Freecycle. There are plenty of people out there who love doing this kind of thing, and will be totally willing to make a profit off your old belongings. Advertising is a better option than leaving something out at the curb, since curbside leftovers will likely head to the landfill. 3. Find a way to recycle the materials If you think whatever you have is beyond repair, figure out where you can take the materials to be recycled. This is definitely not as good an option as actually fixing it up, but it's way better than throwing it in a dumpster. After you take the furniture apart, you might be able to use the wood, fabric, stuffing (or whatever else is involved) in new craft projects. Otherwise, try giving materials to someone else:
- Earth 911 can help you find a wood recycler in your area.
- Smartwood lists companies that use reclaimed wood in their products, and you may be able to donate to them directly.
- Local schools might be interested in materials for art supplies.
- Salvage yards like Urban Ore in Berkeley take materials for reuse.