It’s closet clean-out season! Once you’ve done the work of going through your existing clothing inventory and organizing what you’re keeping, the odds are, you probably have at least a bag of clothes to get rid of. Whether they’re pieces that don’t fit, aren’t your style anymore, or have some wear and tear, it’s time to say goodbye! But the last thing you should do is throw them in the trash. We do not need any more clothes ending up in the landfill if we can help it! So where do you get rid of clothes you no longer wear? There are a ton of options, some of which require little to no effort at all.
Here’s where you should get rid of the clothes you no longer wear!
This is probably the easiest way to get rid of the clothes you no longer wear. There are donation bins scattered all around the city. All you have to do is pack up your items in a bag (or multiple bags) and throw them in. It varies where the clothes will end up depending on the organization, but they will likely go to a thrift store where a portion of the profit will go to a charity.
Similar to the above, it’s super easy to drop off your used clothing at the thrift store, except this way you can usually snag a coupon and do some thrift shopping yourself while you’re there!
Give To A Friend
Before you go ahead and get rid of the clothing you no longer love, ask your friends if they want to go through it first! You can even do a little clothing swap and end up with some new-to-you finds.
If you want your clothing to directly help those in need, the best way to do so is to directly drop your gently-used clothing at a homeless or women’s shelter. Note: It’s always a good idea to call ahead first.
Selling your pieces online may require a little bit of extra effort, but it’s definitely worth it if you’re getting rid of some high-ticket items! Some easy places to sell used clothing online are Poshmark, Depop, eBay, etc.
Another way to earn some extra money on clothing you were going to get rid of anyway is by consigning! Consigning is obviously more suited for those particular pieces that are on-trend or are a good name brand.
Retail Recycling Programs
More and more retailers have joined the secondhand and recycling movement with donation boxes in stores! For example, H&M has recycling boxes across the globe where you can donate textiles you don’t want anymore – even the rags! The textiles get sorted into 3 categories; Rewear: Wearable clothes are marketed as secondhand clothing, Reuse: If the clothes aren’t suitable for wear, they’re turned into other products, and Recycle: All other clothes and textiles are shredded into textile fibres and used to make other things – like insulation materials, for example.
If you have enough stuff to get rid of to host a garage sale and have the space to do so, why not go for it? You can even gather some friends to join in! If you don’t want to host one yourself, contact local churches or charities and one may be happy to take in some of your unwanted items to contribute to their next rummage sale!
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