When you donate clothing and other items to thrift stores and charity

United States
September 30, 2009 7:22pm CST
do you find yourself being extra picky on what you give because you know you will be facing the person you hand it to? i know some thrift stores here have said for people to stop bringing in crap because they cant do anything with it and while beggars cant be choosers i do agree that some people really do donate items that are unsellable.. or do you figure you dont know their standards and they should be happy with whatever they get?
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@opalina143 (1237)
• Morristown, New Jersey
1 Oct 09
I always try to give good stuff. I won't give any clothes that have stains, but I will bring stuff that is a little worn sometimes. Usually the clothes I give are in very good condition, but if I'm giving books they may be a bit tattered. After all, people know that when they go to a thrift store they are getting second hand- but I have some pride in what I give so I try to make sure the clothes at least are in good shape.
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• United States
1 Oct 09
yeah exactly.. i wont give clothes with stains and etc but its amazing when you go to shop at a thrift store and you see some of the stuff that is all stained or torn up and its like do these people have no pride?!?! or common sense??
• Mexico
2 Oct 09
Yes, why should i donnate some trash to other person. That's not human :(
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
1 Oct 09
Hi Moonlitmagikchild, I did donates some of my old clothes to charity.I don't see the point why I should throw away those old clothes since It can help other people who really need them. Last December when I was back to my hometown,I got my maid to help me tidy up my bedroom. I found alot of old clothes hanging in the cabinets and I don't have much space to put my existing stuffs now. Some of the old clothes are belonged to my sister and some are mine. We have not been touching to all those old clothes for years since we are married. After tidying up, it all came out to be three big boxes . Coincidentally, I got a news from my sister - in -law that there is an organization who is helping to collect those old clothes for poorer families.I quickly sent that three boxes to them. I really hope my old clothes can really fulfill their needs.
• United States
2 Oct 09
im sure you made a huge difference in a lot of peoples lives with your donation
• Malaysia
1 Oct 09
No, not to thrift store. I do not sell my clothing. I normally give it to the church for charity. Sometimes, I do go to the Old folks Homes and provide them t-shirts I do not use. Normally, these are excess from gifts.
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• United States
2 Oct 09
well some thrift stores like goodwill take whatever you give them and sell it to fund their charity and programs that help handicapped and poor people get jobs etc
• Australia
1 Oct 09
Shopping is a favourite hobby of mine (if only I had the cash to support it), about every 3 months I go through my daughter's clothes and my clothes and if anything has a rip, stain or starting to fray I either throw them out or use them as rags otherwise they get sent to the thrift store. Beggars can't be choosers ... but how much of a nicer feeling do you get when you know that you are giving them good stuff to wear.
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• United States
2 Oct 09
yeah not to mention will sell higher and quicker for the company that if they are like goodwill they help poor people get jobs and etc
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
1 Oct 09
i am pretty careful but i know that the thrift store that i donate clothes to take some of the clothing and if its not in the best of shape, they have a rag company that they sell unusable clothes too, so they take it all.
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• United States
2 Oct 09
thats really cool!
@Ravenladyj (22940)
• United States
1 Oct 09
I would never give or donate unwearable or unsellable clothes...that stuff either goes in the trash or is used around here for rags....Do I find myself being extra picky cause I might have to face the person at the store? No not at all....But again I wouldnt hand in junk ya know....
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• United States
2 Oct 09
yeah.. even though my stuff i was donating was all in good shape i couldnt help but wonder if the person was like GREAT MORE CLOTHES! or something lol
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
1 Oct 09
I give to thrift stores all the time. I'm very picky about what I give to them. I don't have to hand the actual clothing to them, rather I have them in bags. They don't know who gave them what once it's in the store. Still, I wouldn't hand them anything that was seriously worn or frayed, broken, whatever. I don't even like giving them shirts that are missing a button! Well, I do, but only if I don't have time to sew a button on it before I give it away. I shop at these thrift stores. I like to see nice, second-hand clothing and not something with, say, a big bleach stain or sweaters pulled out of shape. No, I'm very picky about what I give to them. The way I see it, if I wouldn't wear it, chances are most people wouldn't want to wear it. If I have something that is in bad shape, I'll think about ways I can recycle it myself before throwing it away, like an old, frayed towel I cut up to use as rags, some cotton shirts are great to wax cars with, etc.
