Category Archives: donated furniture

Donate Furnishings You’d be Proud to Give to a Neighbor

In 2017, generous donations of quality furnishings helped 626 families start over.

Hundreds of couches and dressers and dining tables and chairs were delivered to The Green Chair Project through our Free Essential Pickup Service.

We don’t subscribe to the notion that “something is better than nothing,” so our movers don’t pickup items with tears, smoke or pet odors, stains or structural damage. 

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At Green Chair, we want to provide attractive furnishings presented in a way that demonstrates our respect for those we serve.

Our litmus test is pretty simple:  donated furnishings are items you’d be proud to give to a neighbor – because the veteran, the victim of domestic violence and the homeless family that found affordable housing are just neighbors you haven’t met.

Thank you for making new beginnings possible with your gifts to Green Chair. Click here for information on what and how to donate.

Hidden Message Reveals Family History of Donated Dresser

Every piece of furniture donated has a story. Imagine our surprise when we found a hidden message under the drawer of this hand-made dresser!

Our logistics coordinator John Dunlap was refurbishing this dresser and discovered the hand-written message, explaining that this chest was made by Richard Morse Chapin, 1928-2016. It says, “Richard was a furniture designer who built this chest for his son’s clothes. He was a kind and gentle man.” This brought tears to our eyes!

We wanted to know who Richard Chapin was, so we did a little research. Richard was a furniture designer in New York in the 1950’s then opened his own firm, Chapin Designs, in Charlotte in 1966. He helped found the American Society of Furniture Designers and served as president in 1985-86. He spent three years in the Navy, was passionate about sailing and was an accomplished musician. And he built this beautiful chest!

John sanded the drawers, top and side and brought it back to life so someone else can use it for another 50 years. He even added his own message for the new owner. Just last week, this dresser was chosen from our showroom and went home with someone from our partner SouthLight Healthcare who is getting a new start a new life.

The Green Chair Project: more than a store–a story. To Richard’s family for giving us this gift, and to David Chapin who wrote this message, thank you. When you donate something with meaning to The Green Chair Project, you know it’s going to a good home.