Dealing with excess furniture can often be a challenge.
Fortunately, there are several free furniture pickup options available for Canberrans that can help you clear space while also benefiting others in need. In this article, we’ll explore various avenues you can explore to efficiently get rid of unwanted furniture items in the ACT.
1. Bulk waste collection service: plan ahead
The bulk waste collection service is a popular option for disposing of larger items, but it requires careful planning. Keep in mind that you need to book well in advance and itemise each piece of furniture. While this might not be the most practical choice for everyone, it can be a viable solution if you have a under two cubic metres of items and can wait.
2. Large op shops: donate selectively
Donating furniture to large op shops like Salvos can benefit both you and the community. However, these shops are selective about the items they accept. Ensure that the furniture you’re donating is in good condition and be prepared for rejection – some items that are less likely to sell in their shops so they can’t take them. Additionally, keep an eye on the reopening of Vinnies’ warehouse in Mitchell, as it will provide another option for donating furniture.
3. GIVIT listings: connecting unwanted items with good causes
Listing your items on platforms like GIVIT can connect your furniture with charities that specifically need them. Charities such as the Red Cross often collect items for refugees, while smaller organizations may collect furniture for group homes or individuals setting up new homes.
4. Buy Nothing groups: a local exchange of goods
Consider joining a Buy Nothing group in your area for a community-driven option. While this requires time and effort to list items on your local Facebook group, it can connect you with individuals who are actively seeking the furniture you have to offer.
5. Auction houses: turning unwanted furniture into pocket money
For furniture that holds value, auction houses can be a viable choice. While some may charge for pickup services, the potential return from selling your furniture might cover the removal costs or even earn you some extra cash.
6. Thoughtful kerbside offerings: a last resort option
We don’t advocate leaving excess items out on the kerb, but many of our clients have tried this option and been happy with the result. While this option may lead to someone finding and repurposing your furniture, it’s important to be aware of council regulations and how your neighbours might feel! If you try this option, perhaps try doing so over the course of a weekend and then taking the items back in on the Monday.
7. Sharing with young people: helping students and others to set up house
Consider reaching out to young people who are setting up their first homes or share houses. Your excess furniture could be just what they need, and your generosity will be greatly appreciated.
8. Ngunnawal Street Pantry: finding alternative homes
If you’ve exhausted other options, consider contacting the Ngunnawal Street Pantry. While they may not have storage space for furniture, they have connections with ACT Housing and might be able to help rehome your items.
Consider your time and energy
If you’re on a tight timeframe, it may be best to be pragmatic in which options you consider. Sometimes older furniture simply can’t be sold or re-homed and, if you’ve organised a Salvos pickup (and/or any of the above options) and there’s still furniture left over, it might be worth getting your local “Man with a Van” type of service to take the rest to the Green Shed or tip.