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Mrs Dibnah has decided our perfectly good, 5 year old set of 8 dining room chairs are not the ones she now wants in the dining room.
That's fine. They were not originally hugely expensive, but in the grand scheme of things 8 x anything is an expense (as I know from the cost of the replacement set!)
Anyway - disposal of the 8 chairs became an issue.
I refuse now to use eBay (too many losers, abusers and wasters I'm afraid):rant:
I previously tried Freecycle - but it does lead to a *lot* of emails on stuff you really don't need/want
I didnt want to take them to the tip. There's nowt wrong with them - they are just not in Mrs Dibnah's vision of beauty for her dining room.
So I called a couple of local chairty shops - but they didn't have room to store or display 8 dining chairs.
One of the shops pointed me at the local council initiative to take in unwanted furniture which they then make available to low income families (presumably registered as such with the council) via a showroom run by a combination of the conucil and a housing charity.:thumbs:
Ideal I thought.
Called the council - they said it was exactly what they were looking for (i.e. not junk or broken, but just used) and said they'd pop round in a van to get them BUT I had to confirm that they had fire certificate labels on the upholstery. I checked - and each one did still have the fire rating certificate on the underside of the seat.
The council van turned up. The guy got out. He picked up the first chair, flipped it over and said.... "oh - we cant take these".
Why? I said.
Apparently the fire regs changed 2 years ago and the council can't sell chairs with the old standard.
So - the council only want donations of chairs LESS THAN 2 YEARS OLD?!?!
I wonder what the fire rating is on the chairs that the low income families are setting on today???
Of course when I mentioned this to the collections guy (not having a pop, just chatting to him over a cup of tea he accepted) he just shrugged and said "'Elf & Safety mate......" :rant: