When it comes to moving to a new home or when you’re leaving Hong Kong, one of the most difficult things is deciding what you should do with your furniture.
You want to make sure that you are doing something that will be good for the environment and not just getting rid of it in a way that will cause more harm than good. Here are five ways to get rid of old furniture without causing any environmental damage.
5 best ways to get rid of old furniture in HK
Asiaxpat – Great way of selling unwanted furniture
Why we chose it:
- On Asiaxpat, items such as wardrobes, dining tables, and sofas are in high demand.
- Even though it’s unlikely you can recoup the original amount of money you spent on the item, you’ll be able to get a modest amount of money from your furniture.
How to sell furniture on Asiaxpat:
- Generally, all that is required to place an ad on Asiaxpat is to upload photos of your item, state your asking price, your contact method, and some basic details about the item.
- Don’t forget to include the furniture’s measurements and notes on the item’s condition and age to stand out from other sellers.
- Make sure you upload photos taken from a few different angles – it’ll save you from an influx of questions later on.
- Great website for selling second-hand furniture quickly.
2nd Chance – How to get rid of unwanted furniture in Hong Kong and make money
Why we chose it:
- 2nd Chance is a second-hand furniture store that purchases quality home furnishings and accessories in Hong Kong.
- This store is particularly well known for selling high-quality second-hand items from stores such as Tequila Kola, Indigo, and Tree.
How to sell furniture on 2nd Chance:
- Reach out to 2nd Chance via Facebook or call them (+852 2496 1222) with information regarding the item you’d like to sell. Once the information is received, they will let you know if they’ll take your item.
- If you’re one of the lucky ones, expect a cash offer within two working days.
- If they accept more than $2,000 worth of your items, they’ll even arrange pick-up and collect your items free of charge.
- 2nd Chance is a great way to sell quality second-hand furniture. On the other hand, if you are looking to offload Ikea furniture, give 2nd Chance a miss and instead try Asiaxpat or a charity.
Crossroads Foundation – Great option for furniture donation in Hong Kong
Why we chose it:
- Crossroads Foundation distributes high-quality goods to the needy in Hong Kong and over 90 other countries worldwide.
- The organization collects a huge array of goods, including furniture and other home products, that can benefit from being recycled.
- Products they want include stationery, electronic items, kitchenware, and other essential products, such as clothing and educational items.
How to get rid of furniture with Crossroads Foundation
- First, you need to contact Crossroads Foundation to see if they require the particular items you want to give away.
- You will need to register your unwanted item on Goodcity.hk; it’s pretty simple, click here to start the process.
- You will need to enter the description of the item, the size, the quantity as well as some photos; this will only take a few minutes
- Their experts will review your items and let you know quickly if they have been accepted.
- Crossroads Foundation will not arrange pick-up; if your items have been accepted you will need to organize to have your items delivered to Tuen Mun
- You will need to book a time slot; due to high demand, you may have to wait longer than a week to secure a delivery time.
- Make your unwanted furniture removal meaningful with Crossroads Foundation; this is a wonderful charity doing great work.
Green Dot Home – How to get rid of old furniture for free
Why we chose it:
- Green Dot Home is all about sustainability and helping the needy with a focus on recycling and re-using furniture and homeware.
- While some of the items donated will be given away to those in need, others will be sold, and the money will be donated to charitable organizations.
- Their website provides a fairly comprehensive list of items they will and will not accept, but we’ll summarize the key points here.
What items will Green Dot Home accept?
- Furniture that is in usable condition and without visible wear and tear
- Sofas, tv stands, coffee tables, bookshelves, office tables, and bed frames.
What items will Green Dot Home not accept?
- Dismantled furniture
- Items that are no longer functional
- Any furniture that has been specifically designed/tailor-made for your apartment
- Items that are damaged
How to donate second-hand furniture to Green Dot Home?
- You can deliver your goods to their warehouse in Tsuen Wan, or Green Dot Home can arrange a time to collect the items for an extra charge.
- Don’t leave the donation to the last minute, though— arrange the pick-up service about a week in advance to avoid schedule conflicts.
- Another great option for furniture donation in Hong Kong
Happyshop – Great method of furniture disposal in Hong Kong
Why we chose it:
- Founded in 2012, Happyshop aims at promoting sustainability by upgrading and improving both the second-hand product’s quality along with its functionality.
- Thus, their idea of helping you get rid of old furniture is to take old, unwanted pieces and make them look completely new and perfectly-finished.
What items will Happyshop accept?
- Happyshop accepts all kinds of used furniture, starting from beds, cabinets, tables, chairs, sofas, office furniture to mattresses. You just have to make sure your furniture is in good condition to be useful for someone else.
- While Happyshop strives to perform a free pick-up service of donated items where possible, they can no longer provide this service to everyone.
- They welcome direct drop-offs to their warehouse in Tai Kok Tsui. As with most donations in Hong Kong, send them photos of the unwanted furniture, as well as your deadline, and they will try to accommodate.
- For full details on how to make a furniture donation with Happyshop click here.
- The company’s goal is to recycle and repurpose furniture. Yes, please!
Now let’s turn to getting rid of other household items.
Hong Kong Salvation Army – for book donations and toy donations
Why we chose it:
- The Hong Kong Salvation Army makes sure that your unwanted second-hand items will reach the right people.
- People in need in Hong Kong can wait a long time to receive a donation of necessary items. It might be an unwanted household item for you, but a donation can improve the quality of life for someone else.
