30 Jul

Idiom: Recycle

Picture1Toilet paper made from yesterday’s news. Computers made from clunkers. New tin cans made from old tin cans.

Recycling is a good thing, most of the time. Furniture recycling, however, is not a good thing for you. We’re not talking about making microfibers from plastic pop bottles, or advocating filling landfills with still-good stuff. What you don’t want is Ms. Jones recycling her old furniture when she buys new.

Sometimes Ms. Jones moves up or adds on, but mostly she just moves stuff around. Most furniture purchases are replacements of existing pieces in the home. She needs to take that old furniture and put it out of its misery. You want her to say, “Sionara!” to sagging mattress sets and, “Ciao, baby!” to crappy couches. 

Do you remove old furniture? What charities in your community could use gently-used goods? How do you help Ms. Jones free up square footage for fantastic new furniture?

2 thoughts on “Idiom: Recycle

  1. Barton Bienenstock

    Try the Furniture Bank. All the information can be obtained from David Espinozo at 718-875-5353. All furniture in good condition will be picked up by them or a participating dealer and distributed to Partners for the Homeless.

  2. David Lively

    Barton, thank you for this great advice. Is David Espinozo the national director or only for the NYC area? It is our profound hope that the NFB organization can become a strong force that solves the problem for the poor and needy as well as the problem that every retailer who delivers furniture has- what to do with perfectly good stuff.


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