How to Sell, Donate, or Dispose Unwanted Furniture in NYC

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Often times people use the moving process in NYC as an opportunity to get rid of many belongings they held onto too long. Most NYC apartments are just too small to hold onto space-taking items like furniture, especially if it is superfluous. Some stuff is easy to get rid of or turn into cash; furniture could not be considered one of those items, especially in a place like New York City. The sheer size and mass of most furniture items make them difficult to transport without large vehicles and multiple people helping. There are several kosher and sensible ways to get rid of unwanted furniture without necessarily calling upon the help of professional movers (although, we personally think that is always a good option.)


KEY TIP: Make sure you empty all compartments of the furniture before dumping it. Who knows what might be in there? Remotes, change, lost keys, etc. etc. Check inside the cracks in the furniture as well as the compartments that are meant to be used for storage.

 

DUMP YOUR UNWANTED FURNITURE

The most convenient option for getting rid of furniture is dumping it. But dumping furniture correctly and legally and without repercussions in NYC isn’t always simple. For example, mattresses need to be covered with a mattress bag to prevent the spread of bed bugs. Most buildings will have stipulations on getting rid of large trash items. People can’t just dump their stuff anywhere; NYC building managers specify these larger items have to go in a certain place. Plus, these managers may only permit these items to be disposed on certain days, to prevent overcrowding whatever area these large items would be placed in for too long. If you don’t have enough time to dump your items yourself, a junk removal service like 1-800-GOT-JUNK could be very helpful. You might get lucky and find that whoever is supplying your new furniture is willing to dump your old furniture  For more information on New York’s regulations on disposing your furniture, check out their “How to Get Rid Of” resource.

 

WHAT TO DO: Ask the supervisor of your apartment building when & where you are allowed to dump your furniture.


DONATE YOUR EXCESS FURNITURE

Instead of just throwing out your old and unwanted furniture, why not use it to better the life of someone less fortunate in the NYC area? Furniture can often be very useful for those without much means, even if it’s not in the best condition. There are several charities in and near people who are moving in NYC that will accept their furniture as a donation. Often charities will even allow you to schedule a pickup of these belongings, leaving the work to others. In many cases you can even use your donation to receive a tax deduction!

  • If you can’t visit one of the more than 50 Salvation Army donation centers in the NYC metro area, the charity also will pick up items for you in New York.
  • NYC-based non profit Housingworks will also pick up certain furniture items for you.
  • Hour Children in western Queens sets out to help formerly incarcerated women re-enter the community. They will accept certain furniture donations.
  • Nazareth Housing, a charity dedicated to helping NYC’s homeless populations, will pick up suitable furniture items from Canal St. to 86th St. in Manhattan.
  • Alternatively a local thrift store or a Goodwill near you will likely accept your donations as well.

 

You can always ask around at your local schools, animal shelters, churches, theatres/prop houses, to see if they might accept your furniture piece as a donation..You can always advertise items you’ll give away on Craigslist as well. (You can even advertise stuff as you’re dumping it with a “curb alert”). 

 

WHAT TO DO: Schedule a pickup with a local charitable organization, or post a curb alert on craigslist if you’re in a time crunch and need to dump the furniture.


 

SELL YOUR UNNEEDED FURNITURE

Since you paid for your furniture, someone else must want to pay for it, right? Even after repeated use diminishes the condition of furniture, most of it still has value, and someone unwilling to pony up for new furniture would likely be interested in buying it. There are a few options for selling your furniture before a move.

 

  • AptDeco is a website purposed as a marketplace for buying and selling used furniture. The site provides delivery services in exchange for a cut of the price, which makes the sale process easier for time-strapped sellers. Plenty of other sites like ChairishOfferUp, and Letgo offer similar services.

  • Facebook marketplace is a new function that allows Facebook users to list items for sale in their community. Facebook users selling furniture can also try and find groups where locals in their neighborhood are buying and selling furniture or other items (such as Buying and Selling Anything (NYC)

  • The “Moving Sale” Craigslist post is an old favorite. Can’t hurt to try it.


WHAT TO DO: Take a few photos of your furniture item(s), write a short description for each, and post them for sale on a few different websites.

REUSYOUR OLD FURNITURE

Haven’t come up with a way to get rid of your furniture that makes sense for you? Find a way to re-use the furniture you already have to save money and hassle, if you can. Reupholster or refinish old furniture to make it suitable to reuse in a new home. Out of date furniture can be used in a guest bedroom or in some other less prominent part of a new home.

The old furniture pieces might be useful in a different form.Consider the materials used in your furniture and how those can be recycled. For example, a scrap metal facility could make use of pieces that are mostly metal, like patio furniture usually is.

 



Note: Post updated 5/22/2019 to include most recent information.


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