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