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Charities and social enterprises are a great source of free or low-cost secondhand furniture and household items.
They collect items donated by the general public and resell at low prices to raise money for other activities. Items include:
Some also sell new goods at reduced prices for those on low incomes or benefits with the option of a repayment or credit union scheme.
There are also projects that distribute disability equipment such as riser recliner chairs and mobility aids.
With your help we hope to create an awesome resource of organisations who distribute low cost household items. This will help individuals, families and professionals who support anyone in need.
The map below shows the location these organisations in the UK that we are know about.
Click on the individual markers to find out about an organisation. The link provided will take you to more information.
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Emmaus is a homeless charity that provides beds for the night to people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.
The organisation collects second hand furniture and household items for resale.
There is a network of stores around the country.
The Salvation Army run Furniture recycling/reuse projects around the country to fund its work and reduce landfill. It offers the items for sale at an affordable price.
Collection of unwanted items is usually free.
The Salvation Army's Survivors Support Fund provides essential items including clothing and household items to survivors of modern slavery.
The Sue Ryder Charity collect donated furniture including sofas, table, wardrobes, beds and small electrical items.
There is a free collection service which can be booked online.
The British Heart Foundation run dedicated second hand furniture and electrical stores.
Prices range from £95 for a sofa to £60 for a washing machine. There is a 10% discount for students.
Use their online search box to find your local store.
The Refuse Network is a national network of organisations committed to recycling and reusing unwanted goods to protect the environment.
The organisations collect donated items and often collect them for free. Some sell the items as part of their fundraising for other activities while others make them available to individuals on low income.
You can use their search box on the Reuse Network to find a service in your area.