There are many charity shops and reuse projects that welcome donations of furniture, white goods and other household equipment in good condition. Soft furnishings must have fire labels attached, except for antiques. Most also sell items to raise funds.
The following charities/organisations offer collection services:
Bethany Christian Trust: T: 0131 561 8930
Blythswood Care: 0131 664 9353
British Heart Foundation: 0131 313 5325
Edinburgh Furniture Initiative: T: 0131 557 7900
For more information about where to donate and buy items check the Edinburgh Charity Shop and Reuse Map on the Changeworks website or request a copy.
Edinburgh Furniture Initiative (EFI) is part of Four Square a charity that support people who are homeless across Edinburgh. EFI sells a wide range of good quality used furniture, appliances and homeware. EFI can collect your unwanted furniture and electrical goods for free and can deliver purchases for £20 anywhere within Edinburgh. People who are being supported through charities because they are homeless or at risk of homelessness, can receive a 15% discount on items. People must attend with their support worker to obtain this discount.
5 Bankhead Medway
T: 0131 450 3900
9:00am to 5:00pm (Mon-Fri) 10:00am to 4:00pm (Sat and Sun)
National Reuse Line - Scotland
If you have large items at home that you no longer need and are still in good condition, you can have them collected for FREE by calling the National re-use phone line. They will arrange for a local re-use organisation to collect your item and pass it on to someone else. Call or register using their online form.
T: 0800 0665 820
Impact Arts accept furniture in reasonable condition to use in their arts projects. Please call them to arrange collection.
T: 0131 661 9102
Donate good quality household items at the Reuse Cabins at the Community Recycling Centres in Edinburgh. Items will be distributed to various charities. See Community Recycling Centres Edinburgh.
Some items of furniture could be repaired rather than having to buy something new. For local contacts check the Yellow Pages under 'furniture repair and restoration' or 'upholsterers' or see W: www.yell.com.
Get your furniture re-upholstered with a local Edinburgh service, Absolute Upholstery. They do local suite and chair repairs.
T: 0131 662 6644
Learn how to repair and upcycle your own furniture at a workshop at one of the following Edinburgh-based organisations:
Craft Scotland (workshops in Edinburgh) www.craftscotland.org/whats-on/learn-craft/
Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire www.makerfaireedinburgh.com
Make Do & Mend – Whale Arts (Wester Hailes) www.whalearts.co.uk/what-we-do/
Tribe Porty (Portobello) tribeporty.org
Or buy some fabulous local upcycled furniture at:
CRNS in Stirling crns.org.uk/shop/
Fantoosh Furniture www.fantooshfurniture.co.uk
Grassmarket Furniture grassmarket.org/furniture/
Vintage & Reclaimed www.vintagereclaimed.co.uk
For furniture that cannot be reused, call your local council for the special uplift service. See Local Councils. There is likely to be a charge for this service. Or take to your local Community Recycling Centres for disposal. See COMMUNITY RECYCLING CENTRES.
Auctions, antique shops, second-hand shops, car boot sales and the classified section in your local paper are other ways to buy and sell second-hand furniture. For local contacts check the Yellow Pages or see W: www.yell.com.
Revolve is the accredited reuse network for Scotland. Check the website or phone CRNS to see if your local reuse centre has joined the Revolve reuse network.
T: 01786 469 002
Advertise for free any items you would like to give away or items you would like on Gumtree, Freegle or Freecycle. See Exchange schemes.
Recycling First Warehouse accepts and sells furniture and white goods (no carpets or gas items). A collection service is available.
Unit 12A, Macmerry Industrial Estate, Tranent EH33 1RD
T: 01875 615 797
The Midlothian Advice and Re-source Centre (MARC) is a community based social enterprise that collects unwanted furniture and white goods and provides them to families in the community on low income at a reduced or no cost. Items can also be collected.
They also run a community shop at 6 North Wynd, Dalkeith where refurbished furniture and electrical equipment can be purchased. Electrical goods are fully P.A.T tested. A furniture removal service is also offered.
10 Woodburn Road
T: 0131 663 8888
HomeAid collects and redistributes household furniture and electrical goods (no gas items).
Bethany Christian Trust collects furniture and white goods from the Musselburgh area.
T: 0131 561 8930