Furniture and household goods
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Freecycle and Freegle are sites that people use to give things away for free, but you can also post a request for particular items. You normally have to collect them yourself and you need to have an email address so you can create an account. Nextdoor is designed to provide local news and information but can be used in the same way.
Many people use websites like Gumtree and eBay to buy second-hand furniture. There are scams on these sites so you need to be careful about who you buy from. Watch out for sellers who ask you to pay in advance or only take payments by money transfer using Western Union, MoneyGram or Ukash. If you pay online using Paypal your purchase may be covered by their buyer protection policy.
You can find information about charity shops that sell furniture and household good below.
If you’re claiming benefits you may be able to get an advance on your payments. You have to pay this money back but you can do this over time and won’t pay any interest. You can only ask for an advance to pay for specific expenses, including furniture and household goods.
- if you’re claiming income-based JSA, income-based ESA, Income Support or Pension Credit this is called a budgeting loan.
- if you’re claiming Universal Credit this is called a budgeting advance.
Discretionary grants from the council
If you can’t get a benefits advance you may be able to get a Discretionary Community Care Grant or Discretionary Crisis Payment from Wandsworth Council. These can be used to pay for furniture and household goods but to get one you have to show that you can’t get money elsewhere. You should get a decision about your application within 5 days.
Find out more about applying for a Discretionary Community Care Grant or Discretionary Crisis Payment.
The Turn2Us grant search can help you find organisations that may help you with one-off expenses.
Grants are often limited to £300, you may have to meet particular criteria and it can take weeks or months to get a decision about an application. You usually have to apply through a charity, social worker, health visitor or local councillor.
A credit union is a non-profit organisation that provides loans and savings accounts. They can be cheaper to borrow from, especially as you only pay interest on the balance you owe. If you have a poor credit history or low income a credit union may still lend you money. Credit unions are usually happy to lend small amounts of money for sensible reasons.
Our local credit union is Wandsworth Plus.
Free furniture and household goods
Clothes, toys, books and equipment for low-income families with children under 5. For a referral talk to your support worker, midwife, health visitor, food bank, social worker, or Children’s Centre.
Affordable furniture and household goods
Furniture, washing machines and fridges. Beds from £65, wardrobes from £50. Delivery from £20.
153 – 155 Wandsworth High Street, SW18 1EG
Phone: 0207 125 350 (read about call charges)
Open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 6pm
Sunday, 11am to 5pm
Most furniture but not beds or electrical goods. Delivery from £15.
212 – 216 Putney Bridge Road, SW15 2PA
Phone: 0208 704 1660 (read about call charges)
Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Still need help?
Find out how to contact us if you haven’t been able to resolve your problem using the information above.
Please bear in mind that we are a local charity and demand for our services is high. You may have to wait to speak to one of our team and we can’t offer everyone an appointment with an adviser.