I often am asked for recommendations on discarding furniture. Your options will vary depending on the condition, style and quality of your pieces. There are advantages and disadvantages to all the following options, but here are the most straight forward options to get you started.
If it is not great quality but still is good or better condition, I highly recommend just giving it away to save you time and the expense of hauling it.
1- HOPE Services, Habitat REstore, Salvation Army and many other charities are accepting furniture with the right of refusal, and most of these will pickup items. Your furniture is resold at their thrift shops.
2- Bay Area Furniture Bank in Santa Clara County and Ecumenical Hunger Programs distribute used furniture to people in need, and they can pickup your items. Furniture banks exist in many but not all counties
3- list it for free on Nextdoor.com - this way you reach only the people near your neighborhood and they come to pick it up.
4- list it for free on Trashnothing.com or the Facebook group "Buy Nothing." Generally people on these groups are respectful and appreciative.
5 - Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist are also local platforms on which to sell or give away items. These take quite a bit of management and savvy to avoid scammers and people who aren't going to show up. They are excellent tools however when you are comfortable using them.
For furniture that might have some resale value, you can also try to
1- sell it yourself through Nextdoor.com or Craigslist
2- send photos to Home Consignment Center to see if they will sell if for you. There are several venues in the Bay Area, but you will have to transport your items to their stores
3- sell it through Maxsold.com online auctions
JMPO can facilitate any and all of these avenues, so one option is hiring us to get rid of it for you. If you have other items that you are not taking to your new home, it might be worth hiring someone to clear all of it at once. This is easiest to do after you have moved out and left it all behind, so to speak.
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