My husband and I are doing some very late spring cleaning, and decided it was time to retire an Ikea dresser we'd bought a few years back. It's your basic six drawer dresser, solid wood on the front, particle board on the back. The drawers work and it's sturdy. We had painted it yellow. We took out the drawers to make it lighter coming down the stairs and loaded it in the truck.
Maybe it's because the drawers were taken out, but when we got to Stamford Goodwill they said were unimpressed. The guy unloading donations said "Uhh...it's yellow." Yeah, and? "I don't know," the guy said, "it looks kinda dusty. You could use it for firewood."
I could live with this comment if we had not, ourselves, been using this exact piece of furniture in our home up until that afternoon.
Perhaps the correct response would have been to use it for firewood and let the toxic burning paint fumes punish us for our unacceptable donation, but we didn't. The problem was, it was perfectly fine. So, instead, we dusted it off, put the drawers back in and aimed for Norwalk. The Goodwill a few miles up the road welcomed it with open arms.
So, in this time of cutting back and making due, don't forget - some people will still tell you where to shove it.
(photo from where are the joneses, flickr.com)