Whether you’re moving or just sprucing up your home, you may occasionally have large furniture pieces that you no longer need or want. It can be frustrating to figure out what to do with these large, and often cumbersome, furnishings — from coffee to dining tables and everything in between. They’re difficult to put in storage and you can’t just leave them with the weekly trash pickup or at a dumpster.
That’s where being charitable can be helpful. Many Denver area thrift and secondhand shops happily accept furniture donations.
First, you have to be sure whatever you’re donating is in good condition. If it’s broken, wobbly or soiled, it’s of no good to anyone else. If such is the case, it’s probably best to just have it properly discarded.
IMPORTANT: These charitable organizations are not intended to be dumping grounds. Donating unusable furniture actually ends up hurting their cause because they have to spend the time and money to properly dispose of it. It’s not fair nor is it very neighborly. As a result, be sure your “old” furniture is still in good condition and clean. Ask yourself, if you would find it acceptable. If not, toss it.
Here’s where you can donate large furniture in Denver:
arc Thrift Stores
arc Thrift Stores offers donation pick-up for large furniture only. Call 303-238-5263 to schedule a pick-up Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The thrift store does not accept the following items: Baby items (walkers, playpens, strollers or swings), bean bag chairs, carpet padding or remnants, large office furniture (including cubicle partitions), all desks, all doors, fencing, flooring, garage doors or openers, garbage disposals, hot tubs and covers, ladders, mattresses or box springs, mirrors without frame or backing, paint, pianos, stoves, sun tanning beds, tubs or toilets, television sets, water heaters, water beds and accessories, windows and screens and window blinds. This is not a comprehensive list of items not accepted. Check here for a full list — click on “Unacceptable Items.”
If you have smaller items to donate, they can be dropped off at one of the shop’s many locations — during business hours only.
Goodwill of Colorado
Goodwill of Colorado is again offering home pick-ups of donated items through its partner ReSupply. Note this is a fee-based service.
Schedule a day and time convenient here. In many cases, there’s availability for pick-up within 48 hours. Then, select the types of items you wish to donate and receive a real-time quote. ReSupply will take any items in any condition. Plus, they can disassemble furniture upon request and climb stairs. Goodwill does not receive any of the fees paid to ReSupply for home pick-ups.
As always, you can take your gently used items to any of Goodwill’s attended donation centers throughout Colorado for no charge. For locations, click here.
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver
Donate used furniture, appliances and more at one of the Habitat for Humanity’s Denver ReStore Donation Docks. All metro Denver ReStores (Arvada, Aurora, Denver and Littleton) accept drop-off donations, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Note: For Arvada, drop off times are Tuesday to Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Hours are subject to change, so double-check first before making plans.
All dropped-off donation items must be approved by the store staff at the donation dock.
Habitat for Humanity also offers two Donation Pickup Services — Priority Pickup (within 1 to 3 days) and Standard Pickup (within approximately 3 to 4 days.) Standard Pickup is FREE, when booked online. Priority Pickup does incur a fee. However, the cost is less expensive than what you’d pay using a moving company or junk hauler.
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