ahead and join groups in your area without browsing what they have, you can simply either type in the name of the town where you want to join groups in the “Find a Town” input area, or click on the map view and choose a town which has a group.

 

 

In both the “list view” and the “map view”, once you have found the group in your area that you want to join, you have to click on the big green “join” button.

You will then be asked to either –

 

  • login, if you are a member already of Freecycle

or to

  • sign up if you are not a member

 

 

As soon as you have  “signed up”, you will see that your membership of the group that you selected is pending approval.

Once your membership of the group has been approved you can contact the person with the item that you wanted, or post a “wanted” post for the item you are looking for.

Members can post what they are offering and also can put up posts for what the want.

As I said earlier you can join as many of the groups as you wish – they just have to approve your request.

 

Buy used medical equipment in California

 

I have already listed the AT Exchange where as well as borrowing you can buy and find used medical equipment which is free.

Other sources for buying used medical equipment in physical stores are –

 

  • medical supply stores
  • thrift stores
  • Goodwill stores
  • Salvation Army stores

 

Online listings where you can buy used medical equipment include –

 

  • Ebay
  • Craigslist
  • Used Home Medical Equipment
  • Facebook Sellers Groups

Stores selling used medical equipment in the San Diego area –

Chula Vista, El Cajon, Hillcrest, Imperial Beach, Oceanside, Spring Valley and San Diego

 

Amvets Thrift Stores

Amvets Department of California Service Foundation has a couple of nonprofit thrift stores in the San Diego area with used medical equipment.

The facebook page has shown the following items for sale in the store –

  • adjustable/hospital bed
  • bedside commode
  • rollators
  • walkers
  • patient lift

Here is their facebook page –

https://www.facebook.com/TeamAmvetsHilltop/

Address: 

Amvets Thrift Store

999 Cardiff St,

San Diego, CA 92114

Phone: 619 651 1650

 

Team Amvets Thrift Store

3441 Sutherland St #2031,

San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: 619 297 4213

 

DAV Thrift Stores

D.A.V.  is a nonprofit charitable organization which runs 4 thrift stores in the San Diego Area raising money from the sale of the donated goods they collect, and using it to help support disabled American veterans through a variety of programs.

They sell gently used-

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • shower chairs
  • commodes
  • hospital beds
  • canes
  • transport bench
  • crutches

Website: https://www.davveteransthriftstores.com/

You can call them at 800 894 2486

 

You can find used medical equipment at the following 4 stores –

Spring Valley

1049 Elkelton Blvd,

Spring Valley, CA 91977

 

Chula Vista

L Street & Broadway E of I-5 881 Broadway,

Chula Vista, CA 91911

 

El Cajon

1130 E Main St,

El Cajon, CA 92021

 

Oceanside

Cassidy Street West of I-5 1624,

South Coast Hwy,

Oceanside, CA 92054

Desert Industries Thrift Store

You can buy used medical equipment which is gently used and clean here –

Address:

1773 Broadway,

Chula Vista, CA 991911

Phone: 619 423 2317

 

Eric’s Medical Supply

5251 Linda Vista Rd,

San Diego, CA 92110

https://www.ericsmedicalsupply.com

 

Erics has amongst other things –

  • hospital beds
  • lift chairs
  • wheelchairs
  • scooters
  • power chairs
  • walkers and rollators
  • crutches
  • canes
  • bathroom safety products
  • orthopedics

 

Father Joes’s Villages

Father Joe’s Villages sells donated equipment and uses the proceeds to support a variety of programs.

