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Clean start (Part 2)
by Laura Tan, Lesley Teoh and Rohaizatul Azhar



Pro Services & Transport
15-14 International Plaza, tel: 6758-8915,

What: The 10-year-old company specialises in removal and disposal services for homes and offices. It will dismantle bulky items and provide the necessary boxes.

Requirements: None.

How: Call to make an appointment. A representative will come to your home to assess the items and quote you a fee according to the number of items and their weight.

For instance, removing a living room set would typically cost $200.

Zion Moving & Storage
02-07 LW Techno Centre, tel: 6487-7657,

What: This 10-year-old company specialises in the removal of bulky items from homes.

Requirements: None.

How: Call for a fee quotation for the removal of bulky items such as refrigerators and furniture sets. For example, the charge for disposing a dining room set is about $150, depending on the weight and size.


The Salvation Army
Five collection points islandwide including 20 Bishan Street 22, tel: 6555-0188, e-mail: [email protected]

What: Donate your unwanted goods that are still in working condition here. Besides bulky items such as household furniture, it also accepts old clothes, books and knick-knacks.

Requirements: Furniture needs to be in usable condition. A representative will come to your house at no charge to assess the condition of the items.

How: Call to make an appointment or send an e-mail to see which collection point is nearest to you. Once the items are assessed and accepted, The Salvation Army will collect them at no charge. There is no charge either if your goods are not accepted.


Lorgan's The Retro Store
100E Pasir Panjang Road, 01-03 Century Warehouse, tel: 9455-0133,

What: Enter this 16-year-old store and take a trip back in time - retro wares here range from art deco furniture to vintage light fixtures to pieces from the 1950s to 1970s, the store's speciality.

Requirements: Non-conventional furniture pieces from between 1950 and 1980. Antique furniture dating as far back as the 18th century is also accepted.

How: The store will assess if your pieces fit its requirements. Send a photo to [email protected] for an assessment and quote. When an agreement is struck, the store will collect the items at no charge.

Paul Trading & Services
801 French Road, 01-31, tel: 9023-1399, e-mail: [email protected]

What: Give your old furniture a new lease on life with custom designs from furniture designer Paul Poh whose works have been used in the window displays of brands such as Issey Miyake and Paul Smith in Hilton Singapore.

You can also swop your old pieces for cash.

Requirements: Your furniture must have a certain quirk factor. Lee does not buy conventional furniture from the likes of Ikea. There are no requirements for updating furniture pieces.

How: E-mail a photo of your furniture to Poh for an assessment. To refresh your furniture, call to make an appointment. There is no charge for collection of items. Charges for reworking your furniture depend on design and materials. A typical re-design of a dining chair costs between $100 and $300.


2 Kallang Ave, 08-12 Kallang Bahru Complex, tel: 6293-5250, e-mail: [email protected]

What: This 19-year-old company offers regular collection of recyclable materials such as waste paper and books from both homes and offices.

Requirements: None.

How: Those with large quantities of paper products, such as a big stash of old books or magazines, can buy a white recycling bin from the firm for $75. These will be collected weekly, fortnightly or monthly, depending on the amount of recyclable material generated in the area.

This service is not available to those living in Housing Board flats but the company offers a free pick-up service to any household that accumulates at least 100kg of paper.

What: Bookcrossing is an international online organisation with 836,114 members, of which 2,242 currently reside in Singapore. Members leave books in public areas to be picked up and read by others.

Requirements: Make sure your book is properly 'dressed' to attract attention and withstand weather conditions. Put it in a clear Ziplock bag and stick a brightly coloured Post-it note with the words 'Free Book' on the cover.

How: Sign up online and register your unwanted books, which will be given a unique serial number so that you can track the progress of your book. You will also need to print out and attach to the book labels bearing the Bookcrossing logo - which is available from the website - as well as the website URL so that those who pick up the book can post updates on its whereabouts.

When 'releasing' a book, cafes and community centres are good starting points because of the heavy human traffic.


The National Library Board (NLB)
Library Supply Centre, 3 Changi South Street2, Level 2 Xilin Districentre Building B, tel: 6546-7275, e-mail: [email protected]

What: The NLB accepts donations of books from individuals, organisations and publishers.

Requirements: It is particularly interested in materials on Singapore and South-east Asia. Fiction titles are generally not accepted except those on Singapore or by Singaporean authors.

For a full list of guidelines on the NLB'S selection policy, log on to

How: Log on to and submit a list of titles you wish to donate on the 'donate from public' page, together with your particulars.

Post or drop off books at the Library Supply Centre. It provides a free pick-up service for those who are donating 100 or more books.

Fei Yue Family Service Centre
Tel: 6416-2162, e-mail: [email protected]

What: The organisation was founded by the Chinese Christian Mission in 1991 and currently has 10 branches that provide a range of services, including family counselling, elderly care and childcare programmes.

