Updated: Apr 15
While reduce and reuse is the best strategy, purchases do go wrong, especially when we are forced to do them online during current pandemic. Sometimes we receive gifts that we are unable to use. Kids grow out of an age group yet their wares are lightly used and in perfect conditions. We downsize houses, move countries.. or sometimes we just become Marie Kondo and want to go minimal. Throwing the preloved things is a guilt ridden exercise. We receive many queries regarding donation of used clothes, books, and toys. So we thought, it would be a good exercise to collate this information.
If things are in good working order, bless them. If it is absolute junk, still don't bin. Junk it on https://www.karungguni.com.sg
Our research says that there are lots of places where you can do used goods donations in Singapore. We have tried listing a few here. If you know any more, do send the details to us and we will add them in.
Thryft.Asia https://thryft.asia/pages/trade-in-or-donate Thryft is a sustainable thrift store bringing quality, affordable books and clothes while doing good for the people and the planet. You can trade in or donate your preloved books or clothes to them. They will arrange a pick up from your doorsteps for a small fee or you can drop them off at their 3 drop off locations.
Love 2 Give 2 Love
https://www.facebook.com/Love2Give2Love L2G2L collects pre-loved luggage, backpacks, men’s clothes and sarees/salwar suits in working condition, sorts through and finds them a good home. Please message before arranging drop off.
“Bless” items on Carousell
You can also bless your preloved items on Carousell by listing them as $0 with the title starting with “To bless”.
Note on safe Electronic Waste Disposal - If your iPad or smartphone has gone kaput, please dispose of it responsibly by taking it to one of NEA’s e-waste drop-off points. But if it’s still in good working order, donate it to one of these organisations instead. If it is absolute junk, still don't bin. Junk it on https://www.karungguni.com.sg
https://sg.shareatdoorstep.com Share At DoorStep - SADS (Pre-loved to re-loved) Schedule a Pickup and Donate at your Doorsteps. Enter the pickup location, and schedule a pickup. *convenience fee applicable, Enter details of the items you are donating and done. You can also choose to go for the drop off option in case you want to drop the donations yourself. SADS will come to your doorstep to pick up your donations in the chosen slot and deliver them to an organisation where they can be given a new life. You can donate Shoes, Stationery, Bags and Clothes as of now. Furniture donations options coming soon.
Cloop is an initiative by 3 fashion lovers with the mission to reduce fashion consumption and waste by keeping good fashion pieces circulated within the community. They accept donations of good, clean, wear-able preloved clothings through collection drives (pick up) and kind donations (drop off). They restore slightly damaged and stained pieces to the best of our abilities before sorting them into various categories. Once sorted, items are resold at Cloop's e-shop, at its 'Open Wardrobe' store at City Sprouts, "swap at our Fashion Swap!" events, blessed to beneficiaries with specific needs, upcycled and repurposed before recycle. A part of sales proceeds go to charity. Donate your fashionware to them. 60 Textile Recycling Bins are located across Singapore to accept Clothes, Bags, Shoes & Plush Toys. Check their locations here.
If you live in the east, specifically far east, you can donate your used but still useable items to Something Old Something New at Simei. It is a thrift shop within Singapore Anglican Community Services that provides training and employment opportunities to people suffering from psychiatric conditions. The shop will train them logistics and retail skills so they gain work experience.
- https://www.metta.org.sg/.../support-us/donation-in-kind/ Accepts new electronics, new furniture, wearable & usable clothing, used IT equipment
- https://www.scwo.org.sg/wha.../facilities/new2u-thrift-shop/ Accepts clothes (men, women, and children), books & toys, bags & accessories, shoes, crockery & utensils
- https://www.cornerstoneservices.org.sg/the-barn Accepts clothes (Men and women's), household items (small to medium size), toys (complete and working), accessories (Bags, Ties, Belts, Hats, Caps, Scarves, Earrings, Bracelets, Necklaces, etc.), shoes (only in good or almost new condition), sports equipment (small to medium size)
- https://www.salvationarmy.org/singapore/dik_fts Accepts clothing, furniture, household goods, electronic devices, toys, and books
- https://www.se.minds.org.sg/minds-shop Accepts clothing, accessories, high chair, pram, kids' books, walker, kids' bedding, baby carrier, car seats, toys, bags, shoes, electronic gadgets (in working condition), furniture, kitchenware, home appliances (less than 1-year usage and in working condition), sports equipment, musical instruments, luxury items, design & craft tools, collectibles, hardware & tools, etc
- https://www.home.org.sg/donate Accepts women’s clothing, unopened food, toiletries, craft items such as sewing machines, paints, and drawing materials
- https://www.greensquare.com.sg/dropoff Accepts clean clothes, clean and wearable paired shoes, clean household linen (e.g. bed sheets and towels), accessories (e.g. belts and bags)
- https://www.imagemission.org/donate-clothes Accepts work-appropriate clothes in good condition.
