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How to Get Rid of Unwanted Furniture

Whether you’re downsizing, upsizing, or just remodelling your home for a completely new look, having unwanted pieces of furniture is common. You can store this unwanted furniture for years on end, collecting dust and not much else. Or you could consider getting rid of it in the easiest way possible – and even making a few bucks in the process.


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How to Get Rid of Unwanted Furniture

In this blog we’ll take you through a few easy tips on how to get rid of unwanted furniture, easily and quickly without having to spend much – or any – money at all.

5 Ways To Get Rid Of Unwanted Furniture

From using free apps to leaving your goods on the pavement, there are several ways you can solve the problem of what to do with unwanted furniture. We’ve condensed the most popular ways into five easy ways, most of which are free to do.

#1 – Use Free Apps

There are several free apps and websites that you can use to get rid of your old gems. Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree are very popular sites where you can put your goods up for sale. When selling goods online, you need to remain vigilant for scamsters though. Here are some safety tips for selling goods online:

  • Never give away your home address initially.

  • If possible, try and meet the buyer in a public place for the exchange to happen.

  • If the buyer is coming to your home to pick up the item, make sure you are not alone. Always have several family members or friends with you at all times.

  • Never give away the goods until money has been paid into your account, or you have the cash in your hand.

  • Always give the buyer a receipt and make sure you keep a copy that they have signed too.

  • Trust your gut. If you have an uneasy feeling about the buyer, rather cancel the sale and stay safe.

#2 – Consider Storage

If you’re not too sure if you actually want to sell the piece of furniture yet, consider storing it in a storage facility that is properly managed and will keep your goods safe. You can opt to get a moving company to come and collect the furniture and take it to your storage unit too. Shop around for storage units in your area to find the best price.

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#3 - Donation Pickups

If you’re wondering where to take unwanted furniture, the first suggestion people think of is a donation shop. A lot of charity shops will be only too happy to take your furniture off your hands in order to sell it for a small price that goes to their charity. Many charity shops will have a vehicle that can come and collect your piece of furniture too. If not, you might need to use your own vehicle to drop the piece of furniture off at the store.

#4 – Freecycle

Freecycling is when you give away your furniture to someone in need, instead of selling it or throwing it away. Consider people that you know that may be less fortunate than you, or that youngster in the family starting new and needing furniture for their first flat. Just make sure it’s still in good order and can be used for another few years.

#5 - Use a Professional Seller

There are professional second-hand furniture sellers out there who specialise in helping you sell your old items. They usually have a good network of people that they sell to and manage the entire sale and collection process for you. Using a second-hand seller is a good way to get a good selling price and you’ll be helping them make a few bucks too.

How to dispose of unwanted furniture safely

We often get asked, where can I dump unwanted furniture? Ideally, dumping anything that isn’t biodegradable is not a great idea. We suggest rather using the ideas we’ve listed above to get your old pieces into some new hands, who really need them.

Another alternative is to leave your unwanted furniture on the pavement, outside your home for a few days to see if any passers-by pick them up. Many people swear by this method - it’s anonymous and the items are usually being picked up by someone in real need.

Why Consider Selling Unwanted Furniture to Make Extra Money

Whether you’re in a financial pickle and need to make some extra cash quickly, or you’re simply wanting to make a few bucks on some furniture you don’t need anymore, selling unwanted items is a very effective way of doing so. Also, you might be pleasantly surprised when something you thought wouldn’t be worth much, fetches a good price – it can happen.

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What can I do with furniture I don't want?

Read our blog above to get ideas on what to do with unwanted furniture.

How do I get rid of furniture for free?

Consider donating the furniture or freecycling it – read our blog above to find out more about these concepts.

What can I do with a house full of unwanted furniture?

If they are in good condition, why not sell them? Second-hand furniture is a lucrative business where you can often make more extra cash than you think.

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