As part of your home or office moving preparation, you’ve probably come across furniture and items that you no longer need, want or use in your new home.
And while these items may no longer have a place in your life, most of the time they’re perfectly functional pieces with years of use remaining.
So it’s worth spending a bit of time considering where and how to pass these unwanted items on responsibly. Not only to reduce the number of things going to landfill, but to also assist someone who may not otherwise be able to afford it.
There are a number of charities in Geelong that will readily accept donations of good-condition furniture and personal items. These items are either resold to raise funds for charitable activities, or given directly to families in need.
Here are a few of the places you can get in touch with donate your unwanted items and give them a second life.
The Salvation Army is one of the most well-known charities in Australia and it accepts donations of items in good condition at their stores across Geelong.
For larger items, they also provide free collection from your home or business. For more information or to schedule a pick up, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).
The Brotherhood of St Laurence was originally founded in Melbourne in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Now operating across Victoria, they welcome donations of furniture, homewares, electrical items, books and clothing.
To make a donation, they recommend calling ahead at one of their stores to check availability before dropping by. You can also phone 1300 DONATE (1300 366 283) to book a collection.
Geelong Mums is a small grassroots collective that works to provide families with new and pre-loved baby and children’s items to ensure that kids get the best start in life. They accept clothes, furniture, prams and toys that meet specific standards.
Located in South Geelong, they accept donations by appointment only. You can also arrange for local pickup of your donations at a cost of $15 (to cover courier costs). Visit their website for a detailed list of what items they accept as well as instructions on how to donate.
Towels and blankets in good condition can be donated to GAWS for use in their shelter. They also accept donations of animal enrichment toys, unopened food and cat beds.
GAWS also operate a small op shop at 63 Vines Road, Hamlyn Heights and accept donations of clothes and other household items.
After sorting through your items and donating what you can, what’s left over can be collected through the City of Greater Geelong hard rubbish collection.
You can book up to two collections each financial year for each residential address and can leave out up to three cubic metres of items. Accepted items include whitegoods, furniture, mattresses (one per collection), electrical items, and other old and unwanted household items.
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