I have lots of trophies, most of them from bowling. Where can I dispose them?
JoAnn from Minnesota
Try your local YMCA or Park and Recreation. They may be able to reuse the trophy or maybe your local engraving shop could tell you where to donate them. (05/26/2008)
We donated our Bowling trophies to the junior bowling league. (05/27/2008)
Call your local County Extension office. As a 4-H Leader and member and officer of several rabbit clubs, we love donated trophies! Plates are easily removed and new ones added onto the recycled trophy. Another idea, post on your local freecycle ( www.freecycle.org ) someone on their might be able to point you to a specific group or organization in your area that needs them! (05/27/2008)
Try your local elementary school or high school. We reuse curling trophies for our school bonspiels. also some places do as has been mentioned, they swap out the top of the trophy to match the activity they are doing.
We live in a small town and my mom runs an activity afternoon for kids at the summer sports day. She uses donated trophies for her races, sunflower spit event, ball throw, etc. (05/27/2008)
By Louise B.
All neat ideas. If you hate to part with them but have to. Take pictures of them for your brag book. Here you can keep them and show them off to your grandkids. Add news write-ups and you have a family history book. Now you can donate them to someone to enjoy or craft with. (05/28/2008)
By Cariboo Lady.
I read somewhere that you can take the inters out and make a lamp out of them. Someone did this for the son from one of dads' trophies. Cool idea I think. (05/28/2008)
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I am looking for ideas on recycled trophies. One was for lamps and the other for special Olympics. Could you let me know any more?
this just came in the email today :
recycling old trophies into cake toppers !
Re purposed Trophy Birthday Cake Topper
I love the whimsical feel of this trophy once it's coated in fresh paint and surrounded with fun birthday cake topper bits. Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko created the project using a thrift store find and some basic cake decorating items.
I wouldn't recommend dropping your old trophies off with a non-profit as they need to be cleaned up (most arrive in bad shape) re-engraved and new trim and dates added.
Organizations do not own laser engravers or have the tools and expertise to re-create them. If you drop them off with a charity it could burden them with storage issues.
For over 20 years Total Awards has accepted these treasured awards and recycled the parts and re-engraved and donated them to non-profits.
Where: Total Awards & Promotions
7475 Mineral Point Rd. Madison, WI 53717
Donate old trophies to www.lambawards.com/
Just to add to some of the other comments, we get this question quite a lot from our customers. We are planning on adding a page to our site at some point with some advice, but in general we suggest the following -
Donate them to charity award dinners/evenings
Donate to local sports teams where funds are tight
Donate to local Student sports teams, again where funds are tight
Hope that helps a bit!
Old trophies can be recycled by using the tops (the people, balls, etc) as a coat rack in a child's room by attaching the tops to a piece of wood as the hangers. The marble can be reused in the garden to separate flower beds, if you lay then on their side it gives a sawtooth effect much like bricks on their sides. Hope this gives you some ideas!
You can recycle those old, unwanted, dusty trophies cluttering up your closet. This is a page about recycling old trophies.
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