Leaving Hong Kong but don’t have the means to take your larger home items with you? Here’s where to donate, sell or, if necessary, chuck your furniture before making the move.
You’ve tied up all loose ends, closed the last of your accounts and currently drowning in cardboard boxes (and quite possibly a few tears) – but what about all of your furniture? Shipping your worldly possessions is not cheap, and although you’ve managed to cram your prized Coyote’s Sombrero into one of the boxes (the essentials) moving furniture and larger homeware isn’t looking like an option.
If you’re in a pinch and not sure how to shift that sofa or solid wardrobe, there are plenty of options to consider that’ll make moving that much easier. Whether you’re hoping to make some money back or happy to donate, we’ve put together a list of options that will (hopefully!) simplify the whole process as you prepare to leave this unique city that we will always call home.
Where to donate:
If you’re not too bothered about making a few bucks, there are plenty of places in Hong Kong that would gladly accept and really benefit from your donations! We’ve listed a few foundations which will happily take any larger furniture items off of your hands, but if you’re also looking for somewhere to pass on your smaller items such as toasters, mini ovens, paintings and other household goods to, there’s no need to throw them in the skip – you can donate these as well.
Donations accepted: All electrical appliances, furniture and household goods
Crossroads Foundation, Crossroads Village, 2 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, 2984 9309, www.crossroads.org.hk
Donations accepted: Electric appliances
Donations accepted: Smaller electrical appliances
Oxfam, LG8, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, 2522 1765, www.oxfam.org.hk
Donations accepted: Electrical appliances, household accessories and cookware
Po Leung Kuk Orphanage, 66 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2277 8888, www.poleungkuk.org.hk
Donations accepted: Large electrical appliances and furniture.
Donations accepted: Furniture and homeware
Green Dot, Unit A & C, 21/F Young Ya Industrial Building, 381-389 Sha Tsui Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, www.green-dot-home.com.hk
Where to sell:
It comes at no surprise that furniture holds a premium price tag in Hong Kong (you’re probably still recovering from that sofa-shaped hole in your purse), but you might be surprised at just how many people are looking for second-hand goods to deck out their teeny Hong Kong homes with. Wardrobes, dining tables and sofas sell like hotcakes on sites such as Asia Expat, and although you probably can’t expect to make as much as you first paid for your ‘FJÄLLBO’ coffee table, you might be able to shift it at no expense on your end.
For the most part, all that’s required is photos of your item, your asking price and how buyers can get in contact with you if they are keen. Don’t forget to include measurements, a few notes on the condition and age and make sure that you upload photos that show a few different angles – it’ll save you from an influx of questions later on.
- 2nd Chance
- Asia Expat
- Happy Shop
- Facebook Market Place (click the Market place icon on your Facebook sidebar and filter accordingly)
Where to discard:
If time is of the essence, or your furniture is not in any condition to donate or sell (the humidity can be a shoe cabinets worst enemy), then there are quite a few refuse points where you can leave these larger items. It may take some manpower to carry that mattress half way across Central, but know that it’s illegal to fly-tip in Hong Kong and you may face a hefty fine for leaving your furniture by the bins. Click on the links below to see where your nearest refuse point is, or, consider looking in to wether you’re able to recycle your goods. Small and large electronic appliances (fridges, ovens, washing machines, air-conditioning units etc.) can typically be recycled and scraped for parts, so before making your way to the skip, have a quick look at where you can drop these off at, too.
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