If your trash collectors are anything like mine, you’ll probably agree with me that they ought to just wear skirts to work. I mean, they are picky about what they will pick up. Nothing too large, too heavy, nor anything that isn’t wrapped up neatly with a tidy little bow. Puh-lease.
So what to do with that big musty old couch? Hmm. Let’s look at a few ideas. Here’s a list of ten ways to get rid of an old couch:
- Free to Good Home – Depending on the traffic on your street, this may be a fairly quick way to see that sofa off. Put a “Free Sofa” sign on it at the curb and wait.
- Sell It – There’s something psychological about placing a dollar value on something that makes it seem more valuable to people. Price it to sell, and put a for sale sign on it instead. I’ve heard anecdotal stories of things disappearing shortly after a Free sign was replaced with a For Sale sign.
- Donate It – If it’s still in fairly decent shape, this could be an option for Goodwill Industries or a local shelter. Call around to charities in your area listed in the yellow pages. Some of them may even pick up.
- Post It Online – Take advantage of your social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Put up a message and post some pics of that couch.
- Advertise – Laundromats, the local college, coffee shops. Think about where people who may be looking to furnish an apartment cheap would be hanging out, and get the word to them.
- Swap It – If you’re getting rid of an old one to replace it with a new one, check whether the store you’re buying from will pick up the old one.
- Consignment Store – If there’s a consignment store in your area, you may be able to have them sell it for you. Clean it up and let them handle the rest.
- Furniture Bank – Some cities have furniture banks which will accept donated furniture for resale. Check your local listings and see if there’s one near you, and if so, whether they pick up.
- CraigsList – Place an ad for your area on CraigsList, either for free or priced to sell fast. You’d be surprised how many calls and/or emails can result.
- 1800gotjunk.com – As a last resort, you can usually find some outfit like these folks in your area who will pick up your trash for a nominal fee. If you just want to see it gone, and haven’t had luck with the other options, this one just may be the ticket for you.