There are plenty of reasons why you might be getting rid of some furniture, but have you stopped to think what happens after? Rather than taking it to the skip, or getting a bit of extra cash from selling it yourself, why not donate your furniture to charity? It's often much easier than you might think!
Why Donate Furniture To Charity?
Whether you're renovating your home, freshening up a room, replacing something you've had for years, or perhaps organising the things of a friend or family member who's passed away, you may find yourself with unwanted furniture. You may not need it, but someone else might be able to get years of use out of it.
You can donate furniture to charity even if you think it may be past its best, as you may not be the best judge of its potential. Whether something can be repaired, upscaled, or simply isn't as bad as you think - your old furniture could help a hard-working charity generate some much-needed funds.
Donating furniture to charity is a great way to help a good cause, but it could even benefit you too. Many charities will come and collect furniture from you, so you don't have to worry about hiring a van and lifting heavy things, or paying for someone to come and pick it up. It could be a win-win situation.
How To Donate Furniture To Charity
GET IT COLLECTED
If you have a charity in mind you'd like to help, you could pop into one of their shops or give them a call. Easier still, take a look at their website to see if they accept furniture donations. You'll probably be able to see whether they offer a collection service, and arrange an appointment for them to come and pick up what you have.
TAKE IT TO A CHARITY
If you have smaller furniture items, or the means to transport bigger ones, you could save a charity a journey by taking your things to them yourself. Sending someone out to collect your furniture is an added expense and takes up time and resources that could potentially be used somewhere else. So add a good deed on top of a good deed, and see if there's a shop, warehouse or storage unit you could drop your furniture off.
DONATE TO A JUMBLE SALE
Lots of people put on jumble, or rummage sales, whether it's individuals looking to raise funds for charity, or organisations who need money to keep their own charitable efforts going. As small injections of cash can be hugely appreciated, your furniture can go a long way to helping out, even if it's not in great condition. The better condition it's in, however, the more money you may be able to raise.
SHOP FOR DONATED FURNITURE
If you're in need of some new furniture yourself, browse your local charity shops and jumble sales to see what's available. You may be able to pick up a nice bargain on a great piece, while supporting a good cause such as Oxfam GB, Save the Children or PDSA at the same time. All the furniture donated to charity needs to go somewhere, after all.
Things To Know Before You Donate
Some charities may not be able to accept certain types of furniture, or items that might not be in a saleable condition. This would include things like mattresses, which may need to be stain-free, for example.
Where To Get Started
Lots of different charities accept furniture donations, including:
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