Father Joe’s Villages has 3 stores/donation centers and a daily auction/donation center in the San Diego area –

Daily Auctions and donation center –

815 33rd St,

San Diego, CA 92102

 

Imperial Beach –

Thrift Store and Donation Center

1555 Palm Ave, Suite F

San Diego, CA 92154

 

El Cajon –

Thrift Store and Donation Center

2325 Fletcher Parkway,

El Cajon, CA 92020

 

Hillcrest –

Thrift Store and Donation Center

1457 University Ave,

San Diego, CA 92103

 

Website: https://my.neighbor.org/take-action/donate-goods/

Harmony Home Medical

7640 Clairemont Mesa Blvd,

San Diego, CA 92111

https://harmonyhomemedical.com/pages/used-medical-equipment-san-diego

Sells used –

  • wheelchairs
  • power chairs
  • hospital beds
  • walkers

 

Hospital Direct Medical

4901 Morena Blvd. #600

San Diego, CA 92117

http://hospitaldirectmedical.com

Hospital Direct Medical refurbishes a lot of medical equipment that you would not be using in the home, but it does refurbish fully electric adjustable beds.

 

Mission Outreach Thrift Store

You can buy used medical equipment which is gently used and clean, including items such as –

  • canes
  • crutches
  • walkers

 

Address:

3186 Adams Ave,

San Diego, CA 92116

Phone: 619 528 0026

 

Stores selling used medical equipment in the Long Beach area

 

Johns Shop-Rite Pharmacy and Medical Supply

4333 South St,

Lakewood, CA 90712

https://www.shopriterx.com/

 

Amvets Thrift Store

There is one Amvets nonprofit thrift store in Long Beach, one in Fresno and two more in the San Diego area.

 

The store sells used home medical equipment including –

  • adjustable/hospital bed
  • bedside commode
  • rollators
  • walkers
  • patient lift

Address:

33315 E South St,

Long Beach, CA 90805

Phone: 562 272 7300

Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/Teamamvetslongbeach/

Stores selling used medical equipment in the Los Angeles area 

 

Desert Industries Thrift Stores

You can buy used home medical equipment which is gently used.

 

Addresses:

1197 Calimesa Blvd,

Calimesa, CA 92320

Phone: 909 795 0670

 

16593 Valley Blvd,

Fontana, CA 92335

Phone: 909 854 3946

 

2720 E 11th St

Los Angeles, CA 90023

Phone: 323 268 7281

 

Angelus Medical and Optical

13007 S Western Ave.

Gardena, CA90249

https://angelusmedical.com/product-category/medical-equipment/care-giving-furniture-and-equipment/

 

Assistance League Conejo Valley Thrift Store

2853 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.,

Thousand Oaks, CA 90032

Phone: 323 2271808

 

All kinds of gently used equipment are sold, you may find medical equipment – you can always give a call and check to see if they have what you are looking for.

Website: https://www.assistanceleague.org/conejo-valley/donate/thrift-shop/

 

Home Health Depot

2059 Pacific Coast Highway,

Lomita, CA 90717

http://stores.hhd1.com/used/

 

Open Box Medical Supply Company

10725 San Fernando Rd

Pacoima, CA 91331

Website: https://www.openboxmedical.com/

 

Son Of A Vet Thrift Shop

3310 N Eastern Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90032

Phone: 323 2271808

* I found very few thrift stores in LA which sell used home medical equipment, but as there was no website for the shop I took a through their photographs on Instagram, and there was used home medical equipment such as bedside commodes and walkers. I would give them a call if you are looking for something specific.

 

The Durable Medical Equipment Aid Society

There is no physical office.

Website: http://www.thedme.org/equipment-for-sale

Wishing Well Medical

2314 Santa Monica Blvd

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Website: https://www.wishingwellmedicalsupply.com/used-medical-equipment-los-angeles/

 

West Coast Medical

9728 Lurline Ave

Chatsworth, CA 91331

Website: https://www.wcmequipment.com

Stores selling used medical equipment in the Santa Barbara area

 

Buellton Senior Center Thrift Store 

The Buellton Senior Center Thrift Store sells some used medical equipment.

Address:

Buellton Senior Thrift Store

56 West Hwy 246,

Buellton, CA 93427

Phone: 805 688 5073

(The store is located on the corner of Hwy 246 and Central Ave.)

Websitehttps://buelltonseniorcenter.org/thrift-store/

All proceeds from the store go to supporting the Meals on Wheels program. 

Destined For Grace Thrift Store

Give the store a call if you are looking for used medical equipment.

The store does not list any particular items on their site, just items they do not take, and medical equipment is not on the list, so it should be okay.

