Westwood Furniture

Many customers find themselves stumped by this problem. Good news! There are a variety of solutions contained in these pages. The first step is
to make a realistic assessment of the quality and condition of what you have now. Are they
(1) Heirloom Condition and Quality, (2) Good Quality that
has been Gently Used
, or (3) Showing signs of wear? That assessment will determine its final disposition.

Heirloom Condition and Quality
This is very fine furniture that was expensive when it was purchased and has been meticulously cared for. On wood furniture there should be a nearly flawless finish, all doors, drawers and leaves work easily, and all original knobs and pulls are in place. Upholstered furniture should be in “like new” condition, no wear, fading or stains.

If your furniture fits this description you may be able to sell it! Possibilities include: (1) Putting an ad in the “Penny Saver”, the “Swap” section of your local paper or the Want Advertiser magazine found at convenience stores. (2) Consignment stores will pick up your furniture, put it on display, sell it for you and return a percentage of the proceeds. Look for them in the phone book under Consignment and Resale Shops. (3) You can also sell it outright to a used furniture store. Look for them under Furniture-used.

Good Quality that has been Gently Used
This is good quality furniture that has had some use but is in very good condition for its age.

Does your wood furniture have very few scratches or nicks, everything works and nothing is missing or broken?

Is your upholstered furniture not worn through anywhere, have no rips, cuts, frayed welt (cording), pulls, obvious stains or fading? Have the cushions kept their shape and firmness? Are the frames and springs still problem free?

If so, your furniture has great value to someone else. Charitable organizations, which assist the homeless, will put your things to excellent use. Many will schedule a pick up at your home or you can drop things at their collection centers. All will give you a receipt for your donation that may save you some money as a tax deduction come April 15! A list of such organizations is attached.

Showing signs of wear
Furniture of any quality that has signs of hard use and wear is ready for “permanent resolution”. If fabric is faded, stained or starting to show wear, if parts are cracked, missing or broken, it is time to dispose of it. What can you do?

Call your Town Hall. If you have regular trash pick up, it is likely that there is accommodation for disposal of large pieces of furniture.

Call a trash hauler. In the yellow pages under Trash removal, Rubbish removal, or Garbage removal there are companies that will haul away almost anything. Usually they charge based on the volume of the pieces, not the weight. For example, plan on paying from $100 to $200 for a sofa.

Please remember that none of these organizations will accept worn, torn, faded or stained items. They cannot
accept items that are broken, in need of repair, reupholstering or with missing parts. Most will accept general
household items like linens, flat ware, pots and pans, etc. Their websites will generally list what is needed most
and what they cannot accept. Most are scheduling 2 to 4 weeks ahead.

The Salvation Army - http://www.dispatch.boston@use.salvationarmy.org
For pick up scheduling call a location below. This organization does both in home pick ups and has drop off centers. Call 4 to 6 weeks in advance of when you may need items picked up. Donated goods are given directly to the needy or sold through their Thrift Stores to fund their co-educational residential alcohol and drug treatment programs. They cannot accept water beds or mattresses and box springs. You may also call the nearest Thrift Store directly:

Boston/Saugus - 781.231.0803, rt. 1, 209 Broadway, Saugus
Brockton – 508.586.1187, 281 N Main Street
Springfield – 413.785.1921, 285 Liberty Street
Worcester – 508.799.0520, 72 Cambridge Street

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless - http://www.mahomeless.org - 781.595.7570, ext. 20 Jennifer
Pick up available. Since 1986, the Coalition has been helping thousands of formerly homeless and at risk households through its Furniture Bank. They gladly accept monetary donations for their efforts. They will pick up in most towns inside rt. 495 with 2 to 3 weeks notice, sometimes within a couple of days. They will take mattresses and box springs less than 10 years old and in clean condition.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul - http://www.svdpboston.com - 800.675.2882, ext 2 or 781.341.4455
There must be a minimum of three pieces for a pick up. No mattresses/box springs, entertainment centers, sleep sofas, or china cabinets.

My Brother’s Keeper - http://www.mybrotherskeeper.org/furniture.htm - 508 238 7512 (Easton Facility / South Shore) or 774 305 4577 (Dartmouth Facility / South Coast)
A volunteer Christian ministry located in Easton which delivers basic furniture items in very good condition to families in need on the Southern Massachusetts. They will take mattresses and box springs (twin, full, and queen) less than 10 years old and in clean condition. They will not pick up buffets or china cabinets, desks, or cedar chests. The Easton facility does not do pickups from late November to late December.

Mission of Deeds, Inc - http://www.missionofdeeds.org - 781 944 9797
Located in Reading, this organization donates home furnishings to those in need on the North Shore. They will pick up in any town contiguous to Reading. Drop offs may be made at their facility at 6 Chapin Avenue, which is off rt. 28. Please call ahead! They not accept sofa beds, large entertainment centers, platform beds or mattresses and box springs

Household Goods, Inc. - www.householdgoods.org - 978.635.1710 x4
They provide a full range of furniture and other household items free of charge to people in need. Pickup is available in Acton and the surrounding towns. Please see website for details.  Drop off donations at 530 Main Street (Route 27) in Acton on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9 - Noon. Mattresses, Box Springs and sofa beds are accepted if in good condition.


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