Furniture saleroom manager Scott Walker

‘Write us a shopping list’ – our offer of help to charities fighting furniture poverty

LICHFIELD’S auctioneer has offered to help charities tackling furniture poverty, saying ‘just give us a shopping list’.

Refuges and other organisations assisting vulnerable people and those who need rehoming are urged to contact Richard Winterton Auctioneers at The Lichfield Auction Centre, Fradley Park.

Reports show an increasing number of families are going without essential furniture or spiralling into debt by buying on credit – especially as the cost of purchasing from new has risen by more than 30 per cent in the past decade.

Yet items including three-piece suites, armchairs, recliners, tables and chairs, sideboards, bookcases, wall units, wardrobes and beds can all be obtained by furniture reuse charities for free from the family firm.

“So many people are struggling, making do or going without altogether and this doesn’t have to be the case,” said auctioneer Richard Winterton.

“We carry out a large number of house clearances every week and inevitably encounter much unwanted furniture and other practical household appliances.

“Not everything will sell at auction but that doesn’t mean it’s useless. We can access plenty of good quality items which can help those who are desperately in need.

“If there are any organisations out there who think we can help them with regards to furniture reuse, please do get in touch.

“And if there are specific items which are regularly needed, we can store them and always have a container of items ready.

“It’s that simple – just give us a shopping list.”

Furniture saleroom manager Scott Walker

Furniture saleroom manager Scott Walker, pictured above, added: “From vintage, retro and Victoriana to mid-20th century teak, we handle a huge amount of all different types of furniture and other household items such as pots and pans, knives and forks and even stairlifts.

“When items don’t sell but could still be of use to someone, we always look to see how they can be donated to charity.

“It’s not just about fighting poverty, it’s also about reusing the planet’s resources by recycling, upcycling and preventing waste.”

Charities and organisations requiring furniture should email Scott at

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