Where to donate furniture

Written by diane szulecki | 13/05/2017
Where to donate furniture
Your old furniture can have a useful second life. (Diane Szulecki)

When you're ready to part with a piece of furniture, you'll probably want to get rid of it as soon as possible to clear space for something new. It can be tempting to move your old furniture out to the curb, but donating it is a better choice. Donating your used furniture can be helpful to other people as well as the environment. Donating keeps it out of landfills and puts it into the home of someone who will appreciate it. Here are some donation options to consider.

Use the "Find a Furniture Bank" feature on the Help1Up website (see Resources) to find an organisation in your area that will accept your donation. Most furniture banks will pick up your items from your home at no cost. They will also give you a receipt for use on your taxes.

Contact charities with stores such as Goodwill or Salvation Army. Ask if they accept furniture donations. If you don't have any charity-run stores within driving distance, see if you can donate to a thrift store.

Go to the Reuse Development Organization's website (see Resources). Go to the "Find a Reuse Center" page and see if your state is listed. ReDo provides the contact information of organisations in your state that accept furniture donations. They also tell you which ones are non-profit organisations.

Call homeless shelters, women's shelters, religious establishments, or any place that helps people in need. They may not be seeking furniture, but you never know what might become appealing to them if they can have it free of charge.

Visit Freecycle (see Resources), which gives you the opportunity to list items you'd like to give away free of charge. Freecycle is made up of regional groups. If there's one in your area, you can sign up and list your furniture for members of your community to see.

Match specific kinds of furniture with a location that could benefit from it. For example, if you have office furniture like a desk chair, contact a local school and see if it could be of any use. Cribs and changing tables could possibly be donated to a women's shelter or a day care centre.

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