What do you do with your old clothes?

@mimpi1911 (25455)
India
January 25, 2011 2:01pm CST
I managed to sort out another bunch of clothes that I would not wear anymore. Some are only one/two time worn, virtually new and others full of sentiments. Only a few months ago, I have given away a bagful to the church. This time, I am planning to give to the girls in the village. They love to wear the trendy clothes and I am a sucker for their smiles. Another thing that struck me is the way I used to spend money. Most of it were wasteful. And with the passing away of a few months since my last shopping expedition, I am a much revived person today. To make a discussion, what do you do with your old clothes? How hard is it to let go of the sentiments behind the clothes?
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@Jacobus1919 (1684)
• Philippines
26 Jan 11
My old clothes? I usually donate them to charities or give them off to people that might have use of them. Like those cousins I have that need them.
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 11
That's great actually. Keep it up!
• Philippines
26 Jan 11
I sell them to eBay.The ones that don't sell I aceessorize to make them useful again. Like old-fashioned polo-shirts, I wear them now with belts to make them more trendy & fashionable. Some damaged ones I cut out into small squares & use them as toilet cloth so that I won't buy toilet paper anymore, they're biodegradable anyway. Others I use as rags.The soft ones made of cotton, i used to put in my kids' back to absorb sweat.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 11
That's so innovative! I really like the way you make the best use of the old clothes. How do you sell them on eBay. Is it a cumbersome process?
• Philippines
27 Jan 11
Ebay is the best place to sell, for me. It's the only place that I've actually sold my items, have so many accounts on other online marketplaces but haven't sold anything from those sites. You just have to register & all is free except if you want to add extra features but I only use the ones that are free so no problem.Everything on eBay is so easy, I dunno know if it's still as easy as before but why not try registering? From listing, selling, buying everything is hassle-free.Would love to hear from you after registering on this site.Goodluck!
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
27 Jan 11
That sounds so easy! i will just sign up and will let you know. Thanks so much.
@SViswan (12095)
• India
26 Jan 11
It is a little hard to let go of the sentiments. But I usually give away my old clothes which are in good condition to my household help or their children. If the clothes are torn a bit, I ask them to get it mended ...or else I use it as dusters and then throw them away.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 11
The househelps get the priorities in choosing from the giveaways. and then my mother distributes the rest.
@SViswan (12095)
• India
26 Jan 11
I don't have many that I give off at a time and most of my older son's clothes are kept aside for the younger one and he outgrows them. It's usually one or two sets at a time...so the household gets the one and only priority..lol
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
27 Jan 11
I think that's a great way to recycle. Having two sons or two girls, with not too much difference in between, helps in the best utilization of the stuffs. It saves a lot of money as well.
@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
28 Jan 11
Sometimes I have a garage sale and sell our used clothes and other times we donate them to area associations that either give the clothes away or sell them to make money to help the needy. We also give clothes away to people we know that can use them. It use to be hard to give things away, but has become easier over the years. Anything you haven't worn in 6 months to a year, you really don't need.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
29 Jan 11
Exactly! We should go by 12 months rule and give away anything that we haven't used in 12 months. That's makes living simpler and neater.
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• United States
29 Jan 11
That is the way I look at. If you haven't worn it for a year, the likely hood of you wearing it is very slim to none. Hope that helped. It sure will help others. Hugs
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
3 Feb 11
It did Mary. I am trying my best but still more has to be done.
• India
26 Jan 11
We are not like you, and all our old clothes are well worn. We usually keep our clothes for a couple of years, and then discard it.Usually we give the old clothes to our servants or to the garbage people.Other times, we usually barter it for a few plastic utensils, like a mug, bucket or a basin. Of course now days those kind of people who barter plastic goods for old clothes are disappearing, and maybe after a couple of years, we do not know what to do with the old clothes.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 11
One of those dying professions! I remember watching them lanes and the aunts going for the barter!