• United States
1 Oct 09
yeah i would give something i would think would be worthy of me wanting to buy it if i were a shopper since i too love thrift stores but see way too much junk and stuff that is just unsell worthy
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
1 Oct 09
I won't donate anything I wouldn't wear myself...what I donate is usually something I am tired of or something someone has given me that I don't particularly like......or anything I haven't worn for over a year....I do think though that some would get use out of anything they get.....like homeless.....they could benefit from something that is stained as long as it's in good condition.
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• United States
1 Oct 09
yeah true the homeless may be glad just to get clothes but since i know that the store will be trying to resell it im pickier and make sure its sell worthy
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
1 Oct 09
When I make my donations to charity I don't feel like I am extra picky. I don't give junk, but I'm not giving my top of the line stuff either. I sell a of the things that we don't use anymore in yard sales and the things that I end up donating are the things that aren't as likely to sell at yard sales. Meaning the clothes that my children have outgrown but that aren't name brand. Things that we just don't need anymore. Clothes that are mine I donate as well. Mostly the stuff that we donate to charity is just the things that we don't need any more but we know that they still have a lot of use left in them.
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• United States
1 Oct 09
yeah its like if i cant sell it at a yard sale or online but its still in good shape i will donate it.. i try to get some money out of my old stuff first and obviously i wouldnt wanna sell crap so if i was willing to sell it then it must be ok to donate
@dpauli (407)
• Indonesia
1 Oct 09
I'm quite picky of the design that I still want to wear, but I never want to give the ones that look too old or has any defect on it. Imagine if you're given something bad by your friends, say for birthday. I hope that stuff is not a donation but can act as gifts to the poors.
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
17 Nov 09
Well, I wouldn't be picky when donating to charity or thrift stores. If they reject my items once too many times, I would just sell it away at garage sales or to the rag-and-bone man just to get rid of them rather than throwing it into the dumpster where it would be of no use to anyone else.
• United States
18 Nov 09
well they dont tell you if they reject it they just wait for you to leave and then throw it away
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
19 Nov 09
I have done my part. What they do with it, it is their business already. At least, that is what I feel.
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• United States
1 Oct 09
Moonlight- The one thrift store that I sell to accepts only gently used items. These are typically items my children have only worn a few times, etc. They only took $10.00 of the last donation and I still had two large trash bags full. I donated the remaining items to Salvation Army. However, the ones donated were tear free and stain free. If my children stain an outfit it becomes a rag, because I don't believe in the "beggers can't be choosers" saying. I believe if you are going to give something to someone else it should be worthy of being worn on your own child. Namaste-Anora
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• Pamplona, Spain
1 Oct 09
Hi Anora, I have given Clothes to my nephew only as he was always short of good Clothes they were always good clothes too it´s just that he was much smaller than my Sons then. Also I would always make sure that the Clothes were not stained or torn or worn out and with those bobble effect wear and tear causes on kiddies clothes. I ended up buying my nephew clothes a lot of times too because my Sons sometimes got through their Clothes quickly. In fact I felt sometimes like I had bought up another Son without him being my own. Here it´s difficult to give good clothes away to strangers there is always a ninetynine percent rejection of this way of doing things most people just throw them in the Bins and thats it.
