Are you looking to move? Donating your unwanted furniture, pre-loved clothes or books can not only help those in need, but it can make moving easier.
Moving house in Melbourne? Well while you are at it, look at all the stuff you don’t need to move! The more you have to relocate to your new pad, the more money it will cost to transit. Plus, you're pretty sure your current colour scheme is not going to fit your knew lifestyle. Oh, and then there is the fact that you have just become painfully aware at how much you have actually been living in excess, and really – someone else could be grateful to find that third pair of Doc Martens, that “just in case” extra bed, and those books you probably will never read again! Moving is the ultimate time to assess what you can pass along for a second life, to create positive karma, and better Feng Shui!
Here are a few great organisations in Melbourne that go the extra effort to take your pre loved goods and old furniture and make new lives!
Moving is the best time to downsize your belongings.
This charity is focused particularly on providing for at-risk families with babies and school aged children to aid the day to day demands of family life. The mission is to provide safety, opportunity and dignity for Victorian children that need support specific to the needs of babies, toddlers, and young children. They will receive and repurpose donations that are of a good quality and in working condition and adhere to Australian safety standards. In turn, this aids the future of all children by reducing waste and helping the sustainable environment.
Babies and young children can definitely be tough on their stuff, but sometimes it survives, or sometimes there are things you have acquired that you just didn’t use and are virtually brand spanking new! If you are moving with young kids, now is the time to go through what you have and take stock of what you don’t use and re-home your children's items. There are many families in Melbourne that are marginalised and their needs are many, you can give the things you no longer want to St Kilda Mums and they will re-distribute them according to need. But they should be in the best condition and in a state that you would happily and proudly pass on to a friend. Here is a list of some of the items that you can donate to St Kilda Mums, babies need lots of things and this list is not exhaustive. Check it out here.
St Kilda Mums collect good quality items for babies up to primary school age children.
Unfortunately, this local and small not-for-profit do not have the capacity to collect, but if you are organised and care enough about the specific cause you can book a drop off appointment. There are also a number of volunteers in Melbourne who host drop off points at their homes and businesses, you can find that list here.
You can also post or courier items.
Check out the St Kilda Mums website.
West Welcome Wagon, or WWW, supports asylum seekers from over 30 different countries who have newly arrived in the western suburbs of Melbourne by providing them with re-purposed essential living items. Many people who are seeking asylum haven’t obtained the right to work and are on micro incomes while paying rent, WWW have supplied beds, food drops, children’s bundles, bikes – and more.
As always, any unwanted items you donate should be it tip top order – some of the common items WWW collect are listed below:
You will need to email [email@example.com] the organisation with the details of your donation and arrange transportation. More about what and how to donate to WWW can be found in their Donation Guidelines.
Currently WWW only operate in the western suburbs of Melbourne covering Brimbank, Maribyrnong, Hobsons Bay, and Windham. Here’s a map of the areas they operate.
A free collection service is available for large items but you need to arrange this in advance as it can take a few weeks for it to be possible, if you have a specific date you need the collection by you can let them know however and they will do what they can to accommodate you.
Check out the West Welcome Wagon website here.
WWW works in Melbourne's west.
This non profit is on a mission to ease the pressures on homeless people in Melbourne. The money that is raised from items sold in their op-shops go towards meal kitchens and a range of other social programs tailored to the specific, sensitive needs of the homeless. You can read about all the amazing work they do in the Melbourne community here.
The Sacred Heart Mission have an op-shop network that is a major support to the work the Mission does. You can donate furniture, household items, bric-a-brac, books, shoes, clothes, and accessories. You can deliver them to one of the many stores during opening hours, a list of store locations can be seen here.
While most items are considered, there are items they cannot accept including mattresses, baby cots/car seats/nursery furniture, analogue TVs, TV units, large desks, textbooks/encyclopedias, printers/scanners, or curtains/blinds/coat hangers.
Yes! You can request a collection of your furniture donation and a free pick-up will be arranged in a timely manner with one of the Mission’s trucks from Monday to Saturday. Call (03) 8658 1698 between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm or submit your request online.
Many non profit organisations are open to a range of donations.
Working for an Australia free of poverty, the Brotherhood of St Laurence raise funds and support social justice services to prevent and alleviate poverty across Australia. One of the ways they do this is by operating a network of op-shops across Melbourne.
While there is no real list of items that they specifically accept they do specify that all donations should be in good condition, be undamaged, cleaned and sanitised, and something that you would be proud to give to someone you know. They do, however, have a list of items that are unacceptable donations which include:
More specific information can be found here.
Donate your goods in person by delivering them to one of their many stores in and around Melbourne during business hours. Don’t drop goods off outside of business hours (this goes for all charities) as they can get stolen or weather damaged and cause hazard to volunteers and the public. This organisation does not operate a pickup service.
Your pre loved fashions can become someone else's new look.
People Who Care recruit volunteers (i.e., people who care) of all skillsets to provide services to many different marginalised groups by arranging practical support and developing resilient communities. They do this by organising people to help with tasks such as home maintenance, gardening, transport and encouraging social community participation. They essentially recruit willing volunteers and match them with people that need those skills, and one of their fundraising mechanisms is to operate five op-shops in Melbourne – but they will also donate goods directly to those who are starting out again from nothing.
People Who Care will accept donations of good quality furniture, house-hold goods, or clothing. You need to complete an online form detailing your donation and then you will be contacted by the sorting area. Once you have organised your items, you can arrange to drop them off at their donation depot in Bayswater, or you may be able to arrange a pickup.
Their website mentions that you can arrange pickup so contact the organisation via their online form for more information, they will respond within 5 business days.
Check out the People Who Care website here.
There is no doubt that in these current times life is tough for many Australians. Without organisations like these that are constantly working to deliver for people who slip through the cracks of mainstream society, we’d be a much worse off community. Non profit organisations are at the grassroots of activism and action and work tirelessly to form links between people who need help and those that wish to give help. How easy it can be for you to contribute to this web of well-meaning people, just by thinking outside the box when planning the big move, you can be organised and caring with some forethought and compassion.
If you find that you have items that are more in the category of "trash", check out our Rubbish Removal article.
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