Requirements: The books should be in usable condition and the organisation has asked for books suitable for children aged two to six for its Early Intervention Programmes for Childcare and Infants (EIPIC).

How: Donors should drop their books off at the EIPIC Centre at Block 101 Jurong East Street 13, 01-188. The centre operates from 8am to 5.30pm.

e-mail: [email protected]

What: The website was started in 2007 by Lim Da Wei, 28, a Nanyang Technological University computer science graduate who is now an engineer. It offers a free platform to sell and buy used books. It originally catered mainly to students selling used textbooks but has since expanded to include all types of books, including comics and classic works. There are currently about 2,450 titles for sale.

Requirements: None, although sellers are advised to state the condition of the books.

How: You must sign up as a member on the website and provide your particulars before you can make transactions online. The service is free and there are no membership or transaction fees.

The recommended prices of university textbooks or general fiction and non-fiction titles range from $20 to $40. If in doubt, try taking $10 off the original purchase price.
Tel: 9177-5104

What: This virtual bookstore caters exclusively to Singapore residents and stocks various genres of books and magazines. There are now about 1,515 titles available. The website is open to buyers and sellers as well as those looking to exchange books.

Requirements: None.

How: Register online for free and upload a photo of the book for sale together with its publication details. Payment is usually by Paypal. The service is free but for an additional $10, members will have their details verified by the website, which guarantees increased sales.

For book donations, e-mail [email protected] for details.



Recycling Point Dot Com
2 Kallang Ave, 08-12 Kallang Bahru Complex, tel: 6293-5250,

What: The 19-year-old company collects used computers, printers, printed circuit boards and other electronic gadgets for recycling.

Requirements: None.

How: Call to make an appointment for free home collection.

Tes-Amm Singapore Pte Ltd
9 Benoi Sector, Tes-Amm Building, tel: 6861-3576,

What: The five-year-old company recycles unwanted electronic goods as part of an initiative to save the environment.

Requirements: None, but computers and computer parts, rather than household electronic appliances, are preferred.

How: Drop off unwanted electronic goods at the bins on the ground floor of the building or the front counter.


National Environment Agency
Tel: 1800-225 5632,

What: The NEA develops and spearheads programmes to help create a greener environment.

How: For a full list of donation and collection points, visit /locations/map.html


Cash Converters
Five outlets islandwide including 01-674 Block 192 Toa Payoh Lorong 4, tel: 6354-3380,

What: Sell your used electronic gadgets and get instant cash. For instance, you can get $20 for a PSP game and about $100 for a game console.

Requirements: All items have to be in working order and come with the necessary accessories. No large furniture items and appliances such as washing machines and fridges and 'old school' items such as cassette players and laser discs. For a full list of acceptable items, check the website.

How: Take your items to any of the five outlets - Admiralty, Ang Mo Kio, Bedok North, Jurong East and Toa Payoh (check locations online). A selling price will be negotiated based on the condition of the item. The store does not provide price estimates over the phone.

35 Perak Road, tel: 6396-3846,

What: The five-year-old company buys your unwanted electronic gadgets. It also helps you find buyers for your electronic appliances and gadgets that they do not accept so you do not have to go through the hassle of advertising.

Requirements: None. Non-working electronic gadgets are accepted too.

How: Take your smaller gadgets to the store for an assessment and price quotation. For bulky items such as TV sets and computers, call and make an appointment and the company will collect them at no charge.



Save The Environment Programme
52 Genting Lane, 01-01 Block I Ruby Land Complex, tel: 6293-5250, e-mail: [email protected]

What: Set up earlier this month, this local non-profit project programme picks up any unwanted items, from clothing to old electrical appliances, directly from your home.

Requirements: Pick-up is free if you can gather at least 100kg of items. All clothing should be bagged before pick-up. Undergarments, socks, towels and clothes that are torn, stained, tattered or mouldy will not be accepted.

How: E-mail your name, contact number, address, items to be picked up and preferred date and time to [email protected].


Minds Good As New Charity Shop
800 Margaret Drive, tel: 6474-1043

What: This charity shop, which supports the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (Minds), accepts unwanted lightly worn clothing, jewellery, bags and shoes. The money raised is used to fund Minds' projects.

Requirements: Items must not be too big or bulky and should be in a decent condition. Rejected items are given to rag-and-bone men.

How: The shop is open only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10.30am to 3pm, but clothing can be deposited in the donation box outside the store anytime.

Blessings In A Bag

Two drop-off points, including Comics Mart, 02-05 Serene Centre, tel: 6466-4213, and Scape Youth Centre lobby, 113 Somerset Road, tel: 6735-4144, e-mail: [email protected],

What: A local non-profit organisation founded in 2007 by 987FM DJ Emily Teng, 23. Donated new or used children's and adult clothing - and also blankets, first aid kits and toys - are sent to the needy in Asia including Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Requirements: Will take all clothing but ask yourself first if you would wear the item yourself or give it to your own child or a friend to wear.