- The Salvation Army accepts both company and personal donations, which are then directly used to help needy people like the isolated elderly, ex-prisoners, street sleepers, or CSSA recipients.
What items will Hong Kong Salvation Army accept?
- New or used items that are clean and in working condition; they don’t want damaged items
- They will not accept furniture and will only accept smaller items such as clothing, toys, books, and small electrical appliances
How to donate items to the Hong Kong Salvation Army
- When it comes to donating items to the Hong Kong Salvation Army, there are two options.
- The first option is to contact the Recycling Hotline and arrange a pickup if the quantity is large. Otherwise, you will need to drop the items off at one of their stores.
- For full details on how to make donations to the Hong Kong Salvation Army please click here.
- The Hong Kong Salvation Army is a very reputable charity doing a lot of good work; now you can join them and help transform lives with your useful donations.
Useful tips & info on how to get rid of unwanted furniture in Hong Kong
Our experience with donating used furniture to charities
In our experience, charities are generally looking for smaller-sized items in good working condition. In the past, we found it impossible to find a charity willing to accept a large-sized dining table.
At that time, even though we had a preference for giving the table to a charity, we couldn’t find a charity willing to take it, so we ended up selling the item on Asiaxpat.
Our experience with selling second-hand furniture in Hong Kong
When it comes to selling second-hand furniture in Hong Kong, you will likely find a larger audience by posting classifieds on expat sites.
For example, if you have large bookshelves, cabinets, or sofas, the chances are that trying to sell items on websites like Asiaxpat or GeoExpat will enable you to get rid of your items more easily than the charity-route.
What is the quickest way to get rid of old furniture?
If charities don’t want your item, you haven’t been able to sell, and you’re in a hurry, what should you do? Offer the items for free on Asiaxpat.
You will simply be amazed at how quickly your items will be picked up and taken away once they are offered for free.
Whilst this method won’t generate any money, at least it will prevent perfectly good items from going into landfills, and you won’t have to pay someone to come to your home actually to throw your item away.
What type of second-hand items do charities generally accept?
Most charities tend to be quite strict about the items they will and will not take. Charities generally provide a list of items they prefer to take in on their website.
As a general rule, charities generally want:
- Smaller-sized, practical furniture that is in good condition and has no visible signs of wear and tear
On the other hand, charities generally do not want items that are:
- Damaged or worn-out
- Any furniture that has been disassembled
- Over-sized furniture
- Any pieces of furniture that were custom made for your own apartment
Common steps for donating used furniture in HK to a charity
- Send photos and details of your proposed donation to the charity.
- The charity will let you know whether they’ll accept your donation.
- You will likely either have to arrange delivery to the charity, or the charity will pick up your items but charge you a delivery fee.
FAQs about getting rid of unwanted furniture in Hong Kong
How to get rid of large furniture in Hong Kong?
Demand for second-hand large furniture is low. Charities generally don’t accept large furniture because it doesn’t align with their needs, and people who do have large homes often prefer to buy new. This makes selling second-hand large furniture in Hong Kong difficult.
If you’re selling a high-quality item, you could try 2nd Chance. But, otherwise, in our experience, you’ll need to offers these types of big items for relatively low prices on one of the second-hand platforms such as Asiaxpat, GeoExpat, or even Carousell.
Is the Hong Kong second-hand furniture market large?
Yes, it is. People are frequently leaving Hong Kong, and new people are always moving here.
You might be surprised how quickly and easily you can either buy or sell second-hand furniture in HK. But keep in mind, there is a higher demand for smaller, practical pieces of furniture.
Are there any dumping services in Hong Kong?
Yes, you can pay for someone to come and take away your unwanted items. Another option, which is likely going to be cheaper, is to locate your nearest refuse collection and either transport your items directly there or pay a “man with a van” to take your unwanted items to the collection center on your behalf.
Refuse collection centers accept both second-hand furniture and second-hand electrical appliance free of charge.
I need a man with a van; who should I use?
The ultimate man with a van is Gogox (aka GOGO Van). Booking a Gogox is as easy as booking an Uber. Fees cost as little as $55, and you can get connected to a driver and van within seconds.
You will be offered multiple van sizes, and unsurprisingly, the smaller the van you require, the lower the cost. If you need help carrying items from the driver, you can add (and pay extra) for this service.
I want to donate my Hong Kong 2nd hand furniture; what should I do?
If you want to give away items in Hong Kong, we recommend you give yourself at least 1 month. Sometimes it can take time to get onto a charity’s pick-up schedule. However, the good news is that most charities will be able to tell you very quickly whether or not they are interested in your item.
If you’re interested to learn more about making charity donations, check out Guide on Where to Donate Items in Hong Kong.
How can I get free furniture in Hong Kong?
People often find themselves in a hurry to leave Hong Kong so, you’ll be surprised at the high-quality pieces of furniture that people are willing to give away.
Where can I sell my used furniture in Hong Kong?
Can Ikea pick up old furniture?
If you are purchasing a new item at Ikea, Ikea can pick up and arrange disposal of a similar type of furniture. For example, if you buy a sofa from Ikea, for a fee, they will pick up and take away your old sofa. Various conditions apply, to learn more check out this link on picking up old Ikea furniture.
In Hong Kong, sometimes it may feel like disposing of unwanted furniture and other items is harder than it should be. Space is limited, and it’s unlikely you’ll have friends who need an extra sofa.
But just because you’re friends don’t need additional furniture doesn’t mean you should stop there. There are plenty of ways to dispose of unwanted items in Hong Kong.