Good Questions: Good Give Away Resources?

Good Questions: Good Give Away Resources?

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 5, 2006

Hello AT,

I know this may be sacrilegious considering the site, but do you know of any charities that take furniture?

I tried the Salvation Army but my experience was beyond painful. Any others? Sometimes you just don't want to bother with selling it, but don't want to just put it on the sidewalk.

Any suggestions? Daniel

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Dear Daniel,

Sacriligious? Absolutely not! Recycling of good furniture is part of what we're all about. Making more out or less! Sharing the wealth! One man's cast off is another man's gold!

But getting charities to pick up your furniture can be tricky because they are 1. inundated with requests and 2. much of the furniture that people want to give away is not worth their picking up (see Apartment Therapy on a Low Carb Furniture Diet).

Charities are very strict about picking up furniture and will usually only take pieces which are solid wood and not press board and where there are enough pieces to warrant a stop.

That said, here are are top resources:

- Giving to other people in your building - Doormen are the best way of finding new homes for old furniture. They know everyone.
- Have your own stoop sale. We do this twice a year and charge pennies just to get things into other people's hands.
- Housing Works is the best at picking up.
- Goodwill
- Hey, on a sunny day, the street isn't a bad place and many things will be claimed within minutes

Anyone else??

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