• United States
2 Oct 09
i try to sell whatever online first just so i can get some income since im disabled and cant work but after a few tries i will just give it to goodwill or if its something that wouldnt be ship friendly i will give it to them.. but if its not good enough for me to sell online with my name and rep attached then it wouldnt be donated either.. beggars cant be choosers is like the worst way i think to think when it comes to donating clothes to a thrift store since they have tosell it to help the needy so its not like there is a homeless person on the street with out a coat to where any coat they would like etc.. but even then i would want to give nice stuff anyways lol
@nadooa247 (1096)
• United States
4 Oct 09
honestly when my family donates anything we ask ourselves.. if God forbid we were in a situation that we had no option but to take help from such resources.. would we accept or take these things?? basically.. if it isnt good enough for you to wear.. it isnt good enough for anyone. no exceptions.
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• United States
7 Oct 09
yeah thats my thinking too
@KrauseHome (34995)
• United States
2 Oct 09
Well, for me, it depends on who I am donating the stuff too and how much time I have to go thru the stuff as what I will give someone anymore for sure. I truly believe that if it is junk it is best to be thrown away, but when it is something good and of use to someone it is better to find someone else who can use it. I seldom give stuff to Thrift Stores anymore and will often find other means of places to donate instead.
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• United States
2 Oct 09
usually if its not a clothes related item i can find a person i know that can use it like furniture etc but clothes are hard for me to match up with anyone since i am a small size but yeah its nice when you know who its going to
@jugsjugs (13045)
1 Oct 09
I tend to put everything that is no longer needed in a black sack and end up just dropping it into a charity shop and then going,but where i live i noticed that there are always charity bags being left so i tend not to go to charity shops as i end up getting rid of all that i have in the bags that get collected from my house.If it is a charity they will always be glad of what ever you have no matter what.
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• United States
2 Oct 09
i know goodwill had on the news to not give crap to them anymore because they are getting too many items they couldnt use and it was keeping them from getting around to the things they could.. i thought it was weird for a place that relies on donations to have said that but then again some people really do give awful stuff so i can see why they said it
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
1 Oct 09
I try to donate items that I think others can use. If it's not useable, I try to find a way to recycle it - some places take old clothes and turn them into rags, for example.
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• United States
2 Oct 09
yeah or if you sew pillows and stuff you can use old clothes as stuffing.. i did that when i made my cats bed once
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
1 Oct 09
I find that i always make sure that things arent stained or ripped before i donate them. I also tend to take the time to repair the seams before i do too. I dont think its fair of me to expect them to go through and have to toss things that should ahve been tossed rather than donated so i do it before hand.
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• United States
2 Oct 09
yeah they are busy enough trying to run everything else
@katsmeow1213 (29029)
• United States
1 Oct 09
I will only donate my stuff to thrift stores because of the shape it's in. I know plenty of people who could use the things I'm getting rid of, but I don't feel like going through each bag of stuff and picking out things that are good enough to donate to someone I know vs. what should go to the thrift store. So I just send it all in. I figure there are people who go to thrift stores specifically looking for rags with stains so they can wear it for their painting projects, or to work if it's a messy job, or to make their hobo holloween costume out of. You just never know what someone can use and what they can't.
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• United States
2 Oct 09
thats true!
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
1 Oct 09
I check the clothes I take to thrift stores or give to charity. If the clothes are worn bad I throw them out and also if they are stain badly they go into the trash. I no I have a standards of what I would buy from a thrift store and goes by it. The charities are helping out people and do not have time to be going through every piece of clothing to see what condition it is in they are hoping that what people give is in usable condition.
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• United States
1 Oct 09
yeah no kidding! i would hate to have to sort through a ton of clothes that are crap to find suitable ones
@sweetie1026 (1723)
• Philippines
10 Oct 09
I think that when we donate something, we should take into consideration if what we give could still be of good condition so that the person who gets it will still be able to use it. If we give out things that can not be o use to anyone, then there is no charity in that. We give because we want to help, no matter what the standard of the person who will receive what we gave. It feels great to know that we have helped even in a small way and that we have made others happy with what we did.
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