Donate or sell your pieces to places that’ll make sure they get a second lease of 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 us and have a tendency to hoard, we bet you’re constantly left wading through piles of clothes and fancy dress odds and ends. That’s why we’re strong advocates of a good old fashioned clear out. Clothes, books, furniture, even electronics – sort through it all, then donate or sell the things you don’t want to these awesome charities, non-profits and consignment stores. Happy cleaning!
Sassy Tip: Do you have broken or poor quality unwanted items? Scroll to the end to find out where you can legally discard these belongings.
Where To Donate In Hong Kong
Furniture & Electrical Appliances
Having been around for over 50 years, Christian Action serves those who are disadvantaged, marginalised, displaced or abandoned. And now you can help by donating to its Green Collection Charity Drive. All collected items will either be offered for sale at Christian Action Community Sales Outlets, distributed to service users and vulnerable communities, or exported to developing countries.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, books, toys, small appliances and housewares.
This long-standing NGO is no stranger to Hong Kong. Crossroads has been helping people in the community and around the globe for more than 20 years. Any donated goods will be distributed to charities and individuals in need across both Hong Kong and the globe.
What you can donate: All electrical appliances, furniture, household goods, clothing, toys and office supplies. If you’re unsure whether your item will be accepted, simply use the app to take a photo – your item will be reviewed by a team of expert volunteers within a matter of minutes.
How to donate: Donate using Crossroads’ GoodCity.HK app.
Green Dot was established in 2012 with the aim of promoting sustainable living in Hong Kong. Its focus is on collecting and recycling used furniture and homeware. The items collected will either be donated to the public or sold in second-hand markets, with part of the proceeds going towards non-profit or charity organisations.
What you can donate: Furniture and homeware.
How to donate: Green Dot has its own collection service. Head here to find out more.
HAPPYSHOP works to transform the concept of “second-hand” by upcycling donated furniture items and local community resources. The team offer a free furniture collection service for all suitable donations.
What you can donate: Furniture and electrical appliances.
How to donate: Submit an enquiry by following the steps outlined here.
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Some of the collected items will go to those in need, such as the elderly, street sleepers and ex-prisoners; the rest will go to the Salvation Army’s retail chain to be sold with discount.
What you can donate: Electrical appliances, clothing, footwear, toys, stationery and books.
How to donate: Donate via the dedicated Salvation Army Recycling Bins located across Hong Kong. Alternatively, if the donation quantity is five large bags or more, please drop off at one of the collection centres listed here. Large or heavy items may be eligible for pick-up by the Salvation Army logistics team – call 2332 4433 or WhatsApp +852 9688 5670 for more info.
Mother’s Choice provides care for babies awaiting permanent homes, in addition to offering support to single girls and their families facing crisis pregnancies.
What you can donate: Baby items and small electrical appliances (e.g. personal computers, air conditioners, cameras etc.). Check this list to see its current needs (any other items cannot be accepted at this time).
How to donate: After filling in the form (at the bottom of this page), you can send your donations to the address assigned to you by a team member.
Po Leung Kuk provides welfare, educational and cultural services to its young community. All donations will help to fulfil the basic needs of its service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families.
What you can donate: Electrical appliances, computers, stationery, toys, books, household accessories, clothing and cookware.
A Christian charity dedicated to helping those fighting drug addiction, the homeless and other people in need. All donated items will be sold as second-hand goods, with the money raised going to support Remar centres.
What you can donate: Large electrical appliances and furniture.
How to donate: Simply give them a call to arrange for a pick-up.
Advocates of human rights for refugees, Vision First strengthens these individuals with knowledge, skills and support to address their challenges and concerns. What better way to support than by providing them with basic necessities that they otherwise wouldn’t have?
What you can donate: Blankets and bedding, clothing, phones, cameras, computers, kitchen appliances (e.g. kettles, rice cookers) and more. Head here for the full list.
How to donate: Drop off or send donations directly to its Sai Ying Pun office.
