The Spring real estate market in Toronto is in full bloom! If you are planning to list your home soon, start by cleaning and de-cluttering. This is the perfect time to edit your furniture and finally get rid of all your unwanted furniture pieces, appliances, and accessories that has been sitting in your basement waiting to be tossed out of the house.
But wait! Before you decide to throw everything away, consider donating them instead. There are a number of places in Toronto where you can donate your unwanted furniture instead of just tossing them in the garbage. This is a great way to help less fortunate families in your community while giving your unwanted pieces of furniture a new life and a new home.
I have re-posted this blog with full contact information and links for your convenience. Source: Furniture Bank
Please note that REDESIGN4MORE is not in any way involved in organizing the furniture pick-up. If you have goods to donate please communicate with either of these fantastic charities directly.
1. Furniture Bank. Most types of furniture, small appliances, televisions with screens 37 inches or less, bed frames and unstained mattresses. While items must be gently-used, Furniture Bank does steam clean them. The organization’s pickup and delivery service is a social-purpose enterprise that employs people with limited job opportunities and helps fund the group’s services. The pickup fee varies, usually starting at about $70. Items can also be dropped off at Furniture Bank, 25 Connell Court in Etobicoke. For more information and to arrange a pickup in the GTA, call 416-934-1229 x 1 or visit . Tax receipts are issued for furniture. The group works with Toronto’s Streets to Homes program as well as with 73 shelters and agencies serving abused women, refugee families, and at-risk youth.
2. The New Mom Project. It was started to provide marginalized families with some basic baby necessities to get them off to a loving start. They collect donations of gently used or new baby items and distribute them to families in need. They are always in need of baby clothes from 0-12 month sizes, baby blankets, small infant toys, nursing supplies, strollers and high chairs. For the month of APRIL (2014), they will have a drop box located at This Little Piggy in the Parkdale Community. They can be found at 1594 Queen Street West and drop off hours are: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm.
3. Habitat for Humanity. Windows, doors, large working appliances such as refrigerators and stoves, kitchen cabinets, sinks, toilets, bathroom vanities, lighting fixtures. Contact the closest Habitat for Humanity ReStorehabitat.ca/ restore or call 416-755-7353. Some ReStores accept dining room sets, armoires and other non-upholstered furniture. In some cases, a ReStore will arrange, with no charge, for a crew to dismantle and remove cabinets, countertops, sinks and other pieces being donated. Tax receipts are issued for some items. ReStore profits fund administrative costs of the Habitat for Humanity affiliate that runs the store, so that other donations go directly to building homes for the needy.
4. Goodwill. Clothing, accessories, books, records, CDs, toys, sports equipment, dishes and utensils, pots and pans, lamps, working electronics including MP3s, TVs, DVD players and VCRs. No pickup service. Drop-off at donation centres. Visit goodwill.on.ca to find the nearest one. Some donation centres accept furniture. Goodwill sorts and sells donated items at its stores. Revenues help create and fund jobs for people facing employment barriers.
5. Red Door Family Shelter. Table and chair sets, sideboards, dressers, night tables, desks, shelving units, coffee and end tables. Furniture is given to clients moving out of shelters or abused women. There’s a pickup fee of $25 to $45 depending on location. For more information, visit reddoorshelter.ca/moving-program or call 416-915-5671 ext. 222. Gently used clothing and household items such as dishes, pots and pans may also be needed. Call 416-915-5671 ext. 234. Drop off is at the head office, 21 Carlaw Ave. in Toronto.
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