One man’s junk is another man’s treasure
Some things you don’t need anymore may be exactly what someone else is looking for.
Give your used items a new lease of life and pass them on to someone who will appreciate them, instead of throwing them out.
1. Gumtree Swap & Shop
Online classifieds website Gumtree holds “Swap and Shop” sessions and flea markets every now and then and on June 4, they’re having one for kids where you can swap kids clothes, toys, board games, books and educational material with others.
2. Singapore Really Really Free Market
You heard that right, a market where everything is free! If you have stuff (or even skills) to share, you’re welcome to set up a stall. And you can take anything you want if you find something you like.
The idea is to have a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy, and counteract capitalism in a non-reactionary way. It started in 2009 and the next event will be on June 19.
But do note that items which do not find a new home by the end of each session will be disposed of, so do return to check and collect your remaining items.
3. Share-A-Textbook project
Every year-end, local supermarket chain NTUC FairPrice drives this project which collects used school textbooks from the public and pass them on to low-income students. This meaningful recycling project has been happening since 1983 and more than 3.5 million used textbooks were collected in total.
Read more about the Share-A-Textbook project here.
If you have home appliances, furniture, medical aids, mobility and learning aids in good working condition to get rid off, list them on the Pass-It-On website and Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) in Singapore will get in touch with you if any of their clients need what you are offering.
5. Donate items to worthy causes
You can also donate your old belongings to support local causes. Find out more details in the following links:
6. Visio Optical
If you have reading glasses or sunglasses you don’t need anymore, drop them off at Visio Optical. The store will channel them to people who are unable to afford or access quality eye care. They will receive the necessary eye exam and lenses will be made for them to fit the spectacle frames you donated.
7. Book exchanges
Too many books and not enough space? We know the struggle all too well. Drop off some of your used books at book exchange corners so other readers can enjoy them.
8. Blessings in a Bag
Delivering “blessings” to disadvantaged kids and rural communities in Southeast Asia and Singapore, the organisation accepts donations-in-kind from such as clothing, school supplies, hygiene products, and kids-related products to distribute to needy communities.
Check out their wish list here and see if there’s a match with the items you were intending to throw out.
By Muneerah Bee, June 2016