Recently, former labour leader Ed Miliband investigated the rent-to-own furniture companies for the BBC and found that a £358 washing machine could end up costing £1,092.
Paying £10 a week can seem a good option, but getting the cheapest £589 two seater settee or sofa from a rent-to-own company with weekly payments can cost £1560
There is an alternative – a way for anyone to get desirable, good quality items without going into debt and support both the local economy and the environment at the same time.
Local furniture reuse organisations collect donations of pre-loved, quality furniture and sell them at low cost, often offering significant discounts for people referred to them by support organisations.
A two seater sofa can cost as little as £40 with average delivery costs around £5. Items are only accepted in good condition, clean, safe and reusable. If staff at the furniture reuse organisation wouldn’t have them in their own homes they won’t sell them. These local charities, community interest companies and social enterprises don’t have the marketing power of national rent-to-own furniture shops but they have been providing furniture for over 20 years.
And there are many reasons to love pre-loved (reusable) furniture. As well as costing a lot less, it’s typically far more durable than modern furniture and usually has a whole lot more character. It is more likely to ride-out fashions and fads and allows you to create your own style. You will also be doing your bit for the environment.
Appliances such as fridges, freezers and washing machines are fully cleaned, tested.
Furniture reuse organisations help in lots of other ways too. Providing local jobs, training and volunteering opportunities; friendly teams that can help people find what they need without going into debt.
Lower cost, longer lasting, environmentally friendly shopping, keeping money in the local community – that’s why the Furniture Reuse Organisations think preloved furniture is the better option.
So why not join the reuse, recycling and upcycling trend and visit your local furniture reuse organisation.
Background / notes to editors
BBC coverage of rent-to-own
Furniture reuse has a triple benefit and impact – donations of preloved furniture diverts the items from landfill or incineration; provision of preloved furniture enables individuals and families to access great value items. Local furniture reuse organisations provide local jobs, local training and keep money in the local economy.
Contact details for your local furniture reuse organisations are
- Changing Lives in Cheshire – Road Two, Winsford Industrial Estate – 01606 827120
- Cheshire Streetwise – Gilchrist Avenue, Macclesfield – 07469 176811
- Chester Used Furniture Enterprise – Blacon Old Library, Chester – 01244 379293
- Crewe Christian Concern – St Pauls Centre, Crewe – 01270 586186
- Reviive – Mile Oak Industrial Estate, Oswestry – 01691 679817
- SVP Ellesmere Port – Church Parade & Rossmore Road West, Ellesmere Port – 0151 355 0689
- Wesley Community Furniture, Lloyd Street South, Fallowfield – 0161 226 9051
- Wilmslow and District Furniture Recycling – Lacey Green Scout Hut (Fridays only) – 07968 756655
- Tree of Life, Wythenshawe, Greenbrow Road, Newall Green – 0161 489 7018
These organisations are part of the Award Winning Cheshire Furniture Reuse Forum – a group of reuse charities, community interest companies and social enterprises that collect items for free and pass on to individuals and families in need or sell at low cost to their local communities. For more information visit cfrf.org.uk