Today is the last Sunday in “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024.” This month has gone so fast. Today we’ll talk about a topic that a lot of people wonder about: unwanted furniture.
Many people have furniture they no longer want, for reasons such as:
- You inherited furniture you don’t really like.
- You have furniture that doesn’t fit your current space.
- You have old furniture from a baby’s or child’s room that is no longer suitable.
- You purchased new furniture and want to shed the old.
“Furniture” is a very broad category. Depending on the type and quantity of furniture you have, you might want to consider various options. For instance, some pieces are highly desired on the market, and you may want to sell them. Others may have low market value and are candidates for donation. Further still, you may have furniture with broken pieces or sticky drawers that you should just throw away.
If you think you have furniture that is worth selling, check with employees at your local consignment store. Snap a few photos and ask what they think. Similarly, most appraisers will also give you a free estimate based on photographs. Always be sure to take photographs that show the true condition of the piece, so you receive a fair estimate.
If your pieces are in good working order, but not of particularly high value, these are good candidates to give away. The hard part about furniture is that it is often heavy. If you can get your piece into your own vehicle, you can drop it off at a Goodwill or other local charity. Some charities like Habitat for Humanity ReStore and The Salvation Army may pick up.
People living in lower Fairfield County, CT can contact the Darien Scouts, who may be able to come and collect your furniture. Another place is the Furniture Sharehouse, which provides free furniture to economically disadvantaged individuals and families living in Westchester County, NY. They have a pickup fee, but at least you know your furniture will go to help someone in need. Because their clients are largely in small apartments, they are not able to take bulky/large items.
If you can’t find a charity to come and take your piece, and you can’t lift or move the item yourself, another option is to post your furniture for “free” on Facebook Marketplace, Freecycle, or your local Facebook Buy Nothing group.
If dealing with these sites makes you uncomfortable, yet another possible solution is to reach out to someone you know who might have connections with people in need. For instance, your cleaning person, neighbors, faith community, your local shelter, etc.
If you don’t have the time and/or energy to find a solution, and/or if your furniture is in poor condition, I recommend you contact a junk hauler. These professionals can quickly and efficiently remove the furniture. Additionally, many of today’s junk haulers will donate anything they pick up that is in good condition, so you don’t need to feel guilty about putting good furniture into a landfill. Although there is a fee for this approach, as with the pool tables we discussed yesterday, often it is well worth the money to get the items out so you can move forward.
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Do you have furniture in your space that you really don’t want but haven’t known how to handle?