Options for Unwanted Items

second hand items for sale

Garage sales are a great way for you to make some extra money, meet your neighbours and reuse valuable resources.

Do you have items you no longer want, but they are too good for your bulky waste clean-up collection? Do you want to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill?

Hold a Second Hand Hornsby garage sale before your next bulky waste clean-up collection. This will not only help you meet your neighbours and help the environment, but you will rehome unwanted items for some extra cash.

Second Hand Hornsby

Set up the items you’re selling inside your residential property’s boundary – nothing on the footpath.

Dangerous goods, chemicals, faulty electrical items, firearms or rubbish are not allowed.

Holding a Second hand Hornsby event before your scheduled bulky waste collection may mean your unsold bulky items can be added to your bulky waste pile. Please note it’s your responsibility to make sure your waste items are eligible for collection. Check the bulky waste collection page if unsure.

second hand

Why buy second hand? Buying pre-loved items saves you money, helps charities and keeps items from landfill, saving precious natural resources.


You could consider buying second hand items at:

Visit local garage sales

Support the local reuse economy! Find a list of local garage sales near you at Second Hand Hornsby … or access our resources and consider holding your own garage sale.

A guide to local charity stores in Hornsby

Not-for-profit charity stores may accept your wearable unwanted items, please contact them prior to donating. For a list of charity stores in the Hornsby Shire please see below.

Fusion OpShop
1 Jersey Street, Hornsby
Phone 9477 5669

Lifeline Asquith
375 Pacific Highway, Asquith
Phone 9476 5876

Lifeline Hornsby Bookshop
20 George Street, Hornsby

Lifeline Waitara
63 Edgeworth David Avenue, Waitara
Phone 9489 2757

Salvation Army
29-31 Burdett Street, Hornsby
Phone 9476 1508

St Vincent de Paul Society
41 Jersey Street, Hornsby
Phone 9477 5022

A look at what's in store at Lifeline Waitara

clothing and textiles

What is fast fashion?

Fast fashion is a term to describe inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends which is then quickly disposed of.

How you can make a difference

  • Consider what is already in your wardrobe before making a purchase
  • Buy second hand
  • Buy less and choose items of better quality
  • Swap your clothes with friends or at an organised Clothes Swap
  • Donate your good quality clothing to local charity stores

Do we love our clothes too much?

Globally, more than 100 billion garments are made each year. Australians consume on average more than 27 kilograms of clothing per person each year, and that trend is increasing. Did you know it takes 2,700 litres of water to make one cotton T-shirt?

Options for unwanted clothing

Commercial clothing recyclers

Clothing Cleanup is a commercial clothing recycler who gives your wearable unwanted clothes a new life. Your clothes will be picked up from your home for free and are then distributed within Australia and overseas. They accept items in good condition including clothes, shoes, handbags, belts, scarves, hats and linen. Clothing Cleanup services most of the Hornsby Shire, for more information and to book a pick up please go to


Not-for-profit charity stores may accept your wearable clothing, please contact them prior to donating. For a list of charity stores in the Hornsby Shire please see the Guide to local charity stores in Hornsby

Garage sale

Garage sales are a great way for you to make some extra money, meet your neighbours and reduce the amount of clothing going to landfill.

Sell online

You could consider selling your unwanted clothing at:

Drop off to the Community Recycling Centre

Clothing and accessories such as handbags, shoes, belts, scarves and hats are accepted.
Household textiles such as rugs, linen, towels and curtains are NOT accepted.
Please ensure items are bagged.

Address: Community Recycling Centre, 29 Sefton Road, Thornleigh

Waste Hotline: 13 70 30

the bower

Collection and rehoming service

The Bower is an award-winning environmental not-for-profit that is committed to reuse and reducing landfill. They have agreements with over 20 Sydney metropolitan councils to collect unwanted household goods and rehome them.

Acceptable items include electronic appliances, furniture, kitchenware, clothing, books, doors and windows, timber, plumbing, gardening, hardware and tools, bric-a-brac, boxed tiles and pavers, bikes and parts, paint, whitegoods, sports and leisure goods.

Hornsby Shire residents can organise a free pick up, for more information go to

Your bulky waste collection is for large unwanted household items. These items go straight to landfill, so it should be a last resort disposal option.