Non-Profits that Pick Up Donations for Free

6 local non-profits that pick up your bulk donations for you

Many families who are getting ready to move decide to use their relocation as an opportunity to purge all of their unneeded and outdated belongings.  We’re often asked by our customers if we can make an extra stop to a local non-profit or a waste facility before bringing the rest of their items to their new home.  And while we absolutely don’t mind adding a Point C to the moving day, we also know that scheduling that extra stop can be a pain.  Most Nashville charities require you to schedule an appointment to drop off a massive donation (or even just a few furniture pieces), and most waste facilities do not appreciate or allow free junk drop-offs.

To help your family get rid of these items on your timetable, and to support Nashville non-profits who could use your donations, we decided to compile a list of our favorite charities that offer free pick-up of bulk donations!

1. Safe Haven Family Shelter

Every year, we host a Movers for Moms charity drive benefiting the moms at Safe Haven Family ShelterWe LOVE Safe Haven!  (In fact, we love them so much, we host a giant charity drive called Movers for Moms for them every spring leading up to Mother’s Day.)  Safe Haven is the only family homeless shelter in Middle Tennessee; the other homeless shelters are unfortunately unequipped to accept whole families, and must separate them into Men’s and Women’s & Children’s shelters when they arrive.  Not only does Safe Haven work to find these families new and affordable housing, but this organization also provides assistance in finding employment for the parents, tutoring for the children, counseling services, financial training from the Dave Ramsey program, and basic furniture when the families are ready to move into new housing, all at no cost to the homeless families who enter the shelter.

2. Habitat for Humanity ReStore

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK donates free moving services to families in need with Habitat for HumanityHabitat is another great partner of ours.  While most believe that Habitat for Humanity provides free houses to deserving homeless families, the organization actually provides a zero-interest loan for the families to purchase houses built by Habitat volunteers.  The families are also required to have employment, have adequate earnings to make house payments, go through financial training courses, and participate in the building process before being able to own one of the homes.  The ReStore is a thrift store operated by Habitat volunteers, and all profits support Habitat for Humanity of Middle Tennessee.

3. Catholic Charities of Tennessee

Many of our managers and employees are Catholic, and we love being able to support Catholic Charities’ many amazing local programs that help those in need in Nashville.  While we will often transport donations for Catholic Charities by appointment, they also complete pick-ups every Wednesday morning at no cost!

 

Christmas in July Coat Drive4. ThriftSmart

Our first time working with ThriftSmart was this past July during our Christmas in July Coat Drive!  ThriftSmart is another thrift store, but they sell all types of goods outside of just the furniture and home decor accepted by the ReStore.  All of ThriftSmart’s profits are donated to support Nashville-based charities.  The supported non-profit organizations serve a range of needs, from training Christian leaders in Africa to bringing healthcare to Belize to providing various resources to Middle Tennessee kids in need.  You can find a list of the organizations supported by ThriftSmart here.

5. The Arc Davidson County & Greater Nashville

family7As huge proponents of education in Davidson County, we also appreciate The Arc’s work in our community.  The Arc’s mission is to provide support and advocate for those who suffer from intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We especially love that The Arc works with Metro Nashville Public Schools to provide education of soft skills to students suffering from educational disabilities.

6. World Relief Nashville

This refugee support organization provides invaluable support of families who have escaped hardship in other countries by coming to Nashville.  World Relief provides housing placement, employment services, and youth programs to help refugee families settle as quickly and seamlessly as possible in the Greater Nashville area.

office47. Goodwill of Middle Tennessee

While most people are aware of Goodwill’s thrift stores, fewer know about the Goodwill’s mission as a non-profit organization.  All of the thrift stores’ profits support Goodwill’s Career Solutions Centers, which strive to find employment opportunities for anyone facing barriers to the workforce.  These job applicants could have language barriers, physical or mental disabilities, criminal records, or simply need assistance finding job opportunities and learning job skills.

If none of these non-profit organizations seem to fit your philanthropic goals, or if you have some items to give away that aren’t usable to the organizations listed above, please give us a call!  We would love to help you with any moving needs that come up, including disposal and recycling of items you don’t need anymore.  For further information, please visit our website or give us a call or text at 615-248-6288!

