Pass It On www.passiton.org.sg
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.
New2U Thrift Shop 96 Waterloo Street, tel: 6837-0611. Open Mon-Fri, 10.30am-2.30pm, www.scwo.org.sg
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.
Free is the keyword here. Post what you want to give away in a chat box on the website and if there’s someone looking for your donation, it’s a done deal. Most givers and receivers liaise through the Facebook page, where you can upload photos of your item.
Hock Siong & Co 153 Kampong Ampat, tel: 6281-8338. Open daily, 9.30am-5.50pm.
Started eight years ago and with two ex-karung guni on their team (the founder and his grandmother), this family have 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.
Second Charm #05-165 Mapletree Industrial Building, 21 Kallang Avenue, tel: 6294-2919. Open Tues-Sat, 11am-5.30pm; Sun, noon-5pm; closed on Mondays. www.secondcharm.net
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.