How: Drop off the items between 11am and 8pm daily at Comics Mart; and between 10am and 10pm from Tuesday to Sunday at Scape Youth Centre.

Singapore Council of Women's Organisations Centre, 96Waterloo Street, New2U Shop, tel: 6837-0611,

What: Run by volunteers, this thrift shop set up in 2000 sells pre-loved clothing to raise money for Star Shelter, a refuge for abused women and children.

Requirements: When dropping them off, mark the items 'Donation for New2U'.

They must be clean and in wearable condition.

How: Drop the items off at the SCWO lobby between 9am and 6pm, Mondays to Fridays.


Maternity Exchange
Exchange Concepts, 09-13 Eunos Tech Park, tel: 6841-9142, e-mail: [email protected],

What: Set up in 2005, the store sells and rents maternity clothes from both local and international labels. From Feb16, it will launch a 'Buy My Love' service where customers can sell maternity clothing they no longer want or need for a cheque or vouchers to use at Maternity Exchange.

Requirements: Only lightly worn occasion and work wear labels such as Seraphine, Ripe and Isabelle Oliver. No casual clothing such as tank tops and tees.

How: E-mail a list of brands and photos of your items. If they are suitable, a representative will make an appointment with you to view the items at the Eunos office. Maternity Exchange has a store in Marina Square but it will not entertain walk-in requests for this programme there.

Her Glass Slipper
30 Raffles Place, 02-26 Chevron House, tel: 6438-0211,

What: This designer accessories boutique is collecting used shoes to sell to raise money for the Kidz Horizon Appeal.

The charity helps children with chronic and terminal illnesses.

Get a $50 gift voucher for the store and a $50 coupon for the website for every pair of shoes you donate.

Requirements: Shoes can be from any label but no sneakers, boots or flip-flops. They must be wearable with no scratches or scuffs. Leather straps and heel tips must be intact. Shoes must be donated before March 31.

How: Take your shoes to the store between 11am and 8pm from Mondays to Fridays and between 11am and 3pm on Saturdays.

Tanglin Mall Second Hand Fashion Bazaar
Information Counter, Level 2 Tanglin Mall, tel: 6736-4922

What: A street market is held every first and third Saturday of the month where the public can sell second-hand clothing, bags and shoes. Currently, there are about 50stalls.

Requirements: Vendors must be 18 years and above and hold a Singapore IC. To rent a space, pay a non-refundable fee of $85 via Nets. No minimum number of items but you must keep them within your allotted stall space.

How: To register for a stall, apply a month in advance, although sometimes spaces are available earlier.

01-45 Tanglin Shopping Centre, tel: 6838-0108

What: The 12-year-old store buys and sells second-hand designer luggage, handbags and wallets. Buying price depends on the condition of the piece and what season it is from.

Requirements: You must leave your personal particulars if you are selling a piece; these will remain confidential. Bags must be from high-end labels such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes or Chanel and be in good condition - small scratches will be factored into the price. Tears or deep markings are a definite no.

How: Take your items to the store to be assessed.

Cash Converters
Five outlets islandwide including Block 710A, Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, 01-2625, tel: 6453-8858,

What: Cash paid on the spot for items. The chain also makes free house calls if you have a lot of stuff. Download a House Call Request Form from the website then e-mail or fax your list of items and someone will get back to you within three working days.

Requirements: You must show your IC. No clothing or shoes, but fashion accessories such as sunglasses, bags and watches are accepted.

All items must be in working condition and have the relevant accessories, such as a sunglasses case.

How: Drop off your items at any of its five outlets between 10.30am and 9pm daily. Check store locations online.

'Your Clothes Friend' Swap
E-mail: [email protected]

What: Event organiser Laura Coulter, 32, an expatriate from Canada, has been hosting these women-only clothing swops here for the past six years. Events are held two to three times a year with an average of 50 participants each time. Turn up with as much or as few clothes as you like and take any quantity you like.

Any clothing not swopped is donated to The Salvation Army. Door proceeds go to Habitat For Humanity, an international non-profit organisation that helps find affordable housing for the needy.

Requirements: Must be in good, wearable condition.

How: The next swop is on Feb 10, 7 to 9pm, at 54 Blair Road, near Outram MRT. There is a flat door fee of $20 per person.

Tel: 9134-9955,

What: This online company lets registered users swop unwanted clothes, bags and shoes with people around the world, using YouSwop dollars (YS$). YS$1 is equivalent to US$1. You can swop items ranging from clothing, consumer electronics to DVDs.

Requirements: To register, you must be 18 or over. Items must be in good condition and listed with accurate details and a realistic value in YS$. You can also give away your items.

How: To be a member, you must be invited. If you do not know existing members, e-mail [email protected] to have your application reviewed.

Once you are accepted, you can upload the items you wish to swop with a realistic value in YS$. Other users can then opt to buy your item with their YS$. You earn YS$ by uploading more items to swop.

This article was first published in Urban, The Straits Times.

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