Thrift store website here.

Address:

Destined For Grace Thrift Store

596o Hollister Ave

Goleta, CA 93117

Phone: 805 619 0649

(The store is located on the corner of Hwy 246 and Central Ave.)

 

Stores selling used medical equipment in the San Luis Obispo area

 

North County Christian Thrift Store

On their facebook page they say that they take donations of almost anything, so they should be selling used some home medical equipment.

You can always give them a call to see if they have what you are looking for.

Address:

9330 El Camino Real

Atascadero, 93422

Phone: 805 466 1679

Website: https://www.facebook.com/NorthCountyChristianThriftShop/ 

Wilshire Hospice Hope Chest Thrift Store

445 Higuera St,

San Luis Obispo

Phone: 805 545 5955

Website: https://www.wilshirehcs.org/thrift-store/ 

 

Stores selling used medical equipment in the California Central Valley area

 

Amvets Thrift Store

Amvets sell all kinds of stuff including gently used home medical equipment.

Address:

4125 E Shields Ave,

Fresno, CA93726

Phone: 559 222 2128

Community Hospice Hope Chest Thrift Stores

In the Central Valley there are 7 Community Hospice Hope Chest Thrift Stores which say that they sell all kinds of items.

The main website for Community Hospice Hope Chest Thrift Stores is –

https://hopechestthrift.org

The locations of the stores are –

 

Ceres

1791 Mitchell Road,

Ceres, CA 95307

Phone: 209 538 5930

 

Manteca

208 South Main St,

Manteca, CA 95336

Phone: 209 824 5638

 

Central Modesto

1241 McHenry Ave,

Modesto, CA 93530

Phone: 209 574 9475

 

North Modesto

4143 McHenry Ave,

Modesto, CA 95356

Phone: 209 529 3078

 

Oakdale

870 N. Yosemite Ave,

Oakdale, CA 95361

Phone: 209 848 0844

 

Stockton

6112 Pacific Ave

Stockton, CA 95207

Phone: 209 507 7777

 

Turlock

2745 Geer Rd

Turlock, CA 95382

Phone: 209 410 7071

Stores selling used medical equipment in the San Jose area

 

Bradford Medical Supply

999 Lakeshire Ct,

San Jose, CA 95126

http://www.bradfordmedicalsupply.com/home.aspx

 

Stores selling used medical equipment in the San Francisco Area and East Bay Area

 

Homecare medical equipment

3820 Bodega Ave,

Petaluma, CA 94952

Phone: 707 364 0305

 

Previously known as “Max’s Home Care” it is run by the 7-11 Lions Club.

Petaluma is north of the Bay area, 39 miles from San Francisco on the US-101.

Reviews say that Homecare Medical Equipment sells new and used medical equipment at very low prices.

The types of medical equipment available includes –

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • beds
  • grabbers
  • gait belts

 

Society Of St. Vincent De Paul

Has 3 thrift stores  in the San Fransisco area where you will find the following used medical equipment for sale –

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • canes
  • quad canes

Websitehttps://svdpsm.org/

 

South San Fransisco

344 Grand Ave

South San Francisco, CA 94080

Phone: 650 589 8445

 

San Mateo

40 North B St,

San Mateo, CA94401

Phone: 650 294 8912

 

Menlo Park

728A Willow Rd,

Menlo Park, CA 94025

 

Society Of St. Vincent De Paul

Has 3 thrift stores, listed below, in the East Bay area in Contra Costa County where you will find the following used medical equipment for sale –

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • canes
  • quad canes

 

Pittsburg

2210 Gladstone Drive,

Pittsburg, CA 

Phone: 925 439 9064 

 

Brentwood Help and Hope thrift Center

8890 Brentwood Blvd,

Brentwood, CA 94513

Phone: 925 635 3214

 

Pleasant Hill

2815 Contra Costas Blvd,

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Phone: 925 934 5063

 

Stores selling used medical equipment in the Sacramento area

 

Desert Industries Thrift Store

You can buy some gently used medical equipment which is in working order.

