Here are a few organizations that offer free pickup and drop-off of your living, dining and bedroom furniture in good-condition furniture. Most only require 1-2 weeks’ notice for pick up, though surely they fill up well in advance around moving season. Links to organization websites in RED. Note: only organizations marked with * take mattresses. This includes sofa beds.
For free pickup use their online pickup form or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.
For free pickup use their online form or call (617) 309-7220.
Drop-off good items at 563 Mass Ave, Cambridge, from 12 noon-7pm.
MIT Student Furniture Exchange
For free pick up of large donations only email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 253-4293.
Drop-off good items at 350 Brookline St, Cambridge, Tues/Thurs 10am-4pm and 1st Saturday of the month 10am-1pm. No mattresses, box springs, drop-side cribs, used stuffed animals, or old TVs.
For free pickup use their online form or call (888) 322-8209.
Drop-off good items at Savers in West Roxbury, 1230 Veterans of Foreign Wars Parkway, Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm.
Open hours: 9am-2pm: Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 978-441-WISH (9474)
Accept clean, stain-free mattresses and beds including bunk beds trundle sets, toddler beds, cribs (fixed side), cots. No king sized and no platform beds. Directions to 1A Foundry St, Lowell: Route 3 to 495 to Lowell Connector to Plain St. south for 0.4 miles. Turn Right Foundry St.
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
**PICKUPS ARE TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE**
Items must be clean and usable. Accept: kitchen tables & chairs, couches & sofa chairs, ottomans, hutches, end tables, coffee tables, bed frames, dressers, bookshelves, cabinets, rugs, lamps, dishes, pots & pans, and blankets & linens. Your donation helps low-income and formerly homeless families furnish their apartments at no cost to them. 781-595-7570 x13.
Last Minute Options?
If you’ve totally put this off till the last minute and can’t arrange for a heroic pick up, you have other options:
- Sell or give good-condition stuff away for free at Craig’s List or Freecycle. Postings are free, most do better with a photo. Last resort, put a “Curb Alert” notice on Craig’s List with a photo, noting what time it will be at the curb for trash collection (no earlier than 6pm the day before), an exact location and you’ll be shocked how quickly it’ll disappear!
- The city trash crews will pick up ONE piece of furniture per week. Remember, it’s heading to the landfill or incinerator if you choose this route, so, if it’s usable and is in good condition, please see what you can do to arrange a rescue! If it’s a ripped, torn, stained, about-to-fall-apart mess…unfortunately it probably is trash!