Recommendations on How to Get Rid of Furniture during SEQ Lockdown

Welp, we're in a pickle. We're in SEQ (Cannon Hill) moving out of SEQ. I've got an Isuzu Truck hired for 24hrs.

We're moving away but have a heap of furniture we were going to sell/donate/turf but we're in lockdown.

The lockdown date ends just after we're out, so it's very inopportune timing. (Moving house is permitted)

I'm crossing my fingers we can fit our entire townhouse in one truck load and I think it can be done, but I'd rather not bring:

  • an armchair (in good condition)
  • a couch (in great condition)
  • TV stand
  • 2 x IKEA kitchen trollies
  • king size ensemble bed!
  • An LG fridge

Hoping ozbargain legends could give me any ideas on how I could get rid of the above? We were planning to sell all of those (at absolute bargain amounts to get them out the door) just before we left but the lockdown was announced and put a stop to that :( and as far as I can tell the tips are shut during lockdown! Salvos etc aren't taking furniture either.

Anyone from Vic had this experience they could elaborate on? Cheers

Comments

  • +2 votes

    Have you considered leaving those things behind? Seen plenty of rentals (particularly during Melbourne lockdown) coming partially furnished. Maybe speak with your real estate agent?

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      That's a good idea but I'm not sure the REA would allow this. I'll check this afternoon, though, as that'd be handy!

  • +2 votes

    Aw man if I needed any of those things, I'd grab them off you, I'm only a few suburbs away.
    I assume that you can't have people come and buy stuff off you during lockdown, however my wife is planning on doing a completely contactless marketplace purchase this morning.

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      Shame you don't need anything!

      I've been trawling the QLD COVID website but they haven't mentioned something like this. The Vic Gov have a section saying it's okay, though, but I can't tell if that's just general COVID restrictions and not restrictions during a lockdown. Not really pertinent though, as it isn't QLD. Bummer, duuude

      • +3 votes

        Just arrange contactless exchange. Set a time and leave the item out the front. Travel restrictions (5km or whatever) would still apply. That's what I did in Vic during lockdown to pick up a jigsaw puzzle.

      • +1 vote

        The QLD COVID restrictions site is insanely vague unfortunately.

  • +5 votes

    Stick it out the front, put a post on gumtree/Facebook that they are there, free to pickup.

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      Yeeahhh that's looking the most likely now, huh

      • +1 vote

        There are local Facebook groups. Search for Cannon Hill and put a photo up of what you have to give away. It’ll find a home fast.

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          Yep, a good idea. Imma try this

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      FYI Brendan, I put heaps of stuff out on the kerb and it all got moved. I shouldn't have been cautious! Didn't even need to post to any local groups.

      • +1 vote

        Great result, better than having to try and drag it all to the new place!

  • +6 votes

    put it out on the kerb with a big sign….FREE, NO CLICK JUST COLLECT

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      lol! I probably will, to be honest

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      Thx Sharky (same team as Scomo? Unlucky!) that worked a treat. All the gear I needed gone, gone!

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        cool, good onya
        not a toothy supporter tho

  • +2 votes

    Sympathise, getting rid of anything during the VIC lockdowns was hard. Places like Salvos stopped taking donations, street donation bins were taped off or disappeared completely, and even after lockdown ended charities decided to implement rules, some days they took donations, some days not, and only during small windows of time like 10am to 1pm. The vibe became that the charities were doing YOU the favour even taking your stuff, not the other way around. And meanwhile, all their prices have jumped, I guess to make up for lost time.

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      Very ruff. I'm gonna be so salty if I need to take this stuff with me and it costs me two trips!

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      That's where buy nothing groups on Facebook come in

  • +1 vote

    Pretty sure the tip should be open as considered an essential service.

  • +1 vote

    Bonfire in the park. It's very cathartic.

  • +3 votes

    Put it on the street saying $100 and someone will steal it.

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      We have a winner!

  • +1 vote

    My neighbours just drop everything on the street, every day. Most of the time there are couches, desks, mattresses, side tables, chairs… The council collects after months, usually when there is a fridge in the middle of the street blocking the traffic or something like that, but the area remains clean for less than 48h.

    Obviously, they are animals that can't live in society, and the council is incompetent and negligent at least.

    It used to make me sad but I got used to that. So many things that we don't expect to see in Australia when we move from overseas, but then we discover that corruption and idiots are part of the system everywhere.

    But seriously, sell what you can and take everything else to your council's rubbish station.

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      My neighbours just drop everything on the street, every day.

      That's really poor form, isn't it?

      We're gonna put it all on the kerb and then come moving time, take anything leftover with us and deal with it once we've moved into the new residence.

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        I feel like setting fire, or moving everything to the middle of the street to make sure the council does something about that.

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        No, don't do this, you will be animals too.
        There is no curbside collection, and people think they can just dump crap on the curb.
        Do the right thing, take it all with you and deal with it when the lockdown lifts.

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          G'day leo - we didn't dump any rubbish. All items were in good, reusable condition. And I said we'd take anything leftover with us to the new location.

          FYI all items got picked up off the kerb.

  • +1 vote

    Fire. The final solution.

  • +1 vote

    Had a comparable situation with our recent SA lockdown. Resolution was straightforward and logical.
    Call the info line and ask for specific advice, noting the call time.
    If moving is allowed, associated actions probably are as well.

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    Leave it out the front

  • +1 vote

    Freecycle is great for getting rid of unwanted stuff. I don't know if there's a group in your area but I'm in a locked-down Sydney area and people are still posting stuff, so I assume people are still picking it up. It's not difficult to do it without contact as no money changes hands.

  • +1 vote

    We had a lot to get rid of before our last move, so for the month prior, we put things out front for passers-by. Only reusable, functioning goods, from toasters to tables, and a cardboard box which I put books in as I triaged.

    Very efficient recycling service, with things being picked up from ten minutes, to overnight. Nothing was ever left longer than that - if it didn'tgo by then, we'd bin it. The locals got used to it, and used to check regularly, but never came to the front door, so no disruption.

    It was that sort of suburb, though, and we'd also picked up things, so operated well. Totally different mentality on the more up-market suburb we lived in afterwards, where there was no 'street recycling', just money-making on gumtree.