Address:

3000 Auburn Blvd, Suite B

Sacramento, CA 95821

Phone: 916 482 1480

Website: https://www.1usedmedicalequipment.com/

 

Upscale Thrift 

You can buy some gently used medical equipment which is in working order, such as –

  • canes
  • walkers
  • wheelchairs

Address:

2590 21st St

Sacramento, CA 95818

Phone: 916 272 2820

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UpscaleThrift2590/

 

1 Used Medical Equipment

1985 Friendship Drive #F

El Cajon, CA 92020

Website: https://www.1usedmedicalequipment.com/

Goodwill stores selling used medical equipment in California

 

Do note that not all Goodwill stores sell used medical equipment, but many do.

You can use the appropriate link below to a store locator for your area, and then contact the stores near you.

 

Goodwill donation stores locations in Southern California

If you live in Souther California the Goodwill Southern California Organization website locator can be used to find a store in your area, which you will find here –

https://www.goodwillsocal.org/donation-center-locator/

 

Goodwill donation stores locations in Silicon Valley

Goodwill operates 18 stores in Santa Clara County and surrounding areas.
You can locate a site near you using their locator here –

https://goodwillsv.org/store-locations/

 

Goodwill store locations in the San Francisco area

On the website at the page below there is a list of Goodwill stores in the San francisco area (there is no locator tool this time)-

https://sfgoodwill.org/find-a-store/

 

Goodwill store locations in Northern California

Goodwill has 37 stores in the Sacramento area.

You can either scroll through the list on the page on the link below, or enter your address or zip code and it will pull up the store nearest to you –
https://www.goodwillsacto.org/all-locations/

 

Salvation Army stores also sell used medical equipment in California

 

The Salvation Army accepts donations of all kinds of durable medical equipment, so you will be able to buy used medical equipment in most their thrift stores.

To find a Salvation Army thrift store near you go to the website page below –

https://satruck.org/familystore

Buying used medical equipment online near me in California

 

On Craigslist, Used Home Medical Equipment (usedHME.com), and ebay classified listings you can buy used medical equipment in your area – you can make the search area as small or as large as you would like.

On Facebook there are selling groups where you find both items for sale and slo free items.

You can also find free equipment which people are donating !!!!

Used medical equipment for sale, or free, near me on Craigslist.

All you need to do is to type into your browser window “craigslist + your local city or county”, and as you can see below, when I typed in San Diego after Craigslist, I got Craigslist for San Diego.

 

You will arrive here when you click on the search result in your browser for “Craigslist San Diego”.

 

 

Now all you need to do is click on the “for sale” header in center of the window and you will get a similar page to the one below.

I didn’t pick a category in the for sale section, as there isn’t one for medical equipment.

If you click on the title “for sale”, as I said, you will be able to type the name of equipment that you are looking for, into the search field on the new page which opens.

Take a look below where I have indicate the search field where I typed in “walker”.

 

You will then get any results for the type of equipment you are searching for – I got around 50 results from all over San Diego for walkers.

All you have to do, once you find the item that you are looking for at the right price, is to contact the seller and arrange to make the pick up and pay for the item – you cannot pay online.

To Get Free used medical equipment on Craigslist

You start out exactly the same way as when you wish to buy an item, and you even look to the For Sale section where you will see on the category list in between “Farm and Garden” and “Furniture”, “free” – just as you see it circled below.

 

 

Once you have clicked on “free” you will go to a page populated with all the listings for free stuff in your area.

 

 

To refine the search down to the item you are looking for, just enter the type of equipment into the search field which I have circled in the image below.

 

 

For this example I entered “bedside commode” into the search field.

 

 

Once you have a result you want to look at , simply click on it, and it should open up as in the image below, and if you are lucky there will be a few photos – as in the next image below.

 

 

If you like what you see, and you want to contact the seller, just click on the “Reply” button which is top left above the title of the listing.

After you have clicked on it, there will be a couple of “Captcha” tests to prove you are not a robot, and then you will get the name of the person offering the item and their contact details.

