Want to get rid of furniture because you’re leaving Hong Kong, downsizing, or simply de-cluttering? We’ve got your back.
Selling or giving away furniture can be a great way to declutter your space but how you choose to get rid of furniture makes the whole difference. There are many ways to do it, both right and wrong.
In Hong Kong, if you have unwanted furniture to get rid of, the best options are: to sell, give to a charity, and of course, pass on your pre-loved items to a friend.
However, if your friends have been living in Hong Kong for a while, chances are you’ll be forced to choose between the first two options.
Getting rid of old furniture does not mean you have to treat it like garbage. It might be useless for you, but it could be so useful and much needed for someone else.
So instead of dumping any unwanted items at your nearest landfill or paying money for someone else to take them to a landfill, why not give your unwanted items a second life?
We’re sure you’re keen to get rid of unwanted furniture, so we’re going to tell you.
- Why you shouldn’t just throw away furniture in Hong Kong
- How to determine where you should sell your furniture or give it away to charity
- What type of items charities generally accept
- The steps involved with donating furniture to a charity
- The best ways to sell second-hand furniture
Don’t just throw away furniture and other unwanted goods in Hong Kong
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.
There shouldn’t be any need to throw away perfectly good items, especially when this will only add to landfills. Finding your unwanted items a new home is not only good for the environment and a good sustainable option, but it will likely put a smile on your face.
Items are precious, especially in a city like Hong Kong, where high-quality, gently used items are abundant. Let’s not abandon items; instead, let’s give them a second life.
Here’s how to get rid of furniture that’s junk for you in the most environment-friendly way.
How to decide whether to sell or give away your furniture for free to a charity?
Firstly, let’s consider the type of items that charities in Hong Kong want. In our experience, charities are generally looking for smaller sized items in good working condition. We found it impossible to find a charity willing to accept a large-sized dining table in the past. Whilst we had a preference for finding a charity to rehome the table, we couldn’t find a charity willing to take it, so we ended up selling the item on Asiaxpat.
When it comes to selling second-hand furniture in Hong Kong, you will likely find a larger audience by posting classifieds on ex-pat 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.
The next question is, what if charities don’t want your item, you haven’t been able to sell, and you’re in a hurry? If so, the fastest method of getting rid of these types of items is to offer the items at a low price or 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 items do charities generally accept?
There are plenty of charities in Hong Kong that will accept unwanted furniture. If you are planning to get rid of furniture that you no longer need, consider a donation. However, 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, you can usually expect charities to 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
Steps for donating furniture in HK to a charity
- Send photos and details of your proposed donation to the charity.
- The charity will respond whether they’ll accept your donation.
- You will likely either have to arrange delivery to the charity, or the charity will pick up but charge you a delivery fee.
Whether you’re thinking of selling or giving away your furniture, read below for the four best ways to get rid of unwanted furniture in Hong Kong.
Best ways to sell unwanted furniture in HK
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.
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.
But what can you do if charities don’t want your furniture, you’re in a hurry, and no-one is biting on Asiaxpat?
If you place items in the “Free” section of Asiaxpat, you can expect to get rid of your unwanted items very quickly. There is plenty of demand for free furniture in Hong Kong. You might wonder why you’d offer free furniture in Hong Kong, but this is a guaranteed hassle-free method of making sure your unwanted items are re-used.
We’ve had the experience of people arriving within hours to pick-up free second hand furniture.
Offering items for free via Asiaxpat or Geoexpat really is a fast, efficient way of disposing of your items. Benefits include not having to pay for someone to take away your second-hand furniture and other unneeded items; you won’t be adding to landfill, and best of all, you won’t have to waste money on storage fees.
Keen to give your second hand furniture in Hong Kong a new home? 2nd Chance is a second-hand furniture store that purchases quality home furnishings and accessories in Hong Kong.
2nd Chance is particularly well known for selling high-quality second-hand items from stores such as Tequila Kola, Indigo, and Tree, so if you want to dispose of second hand furniture from these types of stores, 2nd Chance is a great option.
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.
Which are the best charities in HK to get rid of furniture/ give away unwanted furniture?
Crossroads Foundation distributes high-quality goods to the needy in Hong Kong and over 90 other countries worldwide.
So whenever you want to get rid of furniture that’s of no use to you, make it a point to check with Crossroads Foundation to see if they require the particular items you want to give away.
The organization collects a huge array of goods, including furniture and other home products that can benefit from being recycled.
Home products include stationery, electronic items, kitchenware, and other essential products, such as clothing and educational items.
Plan ahead of time to donate your items to their Tuen Mun office as Crossroads Foundation will not arrange pick-up. Due to high demand, you may even have to wait longer than a week to secure a delivery time.
Your discarded furniture might be worthless for you, but it might be worth something to someone. Make your unwanted furniture removal meaningful with Crossroads Foundation.
Green Dot Home
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.
Donating items via Green Dot Home will give your abandoned furniture a new lease of life.
Their website provides a fairly comprehensive list of items they will and will not accept, but we’ll summarize the key points here.
Green Dot Home will accept:
- Furniture that is in usable condition and without visible wear and tear
- They will accept include: sofas, tv stands, coffee tables, bookshelves, office tables, and bed frames.
Green Dot Home will 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
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.
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.
You can start your unwanted furniture removal process with Happyshop, as they will happily take your discarded furnishings and then add value to them. They believe in the idea of reusing local community resources while preventing and reducing wastage.
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.
Hong Kong Salvation Army
The Hong Kong Salvation Army makes sure that your unwanted second-hand items will reach the right people. Thus, giving a new life to both your used furnishings and to the people in need.
Many people who live in Hong Kong wait a long time to receive a donation of necessary items. It might be a useless piece of furnishing for you, but a donation can improve the quality of their life for someone.
The Salvation Army accepts both organizational and personal donations, which are then directly used to help needy people like the isolated elderly, ex-prisoners, street sleepers, or CSSA recipients.
They make getting rid of old furniture easier as they believe nothing should be wasted.
If your unwanted furniture removal includes heavy items or large quantities, they will arrange for the pick-up services as well. So now you can join them and help transform lives with your useful donations.
How to get rid of large furniture in Hong Kong?
The truthful answer is that in Hong Kong, the demand for second-hand large furniture is low. This is because most people have small homes, 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.
You might even be surprised to know that in Hong Kong, you might be able to get better pricing on smaller, more inexpensive pieces of furniture.
But that’s the truth; the resale value of large second hand furniture is relatively low.
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?
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 a hand 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, and preferably longer. 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.
There are many ways to dispose of unwanted items in Hong Kong. Selling, giving away for free, or donating to charity are all great options. You’ll just need to figure out what works best for you.
We hope you have found a good way to get rid of second-hand furniture in Hong Kong. Taking the time to make sure you’ve successfully rehomed your unwanted furniture is certainly a lot more rewarding than just throwing items away.
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