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3 Ways to Get Rid of Old Office Furniture

Terra SandersTerra Sanders
June 5th, 2023
~ 4 minute read

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Introduction

Whether you're shutting down your office, moving to a new space, just simply downsizing or remodeling, trying to figure out how to get rid of old office furniture is usually a chore.

Just think.

Office furniture companies make it easy and effortless to order, deliver and have items assembled. It's a no hassle system. But on the outgoing end you're responsible for disassembly and proper disposal. To make this process simpler and your job stress free, here are some ways to get rid of used office furniture.

How to get rid of used office furniture:

  1. Donate - Give the items to organizations in exchange for tax deductions.
  2. Liquidate - Have a company sell off the items, quickly, at a considerable discount.
  3. Sell - Use online marketplaces like Facebook to find individual buyers.

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Donate Used Office Furniture

The easiest and most common way to deal with used items is donation. The benefit of donation is that your high-quality items can make it into the hands of new business owners, or individuals, looking for thrifty office furniture. In giving your items to local donation centers you can do just that.

Another route you could go (but would take a bit more leg work) is taking the time to identify organizations in actual need. Small business associations that help lower income individuals to open a store or start a company are a great first start. Also consider organizations that repurpose items and help keep things out of the landfill.

Another benefit to donation is tax deductible write-offs. We've all gotten to tax time and scrambled to figure out our extra deductions. We can never quite remember if we donated last year or not. That being said, if you do go this route be sure to keep your donation receipt.

An obvious downside to donation is that oftentimes, you are responsible for dropping off the item. That could mean lifting big and bulky items and trying to gracefully maneuver them into the trunk. Not the most exciting part of your day. To avoid this, consider searching for organizations that specifically do pickups. Otherwise, consider this as the one downside to donation in light of other benefits.

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Liquidate Office Furniture

According to Shopify liquidation is:

"The process of selling off a companys inventory, typically at a big discount, to generate cash."

Liquidation is the first of two ways we'll list that help you to generate money in exchange for getting rid of your business office furniture. It's essentially selling off a large number of items, sometimes at steep discounts, to get rid of them or to pay creditors when a business closes.

The best course of action would be to hire a business that specializes in liquidation. Chances are if you're liquidating your office furniture, you need it gone quickly and a liquidation company has the expertise to make that happen.

Whatever the circumstances, if you need a lot gone and fast, while also making money, reach out to the specialists.

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Selling Office Furniture

Nowadays, it's not uncommon to sell items online. Some people have even made it into a business. Selling office furniture is similar to liquidation in that you're able to make money from your items.

The advantages of selling lie in the fact that you have a single item and would like the person who buys used office furniture to do the pick-up. Word of mouth may be another great option, as well as giving your employees and coworkers a first chance at taking it off your hands, but online marketplaces are probably the best route.

The listings are simple to setup (just a few words and some well taken photos) and easy to take down once you have a buyer. Craigslist and Facebook marketplace are top of mind and the latter also makes it easy to sell and post in groups specifically dedicated to used items. This opens up your used office furniture to a whole world of people looking to buy what you're selling.

If you're involved in a total remodel or refresh of your office space, an office furniture sale is another great option. Think garage sale but for a company. People love deals so getting to browse normally out-of-budget items on a Saturday afternoon might be a good go-to.

Whichever way you go about it, being able to make money and avoid delivery and disassembly are huge pluses.

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Conclusion

If you want to get rid of your old office furniture, want to keep it out of landfills as much as possible and find it a nice new home, but in the simplest way possible, consider:

  • The things you are willing to do and what you want to avoid completely.
  • Whether giving or getting a little extra cash is more important.
  • The timeframe you have to do it in.

You can't go wrong with any of the options, but instead you have complete freedom over how you send your used items back out into the world.

Did you know we do Liquidation? (Hint: it's in the name) Checkout our liquidation page for all of the details.


Terra Sanders
About The Author

Terra Sanders, the newest addition to the Madison Liquidators team, uses her background in digital marketing, content strategy and SEO to craft thoughtful and engaging articles. She writes in a way that appeals to customers through interesting information that can help them on their office furniture buying journey.

Terra Sanders

Terra Sanders, the newest addition to the Madison Liquidators team, uses her background in digital marketing, content strategy and SEO to craft thoughtful and engaging articles. She writes in a way that appeals to customers through interesting information that can help them on their office furniture buying journey.