So the hard work is done — you’ve edited down your closet with a giant “donation” pile and 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:
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.
2. Local Cinderella Projects
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. (There are Cinderella Projects in California, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maine.)
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.
More Once Upon a Child stores are popping up all over the country, and they’ll pay cash (or store credit) for gently used kids’ clothes.
5. Moxie Jean
Similar to ThredUp, 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.
With over 2,700 Goodwill donation centers in the U.S., you’re bound to find one near you. Drop off your box of donation clothes and they’ll sell them in their well-known retail stores. Find a Goodwill near you.
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.
8. Local Shelters, Crisis Centers, and Churches
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.
9. Clothing Swap With Friends
Make it a party!
10. Social Media
This is the newest way to whittle down your wardrobe — what with popular fashion bloggers selling their used clothes on Instagram and on their blogs. If you don’t have an online following, try posting a heads-up status to your friends and family on Facebook.
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.
Where do you usually donate clothes? Do you have any other donation locations to share?