- https://www.facebook.com/groups/sgfreecycle/ Accepts computers, furniture, clothing, magazines or any other WORKING items
- https://www.facebook.com/SSVPSHOPSINGAPORE/ Accepts adult and children's apparels, working appliances, homewares, ladies bags and accessories, in good saleable condition, 2 shopping bags per drop-off.
- https://www.facebook.com/InMyShoesSG/ In My Shoes is a movement founded by Dipna Lim-Prasad and James Walton to collect sports shoes and redistribute them to those in need. Reach out to email@example.com for donations
- https://www.savethatpen.org/bin-locations-1 Save That Pen gives used and unwanted pens a new lease of life by collecting donated pens from around Singapore, refilling them, and passing them on to underprivileged students in Singapore and the region. Pens that cannot be refilled or reused are stripped of their plastic and metal parts for recycling. They also run upcycling activities, turning used pen parts into creative items like pen lamps, stationery holders and pen art. Give your pen a second life. Save that pen.
As a part of the Computers Against COVID initiative, Engineering Good has been collecting, refurbishing, and distributing old laptops to those who cannot afford a new computer. Should you have an extra laptop(s) and/or iPads that you would like to donate for refurbishment, please visit the above link. At the top of the page, underneath the brief description of the program, is a blue button that links to a form you should fill out.
An initiative by social enterprise Project Dignity, Dignity Mama stalls sell secondhand books, managed by young adults with special needs and their parents. The project equips special needs youth with the skills and confidence to run a business, and supports their caregivers too. Donate English and Chinese books for adults and children (fiction and non-fiction), magazines like Reader’s Digest, National Geographic, and Young Scientists, comics, educational toys and flashcards. Dignity Mama kiosks are located at National University Hospital, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, and Sengkang General Hospital. (The kiosk at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital is temporarily closed till further notice.)
While challenging himself to solo backpacking through Nepal in 2017, Randall discovered a world far from the comforts he knew growing up in Singapore. On his return, he was inspired to start Books Beyond Borders. The idea was to sell gently-read books to raise funds for educational projects in rural places needing a literacy boost. Donate Old and new English books for children and adults (fiction and non-fiction) that are still in good condition. Pack your preloved books into a recycled box and contact them to arrange a pick-up. You can also help by purchasing books!
The Kachin Special Project - Help A Child Donate a Book provide books for underprivileged children in Asia. We provide new or used story books in good condition to orphanages in ASIA. Due to COVID-19, they have suspended collections for the time being, but plan to start again in 2021. Stay tuned to their website and Facebook page for updates. Contact #: 98281957
FairPrice Share-A-Textbook - is a Part of NTUC FairPrice’s ongoing effort to help needy families provide for their children’s education, it also promotes recycling and encourages thriftiness. Donate Gently-used school textbooks which are still in good condition. Do check the approved textbook list beforehand to find out if your textbooks are still part of the current syllabus. Assessment books, storybooks and encyclopaedia are also welcome. Drop off at 77 FairPrice stores islandwide, including FairPrice Finest, FairPrice Xtra, Warehouse Club, selected FairPrice supermarkets, and FairPrice Xpress stores at Esso service stations. Visit their website for more details.
Migrant Library Singapore - Created for Singapore’s many migrant workers, Migrant Library Singapore aims to spread the joy of reading. It also strengthens community bonding by conducting literary activities such as poetry readings and book discussions. From time to time, it takes a Mobile Library to dormitories, and helps create Readers’ Clubs in them too. Donate Books in Bengali, Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai and Chinese. The Migrant Library is located at TWC2 Dayspace on Level 2, 1C Rowell Road. Call Mr Zilani at 82241290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before heading down, and check their Facebook page for updates.
Award-winning poet Zakir Hossain Khokan, himself a Bangladeshi migrant worker, created a book-sharing initiative for his fellow foreign workers. As its name suggests, his aim for One Bag One Book is to put a book in every worker’s bag. Through this, he hopes to offer his peers a source of comfort — and improved literacy — while far from home.
Donate Books in English, Bengali, Tamil, Bahasa Indonesia, preferably novels, poetry, history and motivational books. To donate books, contact the founder Zakir via WhatsApp at 93574181 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can do so via the Facebook page.
