Tell and Sell Japan

Donating Items

If you would rather donate your used goods to a worthy cause, here are some of your options.

Nation-Wide (Japan)

  • FreeStuffJapan (formerly Freecycle Japan): Give things away for free. Ask for something for free. Perfect for sayonara sales where you don’t really care about getting 1000 yen for your toaster. Buyer generally pays for shipping (COD). You cannot sell items through FreeStuffJapan. (Use Tell and Sell Japan for that.)

Ibaraki

  • Asia Friendship Association, Umezono House (Tsukuba): Will accept many household goods including clothing, electronics, kitchen supplies. Items are sold at festivals and other events or sent to other countries in Asia.
  • Tsukuba International School (Tsukuba): Will accept English books, movies (VHS or DVD, any region), and computers in good to excellent condition. Content of books and movies must be suitable for elementary school children. Contact the school to see if they can accept your items.

Tokyo

  • Give Kids A Chance will accept rehabilitative equipment for children with special needs, wheelchairs, adaptive chairs, foot braces, leg braces, hip supporters, Type A baby strollers (the big sturdy kind), strollers for twins (front and back style), buggy boards, bike toddler seats (with high back and harness). We are sending them to the Philippines to give to kids with special needs in orphanages and to the poor who can’t afford such things. We will pick up around Tokyo and Kanagawa area. Can’t pay cash-on-delivery (chakubarai) fees. We are concentrating our collection around Yokohama and can go as far as Chiba or Saitama. No deadline so please spread the word if you know someone who has any of these items. rshiroiwa[at]yahoo.com. Read about this group in Cebu Daily News.

Osaka

  • The Salvation Army (Kyuseigun Tenma Shotai, 530-0041, Osaka-fu, Osaka-shi, Kita-ku, Tenjinbashi 3-6-20, Tel:06-6358-6679 (in Japanese)). Accepts donations of used, clean clothing for the homeless and needy of Osaka, Tokyo, and other areas. You must send to them at your own expense. They do not pay postage charges. They do not accept blankets, futons, pillows or shoes.

Overseas

  • New Eyes for the Needy. Accepts plastic eyeglasses, reading glasses and sunglasses in good condition; metal eyeglasses in any condition; hearing aids; pairs of prescription lenses; watches, silver and gold jewelry, and costume jewelry; silverware and giftware; dentures with gold inlays.

If you know of an organization that we should add to the list, please mention it in the comments section below.

16 Comments »

  1. There’s a second-hand clothes store in Kobe called Orange Thrifty that accepts packages of clean used clothing. They will send the money they would get for selling these donations to either ARK animal shelter in Kansai or to a local volunteer organization. All you need to do is send them the stuff! Here’s the address: http://kobe-haberdashery.com/othriftyrokko/ot-e/index-e.html The website is in both English and Japanese.

    Comment by Timorous Beastie — March 2, 2009 @ 10:21 am

  2. If you have blankets, cushions, dog clothes etc. you want to get rid of, you can send them directly to ARK Animal Refuge Kansai. They also welcome donations of things like cotton swabs, poop bags, food, kairo, etc. The website is in English and Japanese. Here’s the address: http://www.arkbark.net/e/index.htm Thanks!

    Comment by Timorous Beastie — March 2, 2009 @ 10:24 am

  3. I run a small public library for the good people of Kitakyushu, Fukuoka pref. Our collection though modest does have some quality literary fiction. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. And of course, for Kitakyushu residents, you are free to borrow what you like (at no cost). Check out the on-line library at

    http://www.mikeshouseofenglish.com/libweb/flash.html

    cheers
    mike mackay
    hagesensei[at]hotmail.com

    Comment by mike mackay — March 12, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

  4. Here’s some information on the Salvation Army:

    http://www.geocities.co.jp/HeartLand-Cosmos/7477/salvo/donatione.html

    Just in case the link doesn’t work, here’s the short version:

    IF IT’S TOO GOOD TO THROW AWAY BRING IT TO THE SALVATION ARMY

    The Salvation Army Men’s Social Centre
    (Known as The Salvation Army Bazaar Centre)
    Address: 2-21-2 Wada, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 166-0012
    Phone No.: 03-3384-3769
    Phone lines are open Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri from 9.30am to 4.00pm, except Bank Holidays.

    Acceptance of Donations: The types of items which are acceptable change throughout the year. It is better to call the above phone number before you bring or send your donation.

    Sending your Donation: You can send your donation through the post or a delivery company. However please be aware that you are responsible for the postage or delivery charge.

    Pick-up Service: The Bazaar Centre has a free pick-up service for donations within a limited area. There is a waiting list, so please book about a month before the day you want your donation to be picked up.

    How to get there by Public Transport:
    Train: The nearest train station is Nakano-fujimicho on the Marunouchi Line. There is only one exit at Nakano-fujimicho Station. When you get out from the station, turn left. Go straight until the 4th traffic light, which has a sign, “Wada 2″. Turn right at this traffic light. Go straight until you reach The Salvation Army Booth Memorial Hospital. Turn left and pass in front of the hospital. On the corner on the right you will see a brick building, which is The Salvation Army Suginami Corps. Just past that is the Bazaar Centre, a 2 storey white building.

    Bus: The nearest bus stop is Boshi-ryo mae. There is a set of traffic lights which has a sign, “Wada 2″. Head north, which is away from the supermarket and slightly uphill. Go straight until you reach The Salvation Army Booth Memorial Hospital. Turn left and pass in front of the hospital. On the corner on the right you will see a brick building, which is The Salvation Army Suginami Corps. Just past that is the Bazaar Centre, a 2 storey white building.

