I make up a new wish list every year and include a variety of items I need for my classroom - some free (we always need plastic grocery bags, for example, and I've asked for old magazines, too), some "used is okay" stuff people may pick up at garage sales (like supplies for our cooking lessons), some basic school supplies our school does not supply us (like construction paper and tempra paints), and some specialty stuff or relatively larger-ticket items (such as games, books on CD, or specialized scissors - anything specialized I provide a website). I always provide a description of the item, or why it will be used in my classroom - just a brief, one-sentence descriptor.
I love this resource. It's super-easy and fast, and it gets results! It's up to you to publicize your wish list (most people don't know to search for you on this particular website), so it will be as effective as you can make it...Definitely still keep using Donors Choose for your big-ticket stuff, but this is great for smaller "incidentals" or supplies...and there's the bonus of knowing many of the donors and getting to thank them in person! With "Back to School" on most of our minds already, I thought this was a good time to share about this great website.
On another note, Amy over at The Resource(ful) Room is turning one in bloggy years! Help her celebrate her bloggiversary by stopping by and entering her amazing giveaway!