Donating is not always easy!

I’ve just had a strange experience. Since I’m moving, I’ve decided to donate some furniture, duplicate bakeware and kitchenware, appliances, clothes, shoes, handbags, linens, a sewing machine, and an LCD TV.

Easy, right? No. Here are the organizations that turned me down. They don’t pickup due to costs, they don’t take TV’s more than 4 years old, they don’t taking clothing, on and on…

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Goodwill (a disappointment, my husband was on the Goodwill Roundtable in Miami)
  • Veterans of America

And my first choice, the Breast Cancer Foundation. They cannot schedule a pickup until mid-September. Busy people…

The Rescue Mission of Miami was happy and willing, as was the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is coming on Wednesday, and I’m happy with this as my family has always supported them with food and $ donations at Christmas and Thanksgiving.

An interesting quest with unexpected results. Coco

12 thoughts on “Donating is not always easy!

  1. I am glad you persisted and donated to the charities that would pick up. The ‘Salvos’ are great here too. We have another option. You can ring your local council to come pick furniture and broken white goods up for free. You just have to put it on the sidewalk the night before and most of the time it disappears before the council truck gets there!

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  2. We have a consignment shop a few towns over that are grateful for most items that are in good condition. The money they receive from any sales is used to stock the food pantry that is located directly next door. A win-win for everyone! Good luck with your move – it’s not for the faint of heart!

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  3. We had the same issue here in Australia when mum passed away. No one would take the furniture. Apparently not good enough for charity. People want the new cheap crap modern furniture. Not good for the planet.

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  4. Out local Hospice has an annual garage sale at the fairgrounds. Stopped taking donations after filling four buildings! Must be a lot of Kondo-ing and simplifying going on!

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  5. It getting more difficult to donate or recycle. We have had very similar experiences. Our local county conducts an electronics clean sweep program each year. That’s a great opportunity to get rid of old laptops, phones, t.v.s etc. You might check with your local county and see if there is a similar program available near you. We still have to pay to recycle a tv through the program, but we can at least responsibly recycle it. Hope this helps!

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  6. Donating has become more difficult if late; I’ve been finding that out as I continue to try to sort and simplify. Thank you for persisting though and passing on what you’ve learned!! Happy sorting!!

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  7. It is always so disappointing when we want to do something to benefit others and no one apparently wants to help. When we moved, I used an online group called Free Cycle. I posted all sorts of things including all my unfinished sewing projects and had a lot of fun passing my things on to other people. Good luck!

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    1. We had free cycle. Its great for fabrics and craft stuff. But not furniture, to people have no way to transport it themselves. When we moved to Florida we had to dump so many good fu in a dumpster!!! And pay big $$ for the dumpster

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  8. I have run into similar problems. Luckily, the local church thrift store takes everything. They do NOT do pick-ups unfortunately.
    I recently did a major clean out of my stashed fabrics resulting in numerous large trash bags full to donate. I tried the local schools for arts and crafts and the high school for theatre or home ec, the local senior centers and a few others. They either did not call me back or they did not want it.

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    1. The SalvationArmy has been my go to for donating furniture and household items for many years. A local “share & care mission” has put me in touch with individuals in need when I had good, rarely used mattresses (from guest rooms). The mission could not take them but the individuals were happy to get the items and picked up.

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