5 Tips How to Donate Used Furniture.

  • By EasyMove
  • 28 Jan 2019
You’ve decided to redecorate and need to get rid of your old furniture before you have enough room for the
new pieces. Or you’re downsizing and need to get rid of a few things. Whatever the reason, you have extra
furniture and would like to donate it to a worthy organization. How do you go about it?

Take a good look at the furniture and give an honest appraisal.

• Is it clean?
• Does it show signs of wear?
• Is it torn?
• Does it have claw marks or chew marks?
• Does it smell like your animals?
• Would you by it at a resale shop?

The last question is really the key. If you wouldn’t buy it because of its condition, it’s likely that no one else
would either. People who shop in thrift stores don’t expect the merchandise to be perfect. But it does need to
be clean and free from obvious damage.

Make sure that your donation is an item that the non-profit will be able to accept.

Most non-profits have a list of things that they really need, but that doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t
welcome what you have to give. On the other hand, there are certain things that almost no one accepts
because of liability issues.

• Cribs
• Mattresses/box springs, including waterbed mattresses and waterbed frames
• Infant furniture that does not meet the current safety standards of the US Consumer Product Safety
Commission.
• Any item that has been recalled

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If a list of excluded items isn’t on a company’s website, call them if you have questions. They would much rather tell you ahead of time than a need to turn you away at the door.

Note: Some organizations will only accept furniture donations that can be handled by one person.


Decide where you want to donate.

There are many organizations who would be happy to receive your donation. You can ask your friends or do
a little research on the Internet to decide which is right for you. There are national non-profits and local ones.
Often a donation to a national organization will be used locally. If that is important to you, be sure to ask.

Note: As a general rule, the national organization will arrange a pick-up. Local organizations often do not have the means to do so National Organizations.

• The National Furniture Bank Association (NFBA) – The NFBA provides furniture to over 100,000 families
every year in the US and Canada.
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) – The VVA sells donated items to fund their programs for veterans.
Donation Town has a database of local charities that pick up furniture for free.
Goodwill – Goodwill helps unemployed heads of household find full-time work. They also provide worker
training, homeless shelters, and temporary assistance.
The Salvation Army – Furniture donations go to both their resale stores and to furnish their homeless
shelters.
 

Local Organizations (only donations to non-profits are tax deductible)

Homeless shelters – The United Way will be able to provide a list of local shelters
Battered women’s shelters - You may need to drop off your donation at a separate site because of these shelters like to keep their true addresses secret as a security measure.
Local thrift stores - Check on the non-profit status
Theater groups


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Arrange Furniture Donation Pick-up.

Each charity has its own specific focus. You may find one that speaks to your own values.
Here are five of the most reputable. 

Donation Town – Donation Town is an online connection between you and the various charities in your area. You can pick exactly where your furniture is going.

PickUpMyDonation.com - PickUpMyDonation.com is also an online service. You enter your zip code, and it matches you with charities in your area needing that type of donation. Choose where you want to donate, and PickUpMyDonation.com will arrange the pick-up.

The Salvation Army – All furniture donations are used to provide services for substance abuse treatment and recovery programs.

Goodwill Industries – Eighty-two percent of Goodwill’s resale revenue goes into training programs and employment for people with disabilities

Habitat For Humanity ReStore – All the money from donated goods is used to build decent housing for people in need.
 

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Keep track of what you donate and get receipts.

You can receive a deduction on your income taxes for goods donated to non-profit organizations. You can get the amount you may claim from the IRS publication Determining the Value of Donated Property. And always get a receipt.