10 Nashville Stores to Furnish Your New Home

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As one of Nashville’s small, local businesses, we love to shop at other local stores to show our support of the community!  If you feel the same way, you’re in the right place.  In no particular order, here are our ten favorite places to find furniture and decor for your new Nashville home:

Nashville Lifestyles magazine interview with Taylor SwiftGilchrist & Gilchrist

Genia, the inspired owner of Gilchrist & Gilchrist, says the “vignettes in my shop are moments of fantasy that can be moved [into] real lives and homes.”  Her eclectic store is routinely highlighted in popular southern magazines, such as Nashville Lifestyles and Southern Living, and is even frequented by Taylor Swift when she’s in town!  You can find this locally-owned shop in the heart of Berry Hill.

2Danes

Those who have a passion for European goods should venture over to Sylvan Park’s 2Danes contemporary showroom.  This furniture store features the latest trends across all categories.  For instance, in addition to offering standard work desks, 2Danes also keeps automated, convertible sit-stand desks in stock; they also carry the latest fashions in Murphy beds and sleeper sofas for those needing instant sleeping spaces for guests.

AshBlue

If you have the “bare bones” furniture for your home and are just looking for some new accessories and decor, AshBlue is the perfect boutique store for you!  This gift shop keeps carved wooden accessories from Africa, designer candles, Cavallini-made Italian frames, and much more for the classy & elegant shopper.  You can find this boutique in Green Hills.

D Luxe Home in NashvilleD. Luxe Home

This downtown home store describes itself as “industrial, glam, and kinda kooky”.  Originally, the space was meant to be an office for Bynum Design, a residential design firm.  But the landlord of the building said he actually wanted to add a retail store into the historic space, so the firm turned it into their showroom.  D. Luxe now offers a variety of furniture pieces, unique decor, and knick-knack accessories that antique and vintage hunters dream of finding.

Northgate Gallery Antiques

Looking for even more antiques for your home?  Northgate Gallery in the Cool Springs area is one of the largest antique storehouses in Nashville.  If you can’t find the specific type of antique you’re hunting for, you can order custom, high-quality reproductions made in England and France.  As you might have guessed, this family-run operation sells their products across the world.

White’s Mercantile

Holly Williams, the daughter of Hank Williams Jr., is also a singer-songwriter in her own right.  She opened White’s Mercantile to show off and sell her favorite products that she’s found on the road while touring.  If you’re looking for shabby chic accessories to add to your bookshelf, or something Southern to add to your living room, this refurbished gas station in the 12th South neighborhood is a must-see!  It’s become a popular shop that sees clients like Holly’s friend Gwyneth Paltrow, and other stars like Nicole Kidman, Faith Hill, and Robert Plant.

The Iron Gate

If you like checking out stores that are frequented by celebrities, The Iron Gate is another great home store to see.  This Franklin showroom is run by Rozanne Jackson Interiors and, according to People, is a favorite among the singers Sheryl Crow, Naomi Judd, and Martina McBride (to name a few).  With decor and furniture ranging from regal to coastal to traditional Southern, there’s a little something offered to every style of shopper.

Reclaimed woodNadeau Nashville

Maybe you’re looking for furniture and art that you know none of your friends will have already.  Nadeau, a showroom tucked behind the 100 Oaks shopping center, features completely unique, handmade pieces for your home.  Many of the wooden items are even made from reclaimed wood, so they already have a story before they reach your home!

Merridian Home Furnishings

Merridian is also located near the 100 Oaks center, and also offers unique, handmade goods from around the world.  Whether you’re looking for a chest to coordinate with your Asian modern theme, or something leather to fit into your man cave, this home goods store will have something to meet your needs.  You can also rest assured that your furniture supplier uses sustainable, environmentally-friendly business practices.

Area 2 Trading Co.

Finally, if you prefer to do all your shopping online, Area 2 Trading Co. is a great way to both buy and sell your furniture and home accessories.  With a background in estate sales, owner Liza Canale realized that consignment stores and estate sales can be a hassle for buyers who want more convenience, and sellers who want to be less involved.  Now this Nashville local inspects each submitted product to ensure authenticity and high quality, and then sells to those looking for pre-loved valuables online.

And when you’re ready to buy, keep Nashville’s local movers in mind to help move out your old furniture and move in the new!  Check us out on our website, or give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for information on our in-home moving services.

Home Decor from Nashville's Stores Pinterest board

Looking for more great, local places to buy your new favorite piece of art or furniture?  Check out our Pinterest board “Home Decor from Nashville’s Stores” to keep searching for that perfect product!