Finding garage sales for used medical equipment near me, on Craigslist

 

You may have noticed that Craigslist also has a Garage Sale category of listing.

It will show you all the local garage/yard sales in your area.

As with the previous searches, you do a search in your local area (again I did craigslist san diego) and under the “for sale” section in the categories of items you will see “Garage Sales” between “furniture” and “general” – see below.

Once you have clicked on “garage sale” you will come to those listings, and it is simply the garage sales in your area on that day. 

With these listings people usually post quite a few photos of what they are selling, and if you go through these you are able to see if they have anything that you are looking for.

The time and location of the garage/yard sales are also listed on the same page as all the photos – see below.

All you have to do is to go along if you see something you want.

Yard Sale Treasure Map

This is an app which pulls up all the Craigslist garage sales on a map to make it easier for you to navigate all the sales in your area on a given day.

There is a free version and a paid version.

Used medical equipment for sale or free, near me on usedHME.com

 

Used Home Medical Equipment is a “free listing service where people can, buy sell or donate.”

The service is free and works by zip code, so that you can find offers from people local to you.

There is a lot of equipment a lot of which is free.

 

To get started go to the website here –

http://usedhme.com

 

Select the primary menu navigation button – ” Find Purchase Equipment”

 

 

This takes you to the page below where you will choose a category of used medical equipment and click on that – as you see below.

 

 

After you have selected a category you will be taken to a page where you need to enter your zip code, and also the distance you are willing to travel from your zip code to get your item – i.e. the size of your search area. 

You can see that page below.

 

 

Once you have entered your zip code and the area of the search, you will get a page of listings with all the items, the price and the owners’ locations – town and state – and their phone numbers.

Many of the items are free, and there is a lot of equipment there.

You can pick who you want to contact and take it from there – the website does not act as a go between it works like a newspaper listing.

Buying used medical equipment near me in California on Facebook

 

If you have a Facebook account, you have the possibility of joining Buying and Selling Groups, and also using the Facebook Marketplace.

You can find all kinds of categories of items which are sold in the groups and on the Marketplace. (do note that if you do not have a Facebook account it may take several months before you are alllowed access to the Marketplace).

 

To find selling groups you need to –

 

1. Sign into Facebook

2. Click on the group icon in the main Navigation Menu at the top of the page, or in the left hand sidebar menu – it’s the same result

 

 

3 .Now look for the “Discover” menu tab in the sidebar menu and click on that – you can see it below

 

 

This is going to take you to a page like the one below full of groups in your area.

 

 

4. You now want to look for the categories carousel which I have shown below, and click on buy and sell.

 

 

This will take you to a page full of different groups of people buying and selling on facebook in your area.

 

5. Take a look at the different groups and join as many as you want – the more you join the greater your chance of finding used medical items for sale.

You will have to wait for the groups to approve your memberships.

6. Once you are a member of a group you can look on the group timeline and see what items are available.

7. To see what is available in an individual group, click on the groups icon in the Facebook main menu, and then select the group from the list of groups you have joined which is located in the lefthand sidebar menu of the groups page. You can see that in the image on the left below.

8. Click on a group in the list, and you will load its timeline, and that will appear as in the image on the right below, a list of items, photos on the left, and the details of the listing on the right,.

9. If you find an item that you want to purchase, you can either click on the photograph, or on the name of the person who has posted the listing, either way you will see a tab to click on so that you can send a message to the person selling the item.

 

How to find used medical equipment on the Facebook Marketplace

 
If you do have access to the fFacebook Marketplace, you cab get to it by clicking on the lefthand sidebar menu tab on the homepage – image below on the left – or by clicking on the icon in the primary menu on any Facebook page – as in the image below on the right.
 

 

The Marketplace will load a page full of items from listings people have posted in your area.

These are listings which are made independently of Buying and Selling Groups, but if you are in groups, you can also access those from the Marketplace as well.

 

 

You will see filters in the lefthand sidebar of the Marketplace page (as above), and the most interesting to us are

 

  • sales within a certain distance (goes up to 500 km) – this is to set the area within which Facebook will give you results
  • buy and sell groups- these are the groups you are in for buying and selling
  • and….

