So you want to give your company a new image — something a little more modern. You’ve done a little shopping for sleek new desks, streamlined tables and reception furniture that says “we’re an innovative, forward-looking company” (whatever that looks like). The problem is, now you have an office full of furniture you don’t need anymore. Before fueling a parking lot bonfire with dated chairs and wobbly tables, check out these options for what to do with old office furniture.
Just because you hate those boring, navy blue (and slightly tweedy) office chairs, doesn’t mean someone else won’t love them — and even love them enough to pay you for them. If you’d like to make a buck to help pay for your fancy new furniture, there are several places you can hawk the old stuff. Check out an office furniture liquidator like Arnolds Office Furniture, which buys entire offices worth of furniture. If you only have a few items that need new homes — a reception couch that sinks a little in the middle or some extra filing cabinets — try Craigslist or taking out a classified ad in your local newspaper. Or, if you’re willing to give up a Saturday morning, try hosting a yard sale (or parking lot sale, if your office is missing a yard).
If don’t want to go to the trouble of figuring out how much that old wooden desk is worth and you like warm fuzzy feelings, try donating it. There are plenty of places that might accept your gently used equipment, including the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries (And, bonus, you can get a tax write off). You could also call your local community theater — who knows, your desk could have a starring role in the next performance of “Death of a Salesman.” Other sites to check out include facilitycycle.com and nationalfurniturebank.org.
Just kidding. Unless your fax machine has been destroyed by a pack of enraged bat-wielding employees ala “Office Space” or your recent round of office olympics has rendered your rolling chairs unrollable (and unsittable), avoid the landfill at all costs. According the the Evironmental Protection Agency, 8.8 million tons of usable office equipment ends up in landfills every year. If you ask us, that’s 8.8 million tons too many. Do we really want your children, grand children, great grand children, etc. being forced to build homes or playgrounds on top of dented file cabinets and Sharpie stained conference tables? If you’re still not convinced, we recommend ordering “Wall-E” on Netflix.
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