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What do you do with furniture you do not want anymore?

Moms View Message Board: Get Organized: What do you do with furniture you do not want anymore?
By Marg on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 06:46 am:

When we first got married (18 years ago) people would often give us their used furniture, yes, I was very appreciative of most of the furniture. It's the things people didn't want and didn't know how to get rid of .

We have a console from the 70's in dark walnut and velvet red, dh's stepdad thought this would be a nice touch to our house, lol!

Things like that?

What do you do with it? If I haul it to the transfer station it will cost a bundle (this thing is at least 5' by 2'.

I have two desks, I think I could break them apart and burn them.

But what do you do with furniture you no longer want?

I've tried the yard sale route...

By Feona on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 07:34 am:

You could call the salvation army up and see if they are interested. Any junk stores want free stuff?

Put the furnture out by the curb with free sign on it. (Has to be something someone wants to get.)

By Marg on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 09:06 am:

I never thought of that, we live in a very rural area, but there is a man that comes and gets your stuff and resells it, I'll have to give him a call.

It's the console I really want to get rid of. I put a table cloth on it for so many years! I'm just tired of it.

It looks like something Elvis would have had at Graceland, yes, we went their when I was young, lol!

By Dawnk777 on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 11:27 am:

It's illegal in Sheboygan to pick through garbage on the curb. I'm sure it's still done anyway, though. When we had our flood 5 years ago, we had sewage in our basement. We discarded furniture that had been soaked with that dirty water. Very little of it actually made it into the garbage becuase people kept taking it, even after being told we had sewage in our basement. I just didn't get it. When we threw the couch on the curb, we ripped the back of it all to shreds so no one would take it!

We had a Little Tyke's easel that got water inside the legs. A lady came to the door to get it. I told her we had poop in the basement. She didn't care and packed it up in her car anyway. I didn't keep it because I would have always thought of it as dirty. You could clean the outside, but not the inside. Ewwww!

By Dawnk777 on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 11:28 am:

We have some hand-me-down couches from my mom, but I do like them. It meant we didn't have to buy furniture for our family room area of the basement!

By Palmbchprincess on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 01:13 pm:

Call Purple Heart, don't they do furniture pick-up? Bonfire?? Ebay?? (J/k!)... but first make sure it's not some collectible antique!!

By Cybermommyx4 on Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 09:55 pm:

We put it on our lawn with a sign that says "FREE"....we got rid of four UGLY kitchen chairs that someone gave us (they had basket-weave type seats and backs, and stabbed you in the thigh when you tried to sit on them) They were gone in under a 1/2 hour! :) I was glad, because I think it's a violation of zoning ordinance to do that ;)

By Mommyathome on Friday, March 26, 2004 - 11:46 am:

I wish "trash picking" was illegal here Dawn. Everytime we have something of interest out on the curb it never fails someone stops to take it.
After my mom died we used her dinette set for a couple of years. Once I decided it wasn't my style it took me another year to part with it. Sentimental value of course. I *knew* that I didn't want anyone else to have that in their house. (call me selfish, but that's how I felt) I finally got up enough guts to haul it to the curb. It was out there for about an hour and someone stopped. They took it right from the curb. Loaded up six chairs and the table. :(
Recently we threw away our crib. It was broken and definitely not safe to use. It was on the curb for about 2 hours on trash day and someone stopped and took it.
It irritates the heck out of me. If I wanted to give it away, I would have hung a sign on it.

By Dawnk777 on Friday, March 26, 2004 - 12:06 pm:

Yikes, mommyathome! I can't believe some people!

By Ladypeacek on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 07:50 am:

You could post an ad too in a grocery store! Put free to whoever comes and gets in and list the condition, there just may be young people with the need for it!! Thats what we do with anything we think is usable that we no longer need!

By Texannie on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 10:43 am:

Marg, we called that "early relative" furniture. We had alot of it too.
Mommy, what's the expression "one man's trash is another man's treasure"...maybe they really needed it. You had put it in the trash.
I always give to Salvation Army. My husband can't stand yard sales so any old clothes, furniture ect goes to SA. They are wonderful to work with. They give you a specific time they will be out. They are always so appreciative too.

By Yjja123 on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 10:20 pm:

Here there is a Veterans organization that will come and take it away. I am sure if you call Salvation Army or Goodwill they can direct you.
I hate to throw anything useable away. It just seems wrong to me. I have put stuff out on on the yard with a sign free to good home. I have also donated to the above organizations. Any childrens items I take to the woman's shelter along with womans clothing.

By Bea on Sunday, March 28, 2004 - 01:03 am:

I volunteer at a consignment shop. I take stuff we no longer want there. If it doesn't sell it becomes a donation, which I use towards my taxes. When we moved my Dad to the Life Care Facility, we had a lot of stuff left in his house to get rid of. We piled it all on his front walk and put out signs, "FREE STUFF" There was a 6 foot by 20 foot pile out there. By the next morning most of it was gone.

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