Are you having a clear-out and want to find where to donate your much-loved possessions in Hong Kong? From charities to non-profit organisations, consignment shops and more, here’s where to donate or sell your things in the 852. It’s time to cull the clutter and feel great doing it!
It’s no secret that our tiny apartments in Hong Kong can accumulate a whole lot over the years. Especially if you have babies, toddlers and kids that are growing up at the speed of light, with clothes or shoes that have been worn once or twice, and in some cases, not at all! Take the opportunity to do some serious clearing out and sort through everything from toys to books, and even furniture and electronics. You can either sell or, better yet, donate these pieces to some pretty stellar charities, non-profit organisations and consignment shops (listed in alphabetical order) that will greatly benefit those less fortunate. Donating in Hong Kong has never been so simple!
Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some organisations have altered how and what items they receive as donations. Please make sure to contact them directly if you are unsure.
2nd Chance Hong Kong – Buy, Sell And Donate Quality Second-Hand Furniture, Accessories And Decorations
This platform for people to buy, sell and donate 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. Contact them through email to sell unwanted furniture or to buy new pieces.
What you can sell, donate or buy: Furniture and home accessories
Caritas Community Centre – Charitable Donations Of Clothing, Toys And Money
The official social service agency of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, Caritas was founded in 1953 and focuses on the needs of the “3 Ls” – the last, the least and the lost. It firmly believes in giving people a second chance. Support its wonderful programme by dropping off your items at their door. You can also give cash donations to support the charity, or invite friends and family to make a donation to Caritas in stead of gifts for special occasions.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing and toys
Christian Action – Donate Clothing, Baby Items And Toys That Are In Good Condition
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. Its 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. You can drop donations yourself in Kwun Tong from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, or Saturday mornings from 9am to 12pm.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, baby items and toys
Crossroads Foundation – Accepts A Huge Range Of Donations From Clothing To Electrical Goods, Furniture, Toys, Baby Gear And More
A long-standing NGO, Crossroads is no stranger to Hong Kong. It has been helping people in the community and all over the world for over 20 years in the business of connecting those in need with those who can provide help. It accepts all forms of re-wearable items, which then go into its Global Distribution programme. Half of the distributed goods go to cases sponsored by the Social Welfare Department, and the other half is designated for foreign countries. Mail your donations in, drop them off at its door or call for a pickup (though the latter can sometimes take a few weeks to arrange).
What you can donate: A lot! All wearable clothing, electrical appliances, furniture and household goods, baby items and toys (changing tables, cots and high chairs, and strollers, etc. are always needed) and miscellaneous items as well
Friends of the Earth – Used Clothes Recycling In Hong Kong, Plus Bedding And Handbags
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Programme 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! It has many collection points all over Hong Kong.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, shoes, bedding, handbags
Flow Bookshop – For donating books, CDs, vinyl and DVDs in Hong Kong
If you’re a book lover but they keep multiplying on your bookshelf, head over to Flow Bookshop on Queen’s Road Central and pass on the love. The second-hand book store will then sell on your reads. Plus, it also accepts music and movies as well (CDs, vinyl, DVDs, etc.). Keep up to date about what new items it has in stock via its Facebook page and keep a look out for rare finds (book-lover birthday gifts sorted).
What you can donate: Books, DVDs, CDs and vinyl
Flow Bookshop, 1G Kai Fung Building, 189 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 9278 5664, WhatsApp: (Surdham) 9278 5664, Partner Bookshop: Lily Bookshop (same address), WhatsApp: (Lily) 6977 5833, email@example.com, Follow on Facebook: @flowbooksnet
Green Toysland – For donating children’s toys and stationery in Hong Kong
A registered Social Enterprise (recognised by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service), Green Toysland accepts donations of pre-loved children’s toys and stationery and donates them back to underprivileged children of low-income families. It asks that you take pictures of the items that you’d like to donate and send them via WhatsApp (9191 8526) to David, who’ll make sure the toys are suitable before arranging a pickup from you.
What you can donate: Toys and stationery
Green Toysland, Flat A, 4/F, Wing Chai Industrial Building, 27-29 Ng Fong Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 9191 8526, firstname.lastname@example.org, Follow on Facebook: Green Toysland (the page is not in English but you can translate it)
H&M – Donate all used clothing and materials, no matter the condition
Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth – Accepts donations of gifts, stationery and toys in Hong Kong
This government organisation helps people with disabilities. Second-hand toys and useful stationery items will be most helpful to young people. You can drop your items off at the Federation’s address or arrange a pickup service upon request if you have lots of things to donate. Just note that due to limited resources, you must arrange the collection 1 to 2 weeks in advance.
What you can donate: Toys, stationery, gifts and premiums (it used to also take all wearable clothing and books for young adults)
Hong Kong Salvation Army – Accepts Donations Of Clothes, Children’s Toys, Books And More
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 a discount. It accepts all re-wearables (but note it does not accept towels and underwear). For bigger items get in touch and they’ll arrange a pickup. There are more than 200 collection points throughout Hong Kong. If you have a lot to give away (five or more large bags of clothing, or heavy items such as fitness equipment and large musical instruments etc.) you can arrange a pickup.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, children’s toys, books (including school/educational books), small electrical appliances, fitness equipment, musical instruments and more
Hong Kong Salvation Army, Unit A, 1/F, Tung Chun Industrial Building Block A, 9-11 Cheung Wing Road, Kwai Chung, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2332 4433 (recycling hotline), WhatsApp: 9688 5670, email@example.com, salvationarmy.org.hk
Kids4Kids – You Can Donate Children’s Books And Stationery
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 Programme whose mission is to alleviate invisible poverty by “collecting from those with and donating to those without”. In the past, it has donated everything from books to stationery to sports equipment, household appliances and toys. Each year, the students decide what items are needed.
