Your kids don’t want your old furniture or china. Over the last couple of years, you’ve probably seen, there has been much discussion and many articles written about the wake up call to baby boomers and the greatest generation about how millennials are entering into different relationships with furniture and what we used to consider collectibles.
So what to do about it? Perhaps you are the child, who needs to clean out your aging parents home, and get rid of their antiques and old furniture. Perhaps you are the one who is thinking about the future of your old furniture, and your china, and figurines? Here is what some experts are saying, and how we can help!
This New York Times article is a helpful piece to read and might motivate you to rethink your current plan of handing things down to your children.
Your next generation does not want your old furniture
A great resource is Elizabeth Stewart’s book, No Thanks Mom: The Top Ten Objects Your Kids Do NOT Want (and what to do with them) She directly calls out your old furniture:
No. 5: Heavy, Dark, Antique Furniture
There is still a market for this sort of furniture, and that market, in the fashionable areas of the U.S., is most often the secondhand shop. You’ll receive less than a quarter of purchase price if you sell on consignment in one. Unless your furniture is mid-century modern, there’s a good chance you will have to pay someone to take it off your hands.
Remedy: Donate it and take a non-cash charitable contribution using fair market valuation.
At West Coast Junk We are committed to donating and recycling all reusable materials. We work closely with many charities and recycling facilities to help people in need and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.
Marni Jameson, author of Downsizing the Family Home – What to Save and What to Let Go also offers some sage advice, our favorite being:
Accept that stuff has a lifespan: When your kids rebuff your stuff, remember, your (fill in the blank) has served its useful life — for you. If it’s still useful, sell or donate it to someone who wants it.
We can help get rid of your old furniture
We understand there is often an emotional connection that you may have with your furniture. Sweet memories are often attached to furniture, they are pieces you chose to bring into your most special place, your home! Our team of strong and experienced haulers will come and take it away for you, taking care of both your home, and your old furniture, so that it can be out of your life, and onto it’s next one!
It is very much about letting go, and saying goodbye to your old furniture, and we can help you do that. We have the relationships in place to find a home for your old furniture without dumping it on the sidewalk.
Book directly online, or, for immediate service, give us a call or send us a text, at (925)785-6727.