Recycle toys and unwanted items

Updated: Jan 14

Foreigners in Finland
Photo by Simply Finnoy Mom

Families with children know that it easy to get a house full of unwanted things such as children's toys that the children will overgrow for a couple of years. Getting rid of unwanted items can be overwhelming. We have gathered different options to get rid of them, recycle them, offer them to other families who could still use them.


There are Reuse or Recycle Centers, where one can donate many items for free, including children's toys. These centers sell a wide range of reusable household objects and furniture which have been given to them by the public, plus clothes and accessories. Look for these centers in the area where you live, as well as a nationwide online store. If you have huge items of furniture that are resellable, they will pick it up for free.


Buying and selling in Finland's Flea-Markets are common, and one can find many of them easily in most areas. The traditional flea-market rents a table for a day or two, starting from 15 euros. The famous and most known flea markets are Hietalahden kirpputori in Helsinki and Beweship in Vantaa. You have to book and sell secondhand items yourself.

A self-service flea market- Itsepalvelukirpputori

A self-service flea market is also a popular way to sell unwanted items. Usually, people rent a table/space for a week and leave their things to get them sold during that time. After a week, you can collect your money. You have to prepare beforehand by pricing the items before you can put them up for sale. The most known self-service flea market is Lanttila in Lahti. However, there are many small self-service flea markets in your local area.

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