What you can donate: It is currently looking for donations of children’s books and stationery
Mother’s Choice – New Or Good Condition Baby Items Like Baby Food, Baby Bottles, Baby Changing Mats, Cleaning Products, Etc.
Mother’s Choice provides care for babies awaiting permanent homes, and for single girls and their families facing crisis pregnancies. While its specific needs are always changing due to capacity, it is often looking for new or good condition baby items which in the past have included clothes, toys, bibs as well as electrical appliances including personal computers, air conditioners, cameras, nappies and more. Get in touch to learn more or visit its site to see their current gift-in-kind needs list.
What you can donate: Good condition baby items and useful products
Oxfam – Donate Wearable Clothing, Handbags, Small Home Appliances, Books And More
Founded in the UK in 1942, Oxfam is one of the oldest humanitarian organisations. Oxfam has had a very busy year with its COVID response programme, with one element that focuses on supporting children from poor family backgrounds in Hong Kong and across the globe to continue their studies. You can also donate items to this charity in Hong Kong. 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.
Pathfinders – Donate A Wide Range Of Baby And Sanitary Items For Migrant Women And Children
Pathfinders has helped over 4,800 migrant women and children in Hong Kong through its social welfare, health care services and more. Ensuring that each woman and child is treated with respect and has access to basic resources, this organisation accepts donations that could be used by babies and mums alike. You can drop off items at either the head office (address below), Redress collection boxes (clothing items only) or with a volunteer (contact details at the bottom of the page).
What you can donate: A wide range of baby items and sanitary items, see the full list for details of what to and what not to donate
Pathfinders, Unit 2D, 2/F, Worldwide Centre, 123 Tung Chau Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 5500 5486, WhatsApp for donations (Martha): 5508 8304, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pathfinders.org.hk
Po Leung Kuk Orphanage – Donate Computers, Stationery, Toys, Books And More
Po Leung Kuk provides welfare, educational and cultural services to its young community. This charitable organisation provides support for orphaned children, education and other services. Donations in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of its service recipients (particularly children, the elderly and low-income families) are always needed. Drop off your items at its door and your donations will go towards young people in need.
What you can donate: Electrical appliances, computers, stationery, toys, books, household accessories, cookware, etc.
Redress Hong Kong – drop off your unwanted clothing, shoes or accessories
Redress is an environmental NGO working to reduce waste in the fashion industry. Passionate about recycling, upcycling and combatting clothing waste, you can find numerous international fashion stores around the city to drop off your unwanted clothing, shoes or accessories. Pop to your nearest store and drop your goods at the Redress collection box, where they’ll be sorted and redistributed to reuse, repair, resell (raising funds to support Redress), or recycled.
What you can donate: All types of clothes, shoes and accessories from any brand, in any condition (it doesn’t accept underwear or scrap textiles)
Remar Hong Kong – Re-home furniture and electrical appliances
A Christian charity dedicated to helping drug addicts, the homeless and other people in need, Remar Hong Kong has a large warehouse and is able to take your larger electrical appliances and furniture. Call or email to arrange a pickup (with charges for assistance and travel).
What can you donate: Large electrical appliances and furniture
Retykle – Donate preloved clothing, baby gear and more
Retykle accepts and sells high-end kids’ clothing (from 0 to 10 years) with a simple click on its 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 while gaining points to purchase other pre-loved goods! It works with numerous charities as well.
What you can sell: All new or gently used children’s and women’s clothing – check its website for approved brands
St. James’ Settlement – Food Bank Accepting Donations Of Canned Or Dry Foods In Hong Kong, Plus Other Items
These folks run a number of charity projects, including daycare, donation services and a food bank for the elderly. Drop off canned or dry food which has an expiry date more than eight weeks away.
What can you donate: All wearable clothing, small electrical appliances and canned or dry food items.
Vision First – You Can Donate Blankets And Bedding, Winter Clothes For All The Family, Toiletries And More
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 it than by providing basic necessities that they otherwise wouldn’t have?
What you can donate: Octopus cards, SIM cards, blankets and bedding, winter clothing, shoes, baby items, dry food and more
Other Notable Mentions For Donating Or Selling Used Goods In Hong Kong
- Save The Children Hong Kong – This international charity works tirelessly to give back and offer a brighter future to our next generations, www.savethechildren.org.hk
- Unicef Hong Kong – Another international charity with a branch in Hong Kong, Unicef works to reach the most disadvantaged children and adolescents and to protect the rights of every child, everywhere. www.unicef.org.hk
- Carousell – You can sell anything, really! The app is easy to use and it’s simple and quick to list what you want to sell, hk.carousell.com
- GeoExpat – You can sell a whole range of things, especially used amongst people moving or leaving Hong Kong, geoexpat.com
- Asia Expat – Works very similar to GeoExpat, hongkong.asiaxpat.com
- Various Facebook groups (e.g. Swap It HK Baby Club, Baby Swap It)
Read more: How To Introduce Your Kids To Sustainability
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in January 2019 by Sassy Mama, and updated in May 2019 and November 2021 by Alex Purcell Garcia.