My mind is percolating on the logistics. I would need a place to sell it out of, cheaply; storefront would not be feasible. I could advertise it on Craigslist and sell it out of ministorage, but, I'd need a reasonable rental rate on ministorage, and would have to sell enough each month to cover the monthly ministorage rent and still be profitable. I could consign to a used furniture store, depending on how much they'd charge me. My biggest issue would be a truck to haul it in, which I already know would be way too expensive to rent, and I wouldn't want to own my own truck - no thank you.
I think I'd have to replace my car with a minivan. Adverstise on Craigslist. Sell out of ministorage on weekends. Not sure about all of that.
Thanks Cyndi! I offered the furniture to the movers, and they took it. Instead of unloading at Goodwill, we unloaded at their house. I was happy, he was happy. Plus I was happy that he was happy.
Still took 2 instead of 1 (because it was too heavy for 1) but it all worked out.
Lessons learned is the important thing.
I'm thinking about a business for free furniture pickup, since there seems to be such a vast void. You can't even give away good, resale-able furniture (without lengthy advance prep) . . . that's still amazing to me.
Well this is a huge lesson learned. Who KNEW??? Volunteer orgs and charities don't have enough resources, re, bodies and trucks, to leave their org and go to addresses to pickup things. They are lucky if they have skeleton crew to staff their places.
Out of maybe 20 contacts, one could do it - ONLY a week later on a date not of my choosing. Which is exactly zero help to me.
I'm amazed, still, that this is so "difficult". Everyone says Goodwill or Salvation Army will come with a truck. NOT. I live in a large metropolitan area, too.
If I wasn't pressed for time, I could have made more calls from the ideas here. But every hour has 3 hours' worth of demands, I just couldn't spend anymore time on it.
So bottomline I'm spending an extra $100. This will get me a second guy (instead of one guy I had planned on) to move. We'll load the furniture on a truck and drop it off at Goodwill, which I confirmed will take it. Then bring the truck back to ministorage, and with 2 guys + me instead of 1 guy + me, we will make shorter work of the loading. That's the silver lining.
Moral of the story: plan ahead, one month or two months ahead, to make arrangements to have your big items picked up for free, if you don't want to spend hundred(s) of extra dollars. I could have done Craigslist or Freecycle or researched more charities and called more churches, if I'd done it one or two months out.
Thanks everyone SO MUCH for your suggestions!!!
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How about resale shops? I would think since they stand to profit, they would pick them up. Salvation Army sells lots of furniture. Maybe a food pantry would know of someone or somewhere than would also pick up. Amvets is a place that picks up here. Used furniture stores should pick up too. In your position, I would call your Chamber of Commerce and all of those in your area. They have a vast knowledge of the communities in which they serve. Blessings
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Other suggestions: Local Veteran's associations - lots of these orgs need furniture for apts to rehome homeless vets. Orgs that do transitional housing like battered women's shelters, refugee centers (see if you have a local office for International Rescue Committee - IRC), centers for abused teens (usually girls) who are transitioning out of shelters into apartments.
Red Cross might have some ideas. St Vincent de Paul - they have picked up some HUGE things from a friend of mine - heavy cement planter and 3 tier fountain. Look up Thrift or 2nd Hand stores and call them.
"I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way." — Carl Sagan, American Humanist
Call more than one church. There has to be someone in need who could really make use of the furniture. Is there a clothing center that might know of someone in need who could get a truck to you? (sending prayers that you find a solution that works best for everyone involved)
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Out here in CA we have a company called got junk... phone... 1-800-got-junk. They will come and pick up whatever you want to get rid of. Don't know if there's a cost associated with it or anything, but maybe you could try them and see if they're in your area. If not they might have some suggestions.
I cannot do craigslist or freecycle, don't have time to explain, just trust me please.
I thought Goodwill or Salvation Army could do it. I called them and they can't.
I called Goodwill, Salvation Army, Purple Heart, Habitat for Humanity, and asked for referrals at each. They either won't, or, can't do it for a long time. Tuesday is my drop-dead date; Monday is preferable.
The pieces are physically too big for me to move by myself, they are at a ministorage so I can't "set them by the curb", I do not have any local friends who can help me, and what I really need is for someone to pick them up Mon or Tues.
Edited to add: Called church, left message.
Can't do 1800gotjunk because can't afford the $300 fee, and they had no other suggestions.
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