 

You will also notice a category for “free stuff”, and if you click on that you will get a lot of listings of items which say they are free at first, but when you click on a lot of them they are actually for sale, but some at least are free.

“Free stuff” is a bit of a racket, as I just counted that 20 out of first 40 items displayed were items for sale, but you never know, you may find a something you are looking for.

The Buy and Sell groups setting will allow you to see the results for all your groups on one screen, and means you don’t have to go look through each one individually. It will list bith items which are free and those for sale.

If you find something you are interested in, you simply click on it and then contact the person who made the posting using the message tab.

Buying used medical equipment near me on ebay

 

Ebay is another place where you can find a lot of used medical equipment; the trick is to find it near to you.

You don’t want to be paying shipping charges, as they are often almost as much as your used item, so when you set ebay to find items that are being sold near to you, you can just arrange to pick them up.

Very often the seller will list items as a free pickup, but even if they are listed as being shipped, don’t be put off, if you are polite there is usually a way to arrange a pick up, and hence why you are searching locally.

So here’s how to search for items near to you on ebay, and to start with you can just look without being signed in.

Step 1

Go to ebay.com, you can do that here.

You will come to the homepage with the search bar at the top as it is below.

 

 

Step 2

Click on the Advanced search tab – it is to the right of the blue search button, as you see it in the image below.

 

 

 

Step 3

This opens a new page where you can customize your search.

Fill in the following boxes as I do – you can check it all in the image below. For the example I am searching for hospital beds, you substitute that with the name of the item you are looking for.

 

  1. enter “your item” in the first search field , and leave the field below set to “All Categories
  2. go to the section labelled Condition and select “Used”
  3. got to the section labelled Location and select “Located” – Enter (a) the distance from your home within which ebay will search for items, and remember this is for a local search so you can arrange a pickup, and then enter (b) your Zip Code in the box on the right
  4. Go to the bottom of the page and hit the “Search” button

 

 

The image below shows the results of my search for all used hospital beds which are for sale within 75 miles, ranging in price from $137.75 to $12,000.00.

You will see that the majority say “Pickup only: Free.”

The point of doing a search which was restricted to areas nearby, was to be able to go pick up the items, rather than spending money on shipping.

 

 

To the right of the listings you will see that there are search filters with which you can further refine your search.

 

 

You will notice that one of the filters allows you to further adjust change the distance from your Zip Code within which ebay will search for your item. 

You change both the distance and the Zip Code, and then click on the grey icon, as indictae below.

 

 

If one of the listings catches your eye and you wish to take a further look, just hover over the photograph and click on it.

This will bring up the page as shown below, with the seller and more information about payment etc.

 

 

If the item you are interested in is not marked for “pickup”, but close enough for you to pick it up, you can always contact the “seller” – see the image below – and ask if you may actually pick it, up rather than having them ship it.

 

To contact a “seller” you will need to have an ebay account and to be signed in, so when you click on “Contact seller” if you are not signed in you will get the page below which asks you to “sign in” or to “create an account”.

With cheaper items, such as raised toilet seats or bedside commodes, paying for shipping is very often as expensive as the item itself, and in these cases I just search within a few miles of my location and then contact the seller, if they are adding shipping, and see if I can’t just go and pick  it up. If you are polite they can only say no !

 

One last point, and this goes for all of the items on the online listings, there is no guarantee that the items are safe, and you are buying these used items at your own risk.

If you buy used medical equipment from a reuse center which has refurbished your item, you know that this has been done within certain guidelines, and that it has been sanitized and checked for safety.

A reuse center will tell you if they have refurbished and checked out a piece of equipment, or if they are simply passing it on “as is” and cannot be held responsible if you have an accident with it.

But you do need to check this with whom ever you buy any used medical equipment from, and the online platforms for listings all say that they can accept no responsibility, or liability, when you enter into a contract with a seller on their platform.

I’m Gareth and I’m the owner of Looking After Mom and Dad.com

I have been a caregiver for over 10 yrs and share all my tips here.

Gareth Williams

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