Recycling and Second Hand Outlets,
If you're looking for secondhand or used electronics, furniture, clothing, etc., here are some options.
Aladin (알라딘) has branches in Bundang, Daehangno, Gangnam, Jongno and Sinchon with books of almost every genre, including both fiction and non-fiction in English at a fraction of the price of regular bookstores. The stores also carry CDs and books for Korean-language learners. Website in Korean only.
Beautiful Store (아름다운 가게) takes donations of new and used articles for resale at low prices. Beautiful Store also features products made by local artisans, and a range of eco-friendly, organic household and baby products. There are a number of branches around Korea (120 stores in 16 cities in 2016) and it is possible to arrange for your donation to be picked up. For more information re donating items, etc. call 02-2115-7260, 7269 / 1577-1113 . You can also e-mail: email@example.com. For a list of store locations and other information, including information Beautiful Store's charitable activities and volunteer projects, visit their English Website.
Goodwill Store is a social welfare enterprise that gives employment opportunities to physically and mentally challenged individuals. There is a store in the Songpa district and a collection bin in Itaewon. For more details as well as directions on how to get to the store and information on donating, see the Goodwill Directory page. You can also contact Goodwill directly via 02-6910-9191 and ask for an English speaker to arrange a pick-up.
Goodwill Collection Bins -
Itaewon Global Village Center takes donations of clothing, shoes, household items, books, toys, kitchen utensils, small sports equipment, and small household electronics. If you are unsure whether or not something is OK to donate, please contact the Center first (02-2199-8883~4) before coming to drop it off. All donated items must be clean and in good working condition. Broken items or unwashed clothing will not be accepted. Donations can be dropped off anytime during the Center's working hours 9am - 6pm (lunch break 12-1pm) Monday to Friday. Info: 02-2199-8883~4 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Address: Room 504 Hannam Bldg., 211 Itaewon-ro Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Directions: Come out of exit #2 of Itaewon Station (Line#6, Stop 630), walk straight 200m, and look for the Hannam Building which has a 7-Eleven convenience store on the first floor. The center is on the 5th floor of that building.
Yeoksam Global Village Center also takes donations similar to what IGVC takes (see above). Info:: 02-3453-9038/9 or email@example.com. Address: 829-20 Yeoksam 1-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. Hours same as Itaewon. Directions: Gangnam Station, Subway line 2, exit, stop 222 (10-minute walk from the station). Walk straight from the exit, turn right at the first traffic light, and walk straight for about 500m. YGVC is on the 5 floor of Yeoksam 1 Culture Center, next to the BMS building.
Hwanghak-dong Flea Market is located near Dongdaemun and offers everything from antiques to used furniture, electronic, pianos, cameras, jewelry and tools – primarily small items at low prices.
Korean Unwed Mothers Families Association (KUMFA) advocates for the rights of unwed mothers and their children in Korea. KUMFA’s goal is to enable Korean women to have sufficient resources and support to keep their babies if they choose, and thrive in Korean society. KUMFA accepts clothing, especially for babies and children as well as some household goods donations. Tel: 02-2682-3376. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Address: 46 Yeonhuimat-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul. Map and directions.
Recycling Centers United offer free collection of used items. There are six recycling centers and one used article center in Seoul. To see if the items you wish to get rid of are acceptable – Korea-only spoken usually:
- Gwanak-gu: 02-884-7289
- Jongno-gu: 02-762-7289
- Jung-gu: 02-2231-7282
- Mapo-gu: 02-2632-7289
- Yeongdeungpo-gu: 02-2632-7289
Salvation Army - The Provider of Hope's Thrift Stores provides another place where you can donate products such as clothing, toys, books, furniture etc. They also accept food offerings for their food market which provides assistance to the elderly, the disabled and others in need. At the Provider of Hope Thrift Stores sell recycled clothing, appliances and furniture, and never-used goods donated by individuals and enterprises.For contributions and donations, please call 02-1588-1327. Head Office:02-365-7084
Second Hand Rose is a second hand shop run by the American Women’s Club on the Yongsan Military Base, which means you must have base access to use it. However, if you can get on base, anyone can shop there – you don’t have to show military ID as in other places. Payment is made in US dollars. Hours are Monday and Saturday from 10:00 to 3:00 and Wednesday 10:00 to 6:00. The store is staffed by volunteers from the American Women’s Club and the U.S. military. For more information on volunteering or shopping at the Thrift Shop contact email@example.com
Smith Market offers previously loved and often little-worn designer clothes, shoes, bags at a fraction of their original price. Located at 76-6 Jamwon-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul (next to the Express Bus Terminal) Smith Market offers a constantly updated view of their selection online (in Korean only but relatively easy to navigate). If you have designer items, Smith Market may be interested in buying them from you. Unless you speak Korean, you'll likely need help from a Korean -speakers. Tel: 02-511-1905.
Used Town operates 11 centers in Seoul. It buys and sells secondhand items. Contact them at 02-394-8272 (Korean-speaker needed) to find out where the center closest to you is located.
Vin Prime has 8 locations around Seoul including Gangnam Subway Station, Yeoksam Station, Sadang Station, Express Bus Terminal Station, Yangjae Station, Apgujeong Station, Garden Five, Bundang Yatap, and Gwanghwamoon Station, where shoppers can find vintage clothing, shoes and accessories at very affordable prices. Stock is updated daily so mornings offer the best selection. Hours: 10AM-10PM. Website has maps (in Korean) that will help find each location (the 8 tabs between the 1st and last are store locations). Note that additional outlets will be opening in summer 2016 in Gasan Digital Station, Gunja Station, Mapo Station, Sindaebang Samgeori Station, Janganpyeong Station, Namhansanseong Entrance Station.
Yongsan SecondHand Center is a second hand furniture store located in the Itaewon area. They will buy used furniture and come and pick it up. Address: Myoung San Bldg, 646 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Tel: 1588-0788 (around Korea), 02-796-3661 (Seoul), 010-9042-7750 (Director Kim Hyo-Kun's cell). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.secondhand.co.kr.
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Last Updated on 2017-02-15
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