For some, it’s not the act of cleaning that makes them want to curl up and sleep for a week, but rather it’s the dread of what you do with items after you’ve decided to get rid of them. I’m sure many of you are like me and have sat around with a bag stuffed with once-loved clothing for months after you’ve actually cleaned out the closet. There are actually many great ways to get rid of your used clothing in ways that could either benefit you, or even better, benefit others.
There are plenty of stores like this around including Plato’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange and Clothes Mentor, in addition to independent stores in your community. The idea behind a consignment store is that they pay you for the clothing that you no longer want as long as they feel they can sell it second-hand. It often isn’t much money per item, but it’s better than the nothing you get by throwing it away.
Combining the idea of consignment stores with the ease of the internet, ThredUP is a great choice for those that don’t want to deal with bringing your items to a store. You simply fill up a bag and thredUP covers the cost for shipping the items to their headquarters. This is by far the option with the least amount of effort!
Local Thrift Store
Choosing a local thrift shop to drop your old clothing at helps the people in your community who may not have enough money to purchase brand new clothing at a store. Many people think of these places as a cemetery for clothing that existed before you were born, so anything you can donate there will be a gem.
People You Know
If you think about it, I’m sure you can come up with one person or a family that you know that might not have the means to be purchasing new clothes. Or maybe they’ve always complimented you on the dress you’re just not that into anymore. Letting your clothes be an injection into their wardrobe would mean the world to them and it feels great to see your old items get new love. Arrange a clothing swap party or just drop off a bag of (washed and folded) clothing the next time you’re in the neighborhood.
Women who are leaving an abusive relationship or trying to pull their lives together after a bump in the road have much more to worry and save about than locating fashionable clothing to wear. But proper attire is important, especially for working women or those seeking employment or even needing to meet with their legal council. Plus, this is a time when their self-esteem may be at an all-time low, and your gently used but still stylish clothing could provide that boost they need.
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