So the hard work is done — you’ve edited down your closet with a giant “donation” pile, and you’ve bagged up your kids’ outgrown clothes.
If you’re having a hard time deciding the best place to donate outgrown or gently used clothes, here are 12 of my favorite options:
12 Donation Locations 1 of 13
So you purged your closet (and the kids' closets) and have bags of clothes ready to donate? Here are 12 places to consider dropping off old clothes...
Dress for Success 2 of 13
If you have professional attire that you really don't wear anymore — maybe you're taking time off to stay home, or you're switching to a less corporate job path — consider donating them to disadvantaged women who could use a new look to go out on interviews.
Check out Dress for Success.
Local Cinderella Projects 3 of 13
Are you still hanging on to prom/bridesmaid/formal dresses that you'll never wear again? Look for a local Cinderella Project to donate your old formal dresses to local girls unable to buy a prom dress.
Donate Your Dresses 4 of 13
If you're having a hard time finding a local organization to donate dresses, DonateMyDress.org is a huge prom-dress-donating organization. Here is an entire list of dress donations across the country.
ThreadUp 5 of 13
Although they won't accept all donations, you can donate or sell (for money!) good-condition name-brand clothes for kids or women. (And then if you want to spend some money, they have an impressive collection of gently used name-brand clothes.)
Check out ThreadUp.
Once Upon a Child 6 of 13
Moxie Jean 7 of 13
Similar to ThreadUp, Moxie Jean will buy (or take) your like-new baby and kids clothes, but only up to size 8. A unique perk of Moxie Jean, however, is that you can opt for cash, store credit, OR you can donate to patients at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
Check out Moxie Jean.
Goodwill 8 of 13
The Salvation Army 9 of 13
One of the most established donation centers, The Salvation Army is an obvious donation option. You can also schedule a pickup or just find a drop-off location.
Check out The Salvation Army.
Local Shelters, Crises Centers, and Churches 10 of 13
Not all shelters and crisis centers accept clothing, but call up some local organizations — churches, battered women's shelters, homeless shelters — and ask what kind of donations they need. Your old clothes could really help your at-need neighbors.
Photo: Flickr/Baltimore Heritage
Clothing Swap with Friends 11 of 13
Make it a party!
Social Media 12 of 13
eBay 13 of 13
Don't overlook the obvious, here. I have a friend who buys all of her son's clothes on eBay, and then sells outgrown clothes to pay for another batch of clothes.
Check out eBay.
Where do you usually donate clothes? Have any other donation locations to share?