Reuse: Furniture and appliances reuse
Instead of throwing usable unwanted furniture and household appliances away, you can arrange to have suitable items collected and re-used by local furniture reuse projects.
Furniture and appliances collected by these groups are provided at low cost to members of the community on restricted incomes. Engage in Alcombe has a dual pricing systems so everyone can buy furniture for reuse.
Only reusable furniture and appliances can be accepted, although in some cases minor repairs can be undertaken. Items not suitable for reuse can be taken to Somerset’s Recycling Centres or Community Recycling Sites or can be collected for a fee, which can be arranged by your local council customer services.
Details for reuse groups in Somerset are shown below.
Sedgemoor Furniture Store
Unit 10, Wills Estate, Salmon Parade, Bridgwater, TA6 5JT
Mon to Thu – 10.00 to 5.00
Fri – 10.00 to 4.00
Sat – 10.00 to 2.00
Closed Bank Holidays and Sundays
Furnitrust (Home Furniture Services Trust)
Former Priorswood Library, Eastwick Road, Taunton, TA2 7HD
Tue to Fri – 9.30 to 3.15
Closed Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays
Engage Furniture Reuse Project
Ground Floor, Alcombe Village Hall, Marshfield Road, Alcombe, TA24 6AQ
Tue to Fri – 9.30 to 2.30
Sat – 10.00 to 2.00
Closed Monday & Sunday
Closed Bank Holidays
A whole range of furniture and household items, including electrical appliances, can be accepted, but you will need to contact your local reuse group to check if they can reuse your item. They must be in reasonable condition and furniture such as sofas must be made of the suitable fire resistant material now required by law.
For a list of items accepted by the Furniture re-use groups, please click on the links below:
Other charity outlets
A number of charity shops sell donated good quality furniture alongside bric-a-brac, books and clothing.
The British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical store in Taunton can offer free collection of unwanted furniture and electrical items for sale to raise funds. Contact them on 0844 248 9122 or visit BHF.org.uk for queries or to arrange a collection.
St Margaret’s Hospice can offer free collection of these and other items, if of good quality and in working order, though their central booking number 01935 410126: furniture, electrical items (not white goods), bedding and linens, crockery, clothing, ornaments and bric-a-brac.
A new sharing service in Frome
The average drill is used for only 13 minutes in its entire lifetime. What if, instead of buying that drill, you could borrow one from a neighbour you have never met before?
That is the idea behind Share, a new project and shop in Frome, which aims to get people spending less, wasting less and connecting more to help them save money, reduce carbon and waste, and cultivate a happier, more resilient community.
Based at 3a The Bridge, Frome, BA11 1AR, and open 12noon-6pm Wednesday-Thursday-Friday, 10am-4 Saturday, Share is a place for people to borrow objects, share skills and connect with others, in a welcoming and fun environment.
Share is a partnership between Frome Town Council, social enterprise Edventure, Sustainable Frome and The Cheese and Grain, the local music and events venue.
It shop was set up by eight young people in just two months as part of Edventure’s specialist training in community entrepreneurship.
Furniture Reuse Network
There are furniture reuse groups throughout the UK, who are supported by the Furniture Re-use Network.