While you might haul a ripped sofa out to the curb (and make it someone else's problem), IKEA and Goodwill desperately want your old furniture. Not only will they take back your bulky junk, but they're offering some sweet perks in the process.
On Saturday, April 22, IKEA stores across the country will accept old furniture donations from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Goodwill will help unload items and provide receipts in the parking lot, so you can still nab tax credits. Donating customers will also receive a coupon for $20 off a $150 IKEA purchase, so go ahead and replace that dated plaid armchair with a brand-new perch. Better yet, your unloved pieces will help those in need.
It's not just banged-up IKEA furniture, either. The retailer will take pieces from any brand or store, with the exception of mattresses, bedding, children's furniture, toys and lighting.
The " event is celebrating Earth Day, so a few green giveaways are also on the table for IKEA Family members. Enter the sweepstakes and win a or a $100 IKEA gift card. The first 500 card-carrying members will also take home free , but even latecomers can get 20% off bamboo products and 15% off DRACAENA plants. Not a member? Joining the loyalty program is free, and it's a easy way to .
Earlier this year, IKEA's made waves as the Swedish company tested new sustainability measures, such as recycling old mattresses. "There's a perception that products that are affordable are somehow also disposable," Steve Howard, IKEA's Chief Sustainability Officer, told . "We think it's our obligation as a business to make sure there are good channels available for people to resell products that are good and when products are actually finished, those are recycled as well."
While that program starts to take shape, Saturday's event is definitely a step in the right direction. Plus, it's a good excuse to stock up on adorable and those indestructible totes. Chalk it up to a win-win.
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