If you haven't already been you must check out the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in your area.
I went for the first time today to my local Plano, TX ReStore , which recently opened last April 2007, and found a treasure trove of items that are useful for my staging business as well as my own home.
This store had furniture, home decor, lighting fixtures, switch plates, surplus lumber in , flooring, paint, doors, knobs, appliances, the list goes on and on! Home builders and contractors routinely have surplus from their jobs and this is a great place to donate to should your company wish to consider this worthy cause.
Not only is it a great find for home stagers and home owners, but it also benefits a great cause, Habitat for Humanity , their motto is:
Everyone deserves a decent place to call home.
Some houses we work on leave furniture behind and I've been in situations where we had to call a resale shop to come pick up these items. According to a recent commenter on this blog, Judy Kincaid, the items donated must be under 10 years old and in good condition (I would think that wood furniture in good shape may be an exception but you may want to ask you local store first.) ReStore does pick up large items. They have trucks that will come pick up your donated items should you need that service.
Check out their link for more information and a store near you.
There are also many volunteer opportunities available should you be interested for yourself or your students over 16 who may need service hours for their school. Call your local store or visit their website for details and sign up for the free newsletter as well.