Where to donate old items in Singapore

November 16, 2016
  • Where to donate
    1 / 4 Where to donate

    Pass It On

    Started by the Central Singapore Community Development Council and managed by welfare organisation The Helping Hand, the site matches items that people want to donate to the wish list of the needy.

    How it works: Post a picture of what you want to give away (furniture, electrical goods, mobility aids, you name it) together with
    a short description
    of it on the website – your item should still work. Then, wait for someone to accept your donation.

    Social workers from 285 voluntary welfare organisations are participants in the initiative – they, too, will post requests for items that families under their charge need. They do not have storage space, so your item goes directly to the needy. You can deliver it to them or pay a fee for it to be picked up from your home.

    New2U Thrift Shop
    96 Waterloo Street, tel: 6837-0611. Open Mon-Fri, 10.30am-2.30pm

    Volunteers at the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) run this thrift shop, which accepts clothes, books, toys, bags and utensils that are then sold there. Proceeds go towards Star Shelter – a temporary refuge for women and children who are victims of violence – as well as other SCWO initiatives. To donate, indicate “Donation for New2U” on your giveaway bags and drop them off at the thrift shop. 

    www.sgfreecycle.org, www.facebook.com/groups/sgfreecycle   

    Free is the keyword here. Post what you want to give away in a chat box on the website and if there is someone who is looking for your donation, it’s a done deal. Most givers and receivers liaise through the Facebook page, where you can upload photos of your item.

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  • Where to sell old things
    2 / 4 Where to sell old things

    Hock Siong & Co
    153 Kampong Ampat, tel: 6281-8338. Open daily, 9.30am-5.50pm

    Started eight years ago with two ex-karung guni on board (the founder and his grandmother), they’ve got an eye for treasure. They specialise in restoring old Chinese-style and classic furniture and homeware, like sideboards, chairs, tables vases and crockery – so if you have any traditional items in fairly good condition, give them
    a call.

    They might ask for a photograph of the items to assess them before they arrange for collection and pay for your offerings. They like to buy in bulk, so it is perfect if you are moving house or upgrading your dining room.

    Second Charm
    #05-165 Mapletree Industrial Building, 21 Kallang Avenue, tel: 6294-2919. Open Tue-Sat, 11am-5.30pm; Sun, noon-5pm

    The team at Second Charm gives unwanted retro furniture a new lease of life by transforming, then selling them. They are selective about what they take – only items with vintage value and the potential to be remade into a stylish piece of furniture make the mark.

    Faded armchairs, coffee tables, study desks and timber cabinets are cleaned, mended and reupholstered or given a new coat of paint. They will pay for your items, depending on the condition.

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  • Learn to repair broken items
    3 / 4 Learn to repair broken items

    You might not need to part with that two-legged chair after all… You can learn how to repair it at Repair Kopitiam, a gathering held every last Sunday of the month. Hosted by a team of volunteer experts who can dismantle, stitch, re-wire, drill holes, fix a broken pot handle and the like, you can give your beloved goods a new lease of life. Check for updates of the next session on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/repairkopitiam.

    Repair Kopitiam is held at Blk 425 Jurong West Ave 1 and Blk 819 Tampines Street 81, 9am-3pm.

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  • Removal services linked to charity
    4 / 4 Removal services linked to charity

    If you really can’t find a home for your unwanted (but still usable) items, try these removal services that donate such items to charities in their network. Tattered and run-down pieces, however, will be thrown away.

    Double Win Bulky Waste Removal
    Tel: 9357-7333

    Large furniture, or the likes of old kitchen sets and pots and pans, could go to old folks’ homes that need them; books, toys and clothes could be sent to childrens’ homes. Collection rates start from $50.

    On Track Sg
    Tel: 9079-3797

    Whether you need to dispose of many items or just one, Amro has the plan for you. He is in touch with several charities like Lotus Light Charity Society, to which he passes on goods that they might need. Rates start from $35 for pick-up service (if you are able to move your stuff into his van and do not need any movers’ help) and $60 for moving service.

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    A version of this story first appeared in Simply Her

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

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