It’s time to cull that clutter and donate or sell your pieces to places that’ll make sure they get a second life in new homes…
It’s no secret that our tiny apartments in Hong Kong can accumulate a whole lot over the years. If you’re anything like me, I’ve had the desire (and need!) to simplify and part with items no longer useful to our family anymore.
With my toddlers growing up at the speed of lightening right before my eyes (oh my mama heart!), many of their clothing and shoes have either been worn once or twice…and in some cases, not at all. Hands up if you have tags still attached? Oh yeah, my hand is way up there!
The apple definitely doesn’t fall too far from this tree, as I for one also have a tendency to buy similar items and that end up not being worn or disappear in the black hole aka my closet. I’ve also gotten real good at hiding a lot of things when we have guests over, but with our bookshelves heavily weighed down by our books and the dust collecting on top of them and our DVD collection spilling into our bedroom…it’s time to purge! #hoardersburriedalive
As spring is in full swing, why not take this opportunity to do some proper spring cleaning and sort through everything from clothing to toys to books to even furniture and electronics and donate or sell these pieces to some pretty stellar charities, non-profit organisations and consignment shops that will benefit many who are less fortunate.
So here’s our updated, new and improved list of places (in alphabetical order!) that you can donate your items to so they can get a second life through some worthwhile causes and consignment places.
A platform for people to buy and sell quality second hand furnishings and accessories at a reasonable prices was dreamt up by husband and wife duo in early 2006. Since then, 2nd Chance has given many great pieces of furniture new homes. Contact them through email to sell unwanted furniture or to buy new pieces.
What you can sell: Furniture and home accessories.
2nd Chance, Unit 14, 2/F, Kin Fat Industrial Centre, 13 Kin Fat Street, Tuen Mun, 2496 1222, www.2ndchance.com.hk
Second hand bookstores are great places to help your favourite novels find a new home. Try Booksmart in Central which is always looking for donations. But to avoid disappointment, be sure to email them a list of your books so they can tell you which ones they can take. They also provide a helpful list on their site the types of things they don’t accept.
What can you donate: Books.
The official social service agency of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, Caritas focuses on the needs of the ‘3 Ls’ – the last, the least and the lost. They firmly believe in giving people a second chance. Support their wonderful program and drop off your items at their door.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing.
Caritas Community Centre, 2/F, Caritas House, 2-8 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2843 4652, www.caritas.org.hk
Having been around for over 50 years, Christian Action is the only comprehensive provider of services to ethnic minorities, refugees, asylum seekers and foreign domestic helpers. Their Green Collection Charity Drive will take anything that can be worn again. Call them at 2456 2220 and arrange a pick up right at your door. If you have a lot to give, they’ll even pick up your items for free.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, books, baby items and toys.
Christian Action, 2456 2220, www.christian-action.org.hk
The long standing NGO, Crossroads is no stranger to Hong Kong. They have been helping people in the community and all over the world for over 20 years. Although they have recently downsized their facility due to rezoning, they are still in the business of connecting those who are in need with those who can provide help. They accept all forms of re-wearables, which then go into their Global Distribution Program. Half of the distributed goods go to cases sponsored by the Social Welfare Department, and the other half are designated for foreign countries. Call them for a pick up, mail in or drop off at their door, but note, since it can sometimes take a few weeks to arrange their pickup service, you may be best off hiring a man with a van.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, all electrical appliances, furniture and household goods, baby items and toys (changing tables, cots and high chairs, and strollers, etc. are always needed.)
Crossroads Foundation, Crossroads Village, 2 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, 2984 9309, www.crossroads.org.hk
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products: used clothes, shoes, bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. Nothing goes to waste! They have many collection points all over Hong Kong. Check out their website and find the one closest to you.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, shoes, bedding, handbags.
Friends of the Earth, 2528 5588, www.foe.org.hk
Established in 1970, this government organisation helps people with disabilities. Second-hand clothing and books will be most helpful to these young people. Drop your items off at the Federation’s address.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing and books.
Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth, G/F, 16-21 Wan Kee House, Wang Tau Hom Estate, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2388 5111, www.hkfhy.org.hk
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Some of the collected items go to those in need, such as the elderly, street sleepers and ex-prisoners; the rest go to the Salvation Army’s retail chain, sold with discount. They accept all re-wearables (but note they do not accept towels and underwear.) For bigger items such as TV sets, refrigerators and other appliances give them a call and they’ll arrange a pick-up. There are more than 200 collection boxes through Hong Kong. Check their website for locations of donation boxes and stores near you.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing and electrical appliances.
Hong Kong Salvation Army, 2572 2879, www.salvation.org.hk
We love when our kids can get involved with the process of giving back. Sharing For A Cause (SFAC) is a student-led donation campaign under Kids4Kids’ Youth Empowerment Program who’s mission is to alleviate invisible poverty by collecting from those with many and donating to those without. They’ve donated everything from books to stationery to sport equipment, household appliances and toys. Each year, the students decide what items are needed.
What you can donate: Check out their website for their current donation list.
Kids4Kids, Unit A-D, 16/F, Tak Lee Commercial Building, 113-117 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 3618 6811, www.kids4kids.org.hk
Mother’s Choice provides care for babies awaiting permanent homes, and for single girls and their families facing crisis pregnancies. While their specific needs are always changing, they are often looking for new or good condition baby items like clothes, toys, bibs as well as electrical appliances including personal computers, air conditioners, cameras and more. Give them a call to learn more or visit their site here to see their needs.
What can you donate: Good condition baby items, toys and electrical appliances.
Founded in the UK in 1942, Oxfam is one of the oldest humanitarian organisations. Proceeds from The Oxfam Shop go towards humanitarian projects around the world. Call them to arrange for your items to be dropped off.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, handbags, Fair Trade products, small home appliances and books.
Oxfam, LG8, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, 2522 1765, www.oxfam.org.hk
Po Leung Kuk provides welfare, educational and cultural services to their young community. This charitable organisation provides support for orphaned children, education and other services. Donations-in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of their service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families are always needed. Drop off your items at their door, your donations will go towards young people in need.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, electrical appliances, computers, stationery, toys, baby items, household accessories and cookware.
Po Leung Kuk Orphanage, 66 Leighton Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2277 8888, www.poleungkuk.org.hk
A Christian charity dedicated to helping drug addicts, the homeless and other people in need. Remar Hong Kong has a large warehouse and are able to take your larger electrical appliances and furniture. Call or email them to arrange a pick-up (with charges for their assistance and travel).
What can you donate: Large electrical appliances and furniture.
A brand new online consignment shop, Retykle helps you sell your kiddo’s (0 – 6 years) high end clothing with a simple click on their online store. Every time someone purchases one of your pieces, you’ll be notified via email that a payment was made to your PayPal account. What’s great about this transaction is that you can purge some of your quality pieces and make a little money on the side!
What you can sell: All new or gently used children’s clothing (0 – 6 years). Check their website for approved brands.
These folks run a number of charity projects, including day care and donation services for the elderly. St. James’ Settlement also runs a number of charity projects, including a food bank for the elderly. Drop off canned or dry food which have an expiry date more than 8 weeks away.
What can you donate: All wearable clothing, small electrical appliances and canned or dry food items.
St. James’ Settlement, 85 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2574 5201, www.sjs.org.hk