Besides donating centres, there are a lot of great ways to can give away unwanted stuff and get back things you need for free!
Clutter: we all want less of it. From cutting down on shopaholic habits to being more selective and making ethical choices in what we buy, everyone’s jumping on the Marie Kondo bandwagon these days. We’ve already got our spots for donating stuff to charity but what if you wanted to give away your unwanted stuff directly to someone who needs it? Hold on to your clutter, we have options for that!
When it comes to reuse and recycling, Freecycle is a global nonprofit movement to shift unwanted stuff among communities. Singapore has its very own chapter as well and functions as a platform (mostly active in Facebook) to put out unwanted items you don’t need and in turn help provide someone with what they do need by giving them access to the item. At the same time it’s important to keep in mind that it’s not about just taking items that are free for the sake of getting free stuff, it’s crucial that you focus on being a responsible member by taking only the things that you need and can use.
Created with the simple concept to make it easy for anyone to give away and request for goods without any monetary exchange, the Freegood app came to fruition. Think Carousell, but where everything is for free. Founders Siddharth and Yuvi Bhasin were inspired by their past experiences in getting rid of unwanted stuff and also wanting to help others. Instead of letting everything become junk, Freegood aims to foster a culture of reducing waste, helping the environment and others at the same time. Win win!
Freegood, download for iOS
If you love shopping, chances are you’ve spent quite a lot contributing to the fashion industry’s socially and environmentally hazardous practices. It’s time to scale it back and create the change that the fashion world needs to embody. How? By buying less and reducing waste, of course. But if you were to get rid of unwanted items in your closet that no longer fit your taste or lifestyle and replace them with pieces that you want, you wouldn’t be wasting anything and that’s where Swapaholic comes in! Sign up to keep tabs on their events around the island to be part of this movement.
Singapore Really Really Free Market
They say nothing in life is really free but what if we told you that such a movement exists in Singapore? The Singapore Really Really Free Market (SRRFM) is a market where everything is really, really free. Held occasionally since 2009 (you have to be sharp for updates!), all the goods and services available at this market is free and nothing is for sale. Absolutely anyone with unwanted stuff or skills and craft are welcome to be part of the movement – and if you find something you like, you’re welcome to take it. Pssst, there’s one happening soon!
Singapore Really Really Free Market, 2 Jun, Kampung Kampus, 91 Lor Chencharu, Singapore 769201
Carousell may be everyone’s favourite online and mobile marketplace to score a bargain or deal but if you’re determined enough, you’ll find that you can also get on some freebies on the platform. From furniture to clothes, it’s worth taking some time to check out what’s brewing in the Carousell world if you really need something!
If you don’t seek, you’ll never find. Facebook is a treasure trove when it comes to hunting for free stuff. From expats moving away to unwanted baby stuff, there’s tons of groups giving away loads of free unwanted stuff in Singapore. Where to start? That search bar at the top!
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