For most people, moving to a new house means having to get rid of a few things, and pieces of furniture gradually get replaced by better quality items over the years. That means if you ask around, you will almost always be able to find useful items that people are happy to give you for nothing – everything from sofas to kitchenware to carpets. If your family and friends can’t help, try Freecycle. Many charity shops also deal in low-cost furniture and homewares, even if they don’t have them on display. Remember that as long as what you get is still in sturdy condition, you can usually cover up superficial damage at a trivial cost.
Engaging offer THE Freecycle website allows people to give their goods away, without charge, to those who want them. Gilbert MacKay from Newton Mearns wonders if there is a poignant backstory explaining the site’s latest offering: Engagement gifts… 2 mugs.
More information about the tip can be found on the Coventry Council website. The advise is to consider whether an item could be reused by others, promoted on the freecycle or taken to a charity shop before bringing it to the Coventry tip. With current Covid restrictions in place however seeking alternatives may be difficult and demand at the local tip may increase.
Look out for non-profit or local neighbourhood groups online such as Freecycle – these are good places to sell, swap or give your pre-loved items. Other organisations, such as Furniture Donation Network, will directly give your items to someone in need.
“Good-quality unwanted items can be taken to a local charity shop or furniture recycling projects, which are starting to open again. You can also post them on internet sites such as Freecycle or Gumtree.”