In With the New: Tips for Disposing of Old Furniture

November 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Furniture outlets in MA and RI are constantly updating their inventory, which means buyers are often looking to update their homes as well. However, when picking out furniture, we rarely consider its life span. More often than not, a piece of furniture will be replaced by something new or more modern within ten years after purchase. This could be due to damage done to it over the years or a person’s ever-changing motif. When a person finally decides to get rid of the old furniture, they are often left wondering what to do with it. Here are a few ideas on how you can dispose of that old furniture.

1. Hold a Garage Sale – The simplest solution is to host a garage sale and let the community take it off your hands. The downside to this option is that you rarely get what you want for the item due to the fact that the average garage sale attendee is budget-minded and looking to spend as little as possible.

2. Consignment Shop – Consignment shops are a great alternative to garage sales because you are selling to a demographic that is budget-minded but not as frugal as those purchasing at a garage sale. Consignment shops usually have an enclosed space and a staff of people looking after your furniture. Some shops specialize in specific types of furniture, so if you are selling something that could be marketed to a particular crowd such as an antique, a consignment shop may be your best bet.

3. Place An Ad Online – Online classifieds like craigslist are a great way of finding a buyer. The ability to post images, communicate with interested buyers and having the option for them to pick-up the item will save you time and money.

4. Pass it On – Handing your old furniture down to your older children, nieces, nephews, or perhaps friends is a great way to make room in your home while filling the gaps in someone else’s.

5. Donate – Donating your furniture to Goodwill, Salvation Army or other charity is quite possibly the most rewarding option on the list. The sale of your donation goes to a great cause, not to mention a possible tax benefit.

6. Last Resort: Landfill – If you have tried selling the piece of furniture to no avail, you’ve offered the furniture to friends, family, and co-workers but no one wants it, then a landfill might be your only option. You will have to pay a small fee to use their facilities and some offer pick-up services for a fee as well.

Looking to replace an old piece of furniture? Cardi’s Furniture can help you find that new sofa or table you need for your design. With furniture stores in MA and RI, Cardi’s can help you find the right size, color and style you’re looking for.

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