The South Central Community Family Service Centre provides support to low-income and vulnerable families in the community. One of its initiatives is the Goodwill Store, where the public can donate food and preloved items such as books and clothes. These will be given to those in need to help them tide over tough times. Donate Food rations, books, toys, clothes and other preloved items. See these guidelines for what not to give and visit their Facebook page for updates. The Goodwill Store drop-off points are located at #01-09, 5 Delta Avenue, and #01-131, 50 Hoy Fatt Road. Take a photo of the items you wish to donate and email email@example.com before stopping by.
Every year, EcoBank (a joint initiative between City Developments Limited and Eco-Business) organises an islandwide collection drive for used items. These are sold at the annual EcoBank Bazaar. The event helps raise funds for various causes. Any unsold items are given to beneficiary organisations. Donate Books, toys, clothes, electronics, household appliances, art, and accessories in good, resaleable condition. Due to COVID-19, EcoBank has suspended all volunteer activities. Keep an eye on the event page on EcoBank’s website or Facebook page for updates on the next collection drive.
Started by a group of parents, School Kaki is a Facebook group for those looking to share used school-related items. It has also spawned a Telegram channel. No exchange of money is permitted, as it is not a charity, but a platform for sharing and giving. Donate Used textbooks, assessment books, uniforms, school bags and stationery. Anything a student needs is welcome. Join the Facebook group and/or Telegram channel. Simply make a post about what you wish to share, and those who are interested can get in touch.
Seekabook - Exchange preloved books with other Singapore book lovers, from the comforts of your home!!! Donate Any books are welcome, from kids’ story books and textbooks to general fiction and non-fiction.
The SRRFM is a pop-up market where everything is really, really free. It aims to build community through the sharing of resources. If you have any items, services or skills that would benefit your local community — which you don’t mind giving away for free — you’re welcome to set up a stall. Donate Items like books, toys or clothing. You can also offer your skills or services to others (like massages, tarot readings, yoga lessons, etc).
Different locations throughout Singapore, every two months.
Did you know that you can even donate your preloved books at National Library Board libraries in Singapore? Many of our public libraries (except those in malls) have Book Exchange Corners. You can drop off your books at these dedicated shelves for fellow book lovers to pick up and enjoy.
Donate your old or new spectacles and sunglasses to Visio Optical. It runs a collection programme via which these glasses are made available to the elderly beneficiaries from nursing homes and day-care centres, needy family and other charitable organizations.
https://www.facebook.com/byte.sg.community You can donate these items (not limited to): - Laptops and accessories (Mouse, Keyboard, chargers), iPad/Tablet, Computer Monitor, Computer Speaker, Extension Board/Power Strip/Multi Plug, Mobile Phone, USB charging cable, HDMI/VGA Cable, Projector, Network Device/cables, Storage Device (Hard drive/Pen drive), Power Bank
This is a free collection service for all who want the convenience of recycling their unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories and household linens. Greensquare will collect at your doorstep. Greensquare's collected recyclables are sold to second-hand textile importers in various developing countries. This supports our business model of providing free collection services and educational activities.
You can donate Clean clothes, Clean and wearable paired shoes, Clean household linen (E.g. bed sheets and towels) & Accessories (E.g. belts and bags) Visit Greensquare's website to know more about min donation weight for collection from your doorstep, drop off locations or to schedule an drop off/pick up appointment.
Many of us change our phones even when our current handset is well-functioning. Blessing in a Bag helps to “matchmake” your used electronics, including phones, to people who need them. They are currently looking for laptops, tablets, USB power sockets, USB power adaptors and HDMI cables.
Pass It On is a non-profit project through which you can pass on your electronic and home appliances to the needy.
Package Pals is a circular packaging initiative. Founded on the principles of Reduce and Reuse, they seek to give single-use packaging new life by collecting & distributing 2nd-hand packaging to local businesses for reuse. So next time you have a lot of cartons to give, donate to them. Alternatively, when you are moving or shipping stuff, try ordering the packaging from them instead of buying new.
Groups for blessing preloved items to low income families
Blessing items for low-income families - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1401869386774919
Give away (Singapore) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1122215354469253
Books Don’t Throw - https://www.facebook.com/groups/2312701388989998
Joyful Hearts.sg - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1755247254728047
(Singapore) give away/donate item FOC for those might need https://www.facebook.com/groups/218708315645653
Free Your Stuff Singapore https://www.facebook.com/groups/526793281460081
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