Where to donate furniture?

worn couch cushion cornerKara asks via email:

I'm getting a new couch in a few months and my old one while worn, could still be of use to someone. Are there any local charities that pick up donations of this sort?

There are definitely charities that take furniture donations. But we wonder if charities have different rules for stuff like, say, a table and chairs and upholstered things like couches.

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I know people who have donated furniture to Victory Church and the come to pickup the items. Give them a call - http://www.victoryalbany.com/

Update September 19, 2017: Addictions Care Center of Albany contacted AOA to let us know that it no longer accepts furniture donations.

At the Addictions Care Center of Albany (www.theacca.net), we are grateful for furniture donations which many times are given to our residents who are moving out of our facility and into homes of their own. In addition, we will pick up the items from you, within local distance (Albany County). The only rules that we have for donating furniture are that the items must be in good condition (no holes, major dents, scratches, etc.), and we require emailed photos of the items prior to accepting and picking up. Also, we do not accept file cabinets or sleep sofas.

Call the Habitat for Humanity Restore
518.275.6638
http://www.habitatcd.org/restore/

A great local resource did a piece about them in 2013.

http://alloveralbany.com/archive/2013/08/29/checking-out-the-new-habitat-restore-on-fuller-rd

The Habitat ReStore does just this kind of thing. Call them and they will even come pick it up.

http://www.habitatcd.org/restore/

Habitat for Humanity ReStore has a couple locations around the area and picks up large donations!! Schenectady: http://schenectadyhabitat.org/restore/overview/ and Albany: http://www.habitatcd.org/restore/

The Albany or Schenectady ReStore. Proceeds support Habitat for Humanity projects. Call for more info. 518-275-6638

There are lots of local nonprofits which would be happy to have your couch! The Albany Damien Center, Goodwill and the Salvation Army immediately spring to mind, and you can also search "furniture donation" on www.211neny.org, which will show you all local nonprofits that accept furniture, and what types they accept.

Weird PSA on the subject of furniture donations: an acquaintance of mine recently mentioned to me that she was planning to donate furniture to Goodwill, but was offended that they sold it (rather than giving it to people in need free of charge).

People, it's completely OK that nonprofits sometimes sell your old stuff! In virtually all cases, the profits from those sales provide funding directly for the organization, either through operating support or to make it possible to offer other programs and services for free, or for less than what it costs to run them.

So give freely! (And if you're concerned with a charity's effectiveness/trustworthiness, just check the organization out on Guidestar or the Better Business Bureau.)

Grace's Closet: https://www.facebook.com/gracesclosetny

Capital City Rescue Mission: http://capitalcityrescuemission.com/get-involved/donate-items/

Freecycle: https://www.freecycle.org/

I've donated to Troy Area United Ministries in the past. They'll pick stuff up curbside.

I'd start here - they help people going through emergency situations. http://www.schenectadyhomefurnishings.org/donate_furnishings.html

The Addiction Center of Albany accepts furniture donations
http://www.theacca.net/get-involved/donate

Habitat for Humanity (ReStore) accepts furniture, though I am not sure of their specific rules regarding donations.
http://www.habitat.org/ReStores/donate_goods.aspx

Salvation Army accepts furniture *though they may have rules about it, not sure, I don't support them as they discriminate.*

Goodwill does not accept furniture.

I think the only way to find out about specific rules regarding furniture donations is to make phone calls or research on the internet. Bed bugs are a big issue and have forced many places to refuse furniture donations.


Home Furnishings in Schenectady. Here is the link for pick up:

http://www.schenectadyhomefurnishings.org/donate_furnishings.html

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers a pickup service for donations. I've had very positive experiences with them in the past.

If all else fails, try Freecycle

I have multiple pets so donating upholstered furniture, even in good condition, is problematic. I used Freecycle to get rid of a sleeper couch and some college students were happy to get it. (I currently use CRFreeStuff for give away items.)

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