May and June are the months in which people are often on the move. Many residents just get out of town for the summer to beat the heat, while others leave town for good. Most expats come to Dubai with very little in the way of ‘stuff’, but find themselves accumulating a lot more during their stay. A lot of these things can be keepsakes but, let’s face it, a lot can also be quite unnecessary, or objects that can’t be taken home. So what do you do with all that ‘stuff’? Here are some options…
Freecycle is a grass roots and entirely non-profit organisation of people both giving and getting unwanted items for free, with the philosophy behind the movement being to reuse and keep good products out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by volunteers. Freecycle is still very new to Dubai, but in Abu Dhabi it has taken off – the group has more than 7,000 members on Facebook. It is managed by Gina Dillon, who says, ‘I decided to start a Freecycle group because I read that the Downtown thrift store was closing and I wanted to help fill the void. I think that’s what it’s all about; helping others. And waste really bothers me. So it’s good for the environment and good for the heart.’ The site offers all kinds of items ranging from clothes to kettles to furniture. Search for Freecycle Abu Dhabi on Facebook to join.
Give it away!
If you need to get rid of furniture and think it’s too tatty for resale, contact 800 Junk (www.takemyjunkuae.com, 800 5865), which will collect unwanted items, restore them and then sell them to workers in labour camps in the northern emirates at a discounted price.
Are you getting ready to leave for good? Need a reliable moving company? Two that come highly recommended by our city’s upwardly and outwardly mobile community are: GAC Moving Company (www.gac.com, 04 881 8090). This is one of the premier moving companies in the UAE. It has been helping people with their move for decades. Delight International Movers (www.delightmovers.com, 04 396 6381) is another reliable company to call when you are considering your move. The company is professional and will get you out of your old house or into your new one with ease and little discomfort. It also offers a service to move fine art and antiques for customers.
800 Storage & Movers: Your property will be moved in specially designed trucks to keep your belongings safe.
www.800storagedubai.com (04 338 8028).
Allied Pickfords: This is the largest moving and relocation services company in the world. To receive a quote, call the company and explain the type and size of the move you are looking to make.
www.alliedpickfords.com (04 818 0400).
Interem: Commercial and residential relocation services.
www.interem.ae (04 807 0584).
The Box: Provides numerous services for office and house removals in the UAE. There are different suite offerings you can choose from among the options for office and house removal. Prices depend on the service you choose.
www.theboxme.com (04 340 0156).
Dubai has multiple online marketplaces where you can sell your used belongings, such as Dubizzle (www.dubizzle.com), Buy It, Sell It, Swap It Dubai and Pre Loved Dubai (each operating on closed Facebook groups). They are active online marketplaces and provide a great opportunity to rehome your things. The Dubai Flea Market (Dhs270 per pitch, www.dubai-fleamarket.com, 055 305 7389) also offers a good opportunity for you to sell your used items. Formerly at Safa Park, there are now regular markets at Zabeel Park, Uptown Mirdif, Ibn Battuta Mall and JLT Park. Set up your pitch early to make the most of the day.
About to bin that old bookcase? Don’t. Old furniture can be an eyesore, but for the crafty, such items offer an opportunity to transform the old into something new and delightful. Whether you just want to dress up a dated piece or create something entirely new from its parts, there are a number of ways to spruce such items up. Rejuvenate an old wooden piece of furniture with a new coat of bright and vibrant paint. Use fine sandpaper to remove prior coats of varnish before priming and painting in two even coats of your new colour. Wallpaper the back panels of a bookcase to transform an ordinary piece of furniture into something unique. If getting crafty isn’t your forte, fear not. ReMADE DXB (www.remadedxb.com, 050 227 4432) is running a two-part workshop at its premises at Objects & Elements, Al Quoz, called The Most Excellent Chair Makeover, taking place Monday May 25 and Tuesday 26 and again on Saturday May 23 and 30 for Dhs700. It will teach you how to jazz up furniture and change upholstery. You can even bring your own chair to lovingly restore.