CALL: Your town council or a licensed waste collector
If you stay in public housing, your town council offers free disposal for up to three bulky items per month, not including built-in pieces or furniture that needs to be dismantled.
For condominium owners, check with the management or click here for a list of general waste collectors who can do it for a fee.
CALL: Junk To Clear
If your house is burdened with clutter that you can’t donate or sell, don’t dwell a minute longer – hire Junk To Clear, a waste management and bulky waste removal company that will take care of all your disposal needs even if it’s last minute. They deal with a range of perennial home issues including termite-infested furniture, hoarding problems, junk strewn outside landed homes and more.
Tel: 6749 2306
SELL: Hock Siong & Co
Started eight years ago and with two ex-karung guni on their team (the founder and his grandmother), this family has got an eye for treasure. They specialise in restoring old Chinese-style and classic furniture and homeware, like wardrobes, sideboards, chairs, tables vases and crockery –so if you have any traditional items in fairly good condition, give them a call. They might ask for a photograph of the items to assess them before they arrange for collection and pay for your offerings. They like to buy in bulk, so this is the perfect service if you’re moving house or upgrading your dining room.
153 Kampong Ampat
Open daily, 9.30am-5.50pm
SELL: Second Charm
The team at Second Charm gives unwanted retro furniture a new lease of life by transforming them, then selling them. They are selective about what they take – only items with vintage value and the potential to be remade into a stylish piece of furniture make the mark. Faded armchairs, coffee tables, study desks and timber cabinets are cleaned, mended, given a new coat of paint or upholstery. They will pay for your items, depending on the condition.
#05-165 Mapletree Industrial Building, 21 Kallang Avenue
Open Tues-Sat, 11am-5.30pm; Sun, noon-5pm; closed on Mondays
Photo: Second Charm/Facebook
SELL: CASH CONVERTERS
Receive instant cash when you get rid of unwanted home furnishings by selling them to cash converters located around the island. Of course, if you’re dealing with difficult-to-carry items such as home theatre systems, desktop computers, music equipment and the like, you can request for a housecall. All you need to do is fill up a Housecall request form on their website and they’ll get in touch with you regarding prices and pick-up timings. You can also check their website for the range of items they accept and do not accept.
READ MORE: 10 Signs You’re A Hoarder
Tel: 6744 8682
DONATE: Pass It On
Started by the Central Singapore Community Development Council and managed by welfare organization, The Helping Hand, this site matches items that people want to donate to the wish lists of the needy.
How it works: Post a picture of what you want to give away (bulky furniture, electrical goods, mobility aids, you name it) together with a short description of it on the website – your item should still be useful and work. Then, wait for someone to accept your donation.
Social workers from 285 voluntary welfare organisations are participants in the initiative – they too will post requests for items that families under their charge need. They do not have storage space, so your item goes directly to the needy. You can deliver it to them, or pay a fee for it to be picked up from your home.
Screengrab from Pass It On
DONATE: New2U Thrift Shop
Volunteers at the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) run this thrift shop, which accepts clothes, books, toys, bags and utensils that are then sold there. Proceeds go towards Star Shelter – a temporary refuge for women and children who are victims of violence – as well as to other SCWO initiatives. To donate, indicate “Donation for New2U” on your giveaway bags and drop them off at the thrift shop.
96 Waterloo Street
Open Mon-Fri, 10.30am-2.30pm
Photo: New2U Thrift Shop/Facebook