Clothing, Books & Miscellaneous
As 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. Firmly believing in giving people a second chance, you can support its wonderful programme by dropping off your items at its door.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing.
How to donate: Drop off items at the Caritas Community Centre
Found inside the grounds of St John’s Cathedral in Central, Castaways is a donations-based charity shop. All profits made will go to small locally-based charities.
What you can donate: Clothing, shoes, handbags, books and household linens.
How to donate: Drop off your items on dedicated donation days (i.e. Wednesday and Saturday mornings).
As the name suggests, flowBOOKS recycles secondhand books, CDs and DVDs. Since opening in 1997, is has processed more than half a million books! All donations will be either sold to the public or donated to charities and individuals in need.
What you can donate: Books, CDs and DVDs
How to donate: Drop off donations to the store directly.
Friends of the Earth launched its Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001 with the aim of encouraging the city to reduce, reuse and recycle. All donated items will be sent to the needy or resold to places with high demand for used clothes, with any profits going towards the organisation’s operations and education work.
What you can donate: Clothes, shoes and handbags.
Sassy Tip: Friends of the Earth also collect empty toner and ink cartridges. Head here for more info.
Established in 1970, this government organisation strives to help those with disabilities. Second-hand books, toys and stationery items will be most helpful to these young people.
What you can donate: Toys, stationery and books.
How to donate: Drop your items off in person or email/call to arrange pick-up (available only for a large quantity of donations).
Founded in the UK in 1942, Oxfam is one of the oldest humanitarian organisations. Proceeds from The Oxfam Shop will go towards humanitarian projects around the world.
What you can donate: Clothing and accessories.
How to donate: Drop off items at the address below.
Local environmental charity Redress works to prevent and transform textile waste in the fashion industry. With this in mind, its clothing recycling scheme makes it easy for you to give your old garments a new lease of life. The bulk of donated clothing will be redistributed to Redress’ charity partners for re-use by their beneficiaries.
What you can donate: Clothing (excluding shoes, bags and home textiles).
How to donate: Simply drop off your donations at any of the locations listed here.
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Where To Sell In Hong Kong
This platform for people to buy and sell quality second-hand furnishings and accessories at reasonable prices was dreamt up by a husband and wife duo in early 2006. Since then, 2nd Chance has given many great pieces of furniture new homes.
What you can sell: Furniture and home accessories.
How to sell: Head here to discover how to sell.
Sassy Tip: Feel like donating your profits to charity? 2nd Chance has a list of local organisations for you to choose from. The team can also issue you a receipt for tax purposes. Find out more here.
This fashion consignment store is actually a social enterprise initiative by St James’ Settlement. The project aims to promote eco-friendly habits, in addition to providing job opportunities and economic stability for the middle-aged women that run it. Consignors can earn up to a maximum 30% rebate of the selling price (this rebate can also be donated to St James’ Settlement). If your items remain unsold after two months, they will automatically be donated to the store.
What you can sell: Ladieswear (including shoes, bags, scarfs and accessories).
How to sell: Visit any of the stores in person. Staff will then screen your items to ensure they are suitable for sale. Head here for all the details.
Other Options Include:
- Asia Expat
- Facebook Market Place (click the Market place icon on your Facebook sidebar and filter accordingly)
For the most part, all that’s required for these sites are photos of your item, your asking price and any contact details. Don’t forget to include measurements as well as a few notes on the condition and age. Make sure to also upload photos that show a few different angles – it’ll save you from an influx of questions later on.
Where To Discard In Hong Kong
If your items are not in any condition to donate or sell, consider looking into whether you’re able to recycle your goods. Small and large electronic appliances for instance, including fridges, ovens, washing machines and air-conditioning units, can be scraped for parts. Head here to explore the different government recycling resources available.
Alternatively, if there really is no saving your items, the city has quite a few refuse points where you can leave larger items that won’t fit in your regular trash. 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 just leaving your furniture by the bins. Click on the links below to see where your nearest refuse point is.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 16 January, 2017, and was most recently updated in April 2020.