Waste Less, Live More with great furniture
This week is Waste Less, Live More week, a week when you can do one thing, big or small – that supports both people and the environment.
This week we’d like you to consider how you can spend less on buying brand new stuff but still buy great quality things you’re proud to have in your home. By giving you a short tour of some of the places in West London you can buy pre-loved furniture we’d like to introduce you to the fantastic world of great quality with smaller price tags than you’ll find in high streets and retail parks.
Fill your home with furniture!
Whether you’re renting or have bought a home we all love our furniture and find it hard to live without it. You may think that you already have too much choice with all the large furniture shops and catalogue retailers but there’s so much more too!
There are lots of ways to get hold of second-hand furniture – online through websites like ebay, freegle and Pre-Loved, buying from adverts in the local paper or from local charities that accept furniture. You may think that just because someone else didn’t want the furniture that it will be ugly, broken or dirty but that’s simply not the case. In fact, you’ll probably be surprised at the high quality, affordable, clean and often unique items you can find that aren’t available anywhere else.
Yet another great thing about any of the local charities is that with a constantly changing range of items you’re likely to find a few items that you love even if you have no space for them at home right now. So it’s always worth popping in for a visit just to see what has come in through the door that week!
Once you’ve made your choice they’ll all deliver, for a very reasonable charge just like any of the big shops but you’ll not have to wait 8 weeks for the delivery of your new sofa or have to build the wardrobe when it arrives in your bedroom.
Where you can buy locally
We’re going to take a whistle stop tour of 6 local charities that stock a wide range of furniture items that you can go in and buy furniture from today if you wanted to. All of which offers a great range of household furniture and low prices.
A short hop over the Hammersmith and Fulham border in the W12 Centre there is a shop filled with an astonishing range of furniture, some items are more quirky than others and none of them can be found in other retailers. It’s also very affordable. On average you can buy an entire bed (frame and mattress) for around £50 and wardrobe for £20-£30.
Tucked away at the end of a quiet residential road in the Fulwell area the unassuming building offers a surprising experience as you open the door and discover a world of quality. Not only can you pick up sofas for as little as £30 you’ll also discover traditional wood furniture and beautifully reconditioned items made into unique like-new pieces of furniture by their talented local apprentices and local craftsmen.
Another unassuming building in the middle of a housing estate the former scout hall has a lot more room than you’d imagine for a huge range of good quality furniture. From bookcases to sofas there’s a huge choice of colours and wood types located in the little rooms of this shop. As an added bonus they’re open 2 Saturdays a month.
Easy to get to on public transport the shop on the busy Kenton Road stocks all types of furniture and also tests electrical items so you can pick up a bargain lamp or fridge whilst you’re there. Open 6 days a week you can easily pop in to pick up a bargain.
With 2 shops in Uxbridge and Hayes you can choose where you go or visit both. Situated near the busy pedestrianised Uxbridge High Street the largest shop is light and airy with fully stocked with most things you need to set up a fully functioning home. In addition you can also purchase reconditioned furniture which is completely unique.
Located in a brightly painted warehouse on the A4 this furniture warehouse is a total surprise. A massive space filled with a huge number of items for indoor and outdoor living including all the white goods you need (washing machines from £60) and a few quirky things that have to be seen to be believed. With later opening on a Monday evening you can also head along after work.
What do others say
We decided to ask around our small office (6 people) for a couple of stories showing why our staff love pre-loved furniture. If you have a story to tell we’d love to hear from you – email <link to contact us page>, facebook or send us a tweet @westlondonwaste.
Sarah, Waste Minimisation Coordinator
‘I’ve bought a lot of second-hand furniture and love that I work with so many places now. My first piece of second-hand furniture was a 3-piece suite bought 11 years ago for £43. I couldn’t afford to buy new as I’d just moved out of home. I still have 2 pieces that are so comfy and seem to have aged better than the 1 year old brand new sofa we have. The third piece didn’t fit through the door of a house I lived in so I had to give it up which was devastating. My latest purchase is a bookcase to fit a tight space in a 1950’s house, couldn’t find a new one to fit so it was a perfect find.’
Adam, Re-ward Club & Waste Prevention Assistant
‘Before I started working in waste prevention, second hand furniture didn’t come to mind. But, on the one occasion since starting work here I’ve needed something, a bedside table, being able to get a nice little one for £5 was great. Something similar and brand new would have cost at least double the price and I’d have to put it together!’
Collect Re-wards for not buying new
There is also the added benefit that if you are a resident of London Borough of Brent, Richmond or Hounslow you can even be rewarded for buying at schemes such as these! The Re-ward Club re-wards you for not buying new, giving you a £5 voucher that you can either spend or donate to a local community group.
For more information of Re-ward Club visit www.re-ward.me, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8150 9546