We got a call to remove a mattress today from a house near 1960 and Fallbrook road in Houston. The man on the phone had found us online and saw our price plainly listed for single item mattress removal for $75 dollars. He said he wouldn't be at home today and had left the mattress on his front porch, and was wondering how we could work this as far as payment. Here at Snap Junk Removal we can take payment through a PayPal email address, or get a credit card over the phone. So, we went and picked up the mattress the same day off his porch and invoiced him through his PayPal email address, which he promptly paid, without ever meeting him or having him waste his time waiting for us at home.
When he talked to us he said the mattress was probably donatable, and that he would like us to donate it to someone if possible. This was a King size pillow top mattress that was still in good shape, and probably cost close to two thousand dollars when it was new. Here at Snap Junk Removal we donate stuff all the time. It saves us dump fees and helps out people in need so it's a win win situation. A lot of the stuff we get is actually pretty nice, but people just don't have space, or have upgraded to something even better or new.
So, after picking up the mattress we headed to the nearest Goodwill, but Goodwills don't actually accept mattress donations at any locations as part of their policy. They directed us to NorthWest Assistance Ministries off Jones road, but when we arrived there they told us that this particular building does not accept mattress donations and we would have to go to their Khuykendal location. Instead, we headed back up to a Purple Heart location near Wal-Mart in Tomball, but the guy said they were not interested and directed us to the Salvation Army trailer accross the street. Finally we talked to the Salvation Army attendant and he said that they accept mattresses, but they could not accept this particular mattress. It had a few stains on it, and the corner had gotten a little scuffed while we were loading on to our trailer, and he said basically if a mattress is not in near perfect condition it could be considered a health violation if they accept it, or any other resale/donation organization for that matter, understandably. Who knew it would be so hard to give away a mattress?
Since I wasn't sure if I could donate it I decided to just give it away for free on Craigs List. I do that a lot for items that are a little scratch and dent but still in usable shape. But, when I got home my wife saw it and thought it was in pretty good shape and remembered that we had a friend who needed a new King size mattress. She called her friend up and long story short we drove back to Jones road and finally donated the mattress to our friend.