For individuals who are downsizing or planning a move, we often see the same types of home goods that families tend to want to let go of. But some items are easier to remove than others. Some things are good for resale while others might be better to donate. And some items won’t budge unless a hauler is hired. Here is a list of some the more difficult things to downsize before a move:
- Pianos. Locally, we like to try Graves Piano http://gravespianos.com/we-buy-pianos/ for potential resell. Check out their page for guidelines before contacting them. Also, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore may accept pianos if you are willing to ship it to them. Again, you will want to contact your local HFH to make sure your piano will be accepted.
- Treadmills and Bowflex machines. Most donation centers will not take them, but often a neighbor will. We recommend placing on your front side walk OR posting to a local buy, sell, trade site.
- Pool Tables. If the new homeowner isn’t willing to take it, you could be left with a heavy chore. We like Best Billiardshttp://www.bestbilliardsinc.com/used.php for potential resale.
- Mattresses. All the charities say they need them–but they are looking for ones in excellent condition.
- Desks. Charities are not accepting large office-style desks.
- China sets and dinette sets. The supply is much larger than the demand. As our lifestyles evolve, the desire for fancy dinnerware is falling to the wayside. Though they may not sell well, dinnerware is still a great donation item.
- Non-flat screen TVs. Hard to find anyone who will take these anymore. Best Buy will recycle these for free if smaller than 32in. Most charities will not accept them.
Items most likely to sell or consign:
- kitchen tables
- leather couches
- decorative mirrors
- occasional chairs
- vintage household items
- patio sets
Items especially needed for donation:
- beds and bedroom sets
- tables and end tables
- small and large appliances in good working condition
Online selling has come a long way from Craigslist and eBay. Try your local Facebook Buy-Sell-Trade sites. Also clients have reported good luck with these apps: Letgo and OfferUp .
We’d love to hear your buy, sell, trade story!