Ways to Get Rid of Patio FurnitureThe thing about patio furniture is much like having to deal with an old sectional. Even if it’s in pretty good condition, you may not be able to sell it because of its dated style. In addition, since patio furniture is specifically designed to be outdoors, it’s subjected to the sun, heat, humidity, and inclement weather. Even though it’s supposed to withstand these, the outdoor elements will take their toll eventually.
If you’ve left your fabric patio furniture in a humid or damp environment for an extended period of time, it may develop mildew that leaves small spots on the fabric. If mildewed fabric is left untreated and kept in a moist environment, mold may also develop, resulting in mildew-spotted furniture that also smells musty. Cleaning the fabric and keeping it in a well-ventilated, non-humid area removes the mildew and lessens the chances of new mildew growth. —San Francisco GateUnfortunately, wear isn’t the only thing that might pose an obstacle, style can also be an issue. What was popular years ago might well be something that’s very unpopular now. At the very least, it could even be the case that condition and style are okay, but, the color or material just isn’t in demand. Regardless of the reason, you want to be free of it, so here are some ways to get rid of patio furniture:
- Clean it up and repurpose it. It’s amazing what you can do with old furniture, and patio furniture isn’t an exception. Rinse it off, then clean it with dish soap, rinse again, and let it dry. Now, it will look much better and you can use it somewhere else. You might have a pergola or another space in your yard where you can arrange it. Think a bit outside the box and you might be able to find a new purpose for it.
- List an online ad and sell it locally. If you still don’t want your old patio furniture after you’ve cleaned it up, you can publish an online ad and try to sell it locally. Do some quick research and price it to sell so you can be rid of it in a short time.
- Donate it to a local charity thrift store. Another option is to clean it up and donate it to a local charity thrift store. Keep in mind it will have to be in pretty good condition to be acceptable to a charity.
- Give it away to a friend or family member. You might have a family member or friend that will gladly take your patio furniture off your hands. Clean it up and offer it up to a neighbor, family, friend, or coworker. You can even send out an email with a first-come invitation.
- Leave it behind with the home you are selling. If you’re selling your home, ask your real estate listing agent about giving it away with the sale of the house. It could be a welcome and small incentive.