    You can also go and shop there, but only on Saturday mornings, until 2:00. Prices are not super cheap, but you can still find bargains.

    Comment by Elizabeth — March 15, 2009 @ 1:16 am

  5. Out, Demons, Out!!…

    Very soon you may be walking down the street, when you innocently pass someone firing beans out into the street with the war cry “ONI… wa SOTO!” (Demons, get out!). February 3rd is Setsubun, the festival by which winter becomes spring and the demon…

    Trackback by JapanInfoSwap Blog — January 26, 2010 @ 4:19 am

  6. Here are some women’s shelters that accept women’s clothing:

    Women’s shelter Saalaa:
    045-901-3527
    saalaa[at]deluxe.ocn.ne.jp

    Transitional House Phuan
    045-800-1368

    Contact them first before sending.

    Comment by Steve S. — May 10, 2010 @ 10:56 am

  7. The local children’s halls run by your ward office will take toy donations too.

    Comment by Sammy — January 20, 2011 @ 6:34 am

  8. Looking to donate wood stoves. Emergency stoves set up quick and provide heat and cooking.

    http://www.pacstove.com

    Can donate one or more to anyone who can accept shipping/handling costs. We would like to get in touch with any aid workers that may best utilize these in disaster affected area’s.

    Comment by R.I. — March 14, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

  9. Hi
    We are a used clothing grader and trader in SE Asia. We would like to donate 1 container load of winter clothing to the people in Japan. There will be heavy coats, blankets and Winter Pants in this container – Please inform me on how I can do that.
    Thanks!

    Comment by Henry Chew — March 18, 2011 @ 2:39 am

  10. Hello,

    I am looking for donation locations that can help me distribute 2500 handmade stuffed rabbits for the children. Do you know of any?
    Thanks!

    Comment by Liz — April 2, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

  11. Hello,
    We are NPO MOTHER LINK and based in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, set up after the Tohoku earthquake in 2011.
    This is the website http://www.motherlink-japan.org/

    We are currently collecting black formal clothes- black or dark coloured dresses and suits for funerals and ceremonies for male and female people in Tohoku who struggle to find sizes that fit due to their bigger build compared to Japanese people elsewhere in the country .

    We are looking for unwanted( good condition ) black or dark coloured clothes in a larger size to donate us.

    Here are the items we are currently looking for.

    FEMALES
    Black suits japanese size 11 to 17, ( US 6 to 12 )

    Blouse japanese size 11 to 17, ( US 6 to 12 )

    Black shoes with heals japanese 22.5cm-25cm ( US 6.5 – 9 )

    Black shoes for senior japanese 22.5cm-25cm ( US 6.5 – 9 )

    Female black stockings M- L, L-LL

    Black bag for funerals

    Males
    Dark coloured suit for funerals 170cm- wide size, 175cm- wide size, 180cm- normal size,

    Male shirts 170cm wide, 175cm wide, 180cm normal, 180cm wide,

    Male black shoes Japanese 25.5cm-28cm ( US6.5- 8.5 )

    Male socks 25cm-27cm, 27cm+

    Belt

    Black ties

    Our team have visited tohoku areas and talked with local people who have told us that they urgently need these clothes as there is a ceremony on 18th June 100days after the disaster 震災100日め慰霊祭 and we would like to deliver as many items as possible by that date.

    Deadline for collection is 16th June AM.

    Its been on yahoo news in Japan

    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20110606-00000052-minkei-l13

    If you could help us please staple details such as size, hight, weight, waist and chest measurement and season ( Spring Summer or Autumn Winter or all season) onto the clothing items.

    Please see the guide ( its in Japanese ) http://www.motherlink-japan.org/bazaar/rule.html

    We hope you could help people in Tohoku and our project.

    Should you have questions, Please contact us. info@motherlink-japan.org

    PLEASE SEND to
    NPO Motherlink Japan
    5-17-12 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0032

    Thank you very much!!

    Comment by hiromi — June 10, 2011 @ 5:34 am

  12. […] remembrance event.  I could only find news reports in Japanese, but found this English translation here): Our team have visited tohoku areas and talked with local people who have told us that they […]

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  13. […] of unwanted household items? Tell and Sell Japan has prepared a list of places where you can donate items which includes the Salvation Army, Freestuff Japan, and several other volunteer organizations. […]

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  14. i am accepting any computer and its parts for which i am assembling them for a very minimum amount so as to help my fellow Filipinos who cannot afford to buy such expensive stuff.. we are a group of computer technicians who go to government owned public schools to repair their computers.

    Comment by Ulysis B. Cañada — July 1, 2013 @ 6:10 am

  15. I collect used clothes, shoes, books and small household appliances in good, clean condition which I sell to fund Childrens’ Charities. I am located in Okayama and will collect within my area. Otherwise you can message me on facebook at Kathryn Sanday. All donations are appreciated as after the JET teachers leave in July my donations drop off:)

    Comment by Kathryn Sanday — September 14, 2014 @ 1:07 am

  16. Our classrooms in Camarines Sur, Philippines are need of new chairs. If your local school are planning to renovate or you have school furniture that is ready to be given away, please give it to us. Please contact julietabarientos4748@gmail.com

    Comment by Juliet Abarientos — October 26, 2014 @ 4:11 am


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