It started with a need.
When one of my roommates moved out of my place I was left with a dining room table but no chairs. As much fun as it is to eat dinner on your lap on a couch I had to find some chairs, so I did what anybody would do: I hit up Craigslist.
Surfing the listings I found a few possible chairs, some used Ikea furniture in Columbia Heights, some chairs in Vienna. I then stumbled upon an interesting listing for a set of chairs at a great price. As I read the ad I noticed that it wasn’t being sold by a person but by a company called Furniture For Good. The ad referred me to the website for more info and I followed the link where I read more about the DC based LLC.
Furniture For Good’s mission is to sell used furniture items and portion of the proceeds goes towards feeding the homeless at Martha’s Table. That fact alone instantly sold me on that listing compared to the others I found, so I e-mailed FFG and arranged to pick-up the chairs a few days later. If I was patient enough to wait a bit longer I could of had the chairs delivered (FFG will deliver items bought to most places within the DC metro area.)
The chairs were located at a garage behind Martha’s Table where the rest of FFG’s inventory was held. There I met Andrew Thal, a GW junior who founded of Furniture For Good. As we figured out how to squeeze the chairs into my Toyota Corolla, he told me the story of how he created FFG.
After volunteering at Martha’s Table he discovered that the organization receives a lot of donated furniture that they couldn’t use- so he came up with a business plan to help sell the furniture. In a GW Hatchet article Thal explains the specifics, “what happens is that the food shelters sell the furniture to me on consignment, which I then sell to the consumers.”
In the end that means a great deal for me and for those less fortunate.
So if you are in need of furniture now or into the New Year, I have to recommend to check out Furniture For Good first- not only is it a great deal on used furniture, you can feel good in knowing your purchase is also helping others in need.