How to Donate Second Hand Furniture

by April Ort

If you have furniture that has outlasted its usefulness to you but could benefit a needy individual, many outlets are available to accept donations of second-hand furniture. Several organizations exist to distribute donated goods to those in need. The process need not be complicated, but specific steps should be taken to ensure the safe and appropriate delivery of such goods to the intended recipient. Even if you can no longer find a place for your old couch or don't have room for an extra mattress, another family or charity that would benefit from your generosity.

Make sure the furniture is clean and in usable condition.

Call the National Furniture Bank Association. This organization coordinates and distributes donated furniture throughout the United States. It might have a branch in your area.

Choose an entity that you wish to donate to. This could include an organization that will distribute used furniture to those in need, such as The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries or Big Brothers Big Sisters. Churches and homeless or battered women's shelters are often in need of furniture. You can find links to some of these organizations in the resource section of this article.

Coordinate transportation to deliver your used furniture to the intended recipient or charitable organization. Some charities will arrange for pickup of donated items, but many are short on funding and will require the goods to be dropped off.

Ask the donation recipient to provide you with a receipt of donated goods, which you can claim as a tax-deductible donation.

Items you will need

  • Internet connection
  • Telephone
  • Used furniture
  • Transportation

About the Author

April Ort began writing in 2007. he has more than 15 years experience in the financial industry, has held a travel agent license and has interviewed a variety of celebrities. Ort is currently working in the health-care industry as an operational trainer and completing her Bachelor of Science in communications with a focus on journalism.

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