• India
26 Jan 11
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 11
Thanks Ramesh.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
26 Jan 11
I let go of a lot of my old clothes a couple of weeks ago. I had been holding onto them just in case I gained weight again but they have sat un-worn for the last few years, so they had to go. I know now that I will maintain my current weight and size for probably forever, so when the recent floods happened here, I gave them all to charity as I knew there would be thousands of clothes needed by people who lost everything. I usually do this with clothes that are still good. Any clothes that get worn out, I use for rags around the house. I sometimes even give them to charity as well as they sell bags of rags to earn extra money as well.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 11
Hey Bill, good for you. You are keeping in good shape! We cannot really rely on giving away to charities. I try to keep track of the NGOs where I know someone personally. That helps in proper channelizing of the clothes.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
26 Jan 11
That is great that you take extra precautions to ensure that your clothes go to the proper place where people need them most. I do not know of anyone that works for any of the local charities here. I just give the clothes away and trust that they are going to the right place. Anything larger than clothes, I normally give away on Freecycle.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
27 Jan 11
Corruption has reached such a level here that its hard to trust anyone. Still we have to rely on some. Best is to hand them over to the people in person. My parents goes to the village once in a while and do that.
• United States
25 Jan 11
I keep a lot of stuff incase I need them again. But once a year, or whenever I'm moving, I donate a lot to Goodwill. Sometimes I use old clothing as scrap fabric or projects, or I cut them up into rags for dusting. I also keep ruined clothes to wear when I'm painting or doing anything that ruins clothes.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 11
Those are great ways to make use of the old clothes. My mom use the cotton one for dusting and she makes collages from the different colorful ones as well.
• United States
26 Jan 11
Awesome! I don't think my clothes are colorful enough for interesting collages.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 11
Even I thouht that. But you never know the creative people!
• United States
26 Jan 11
I sometimes have trouble letting go of old clothes even if I don't wear them anymore or they don't fit. But periodically I do go through my closet and pull a bunch out. I usually donate it to a local goodwill or thrift store. If I know someone who can use it I give it to them, but if I don't then at least through a goodwill or something maybe someone will get some use out of it :)
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 11
Jesssica, you are sensible and it's a good choice, I appreciate.
• United States
26 Jan 11
Thanks :) I just hate to see anything go to waste if someone might be able to use it.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
29 Jan 11
Hi mimpi! Unless I know someone who will wear the clothes I no longer need I usually donate them. I no longer spend a lot of money on clothes because I’ve found a lot of my nicest things in op shops where clothing costs very little. The other day I found a beautiful dress which I will wear to a special dinner I have to go to. It is a designer label (so I’m told LOL) and it looks absolutely stunning. I found it in an op shop and it had no price tag on it so I asked at the counter how much they would sell it for. The man looked at it and, being a man had no idea of the quality of the garment so he said I could have it for $7.99! I almost grabbed it, paid for it and ran out of the store!
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
29 Jan 11
Don't tell me! Of course the man had no idea at all! Good for you! i think we can get a lot of good stuffs in less price if we know where to go for them.
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@dorannmwin (36697)
• United States
28 Jan 11
With my own clothes, I tend to be very minimalistic in what I will buy for myself. This means that when it comes to my own clothes, I will wear them until there is no wear at all left in them. However, I do have the two small children that tend to grow out of their clothes before they have the opportunity to grow out of them and with those clothes, I've taken to donating them to charity because I know that there are a lot of people that aren't nearly as lucky as our family and can put those items to good use.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
28 Jan 11
I am trying to be minimalistic and it feels so beautiful once you do. I am still working on many aspects that need to fixing. Giving away to charity or people who need them is the best way to bring smile to your own face and others too.
@mayka123 (9549)
• India
27 Jan 11
I try to give away my clothes away to the poor near where I stay. And also to the watchmans family and the sweeper of my building. The western outfits are given once a year to an orphanage. The older girls there are taught how to alter these clothes to their size. Sometimes they change the whole pattern to their liking which I like. I also give them my old curtains and bedsheets out of which they make doormats and quilts.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
27 Jan 11
Really nice to hear from you Nora. I think you are doing a great job. If we could ensure proper utilization ourselves we do not have to worry.
@vamship (132)
• India
26 Jan 11
hmmm, naturally i want to look posch so i will try new brands every time, and i dont think wearing them,but i think about giving that to our workers in home,they take it with pleasure so i will be happy in giving to them..... happy mylotting..
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
27 Jan 11
• India
26 Jan 11
it. Once the clothes are old, I dont have any sentiments towards it.Generally when I get a bunch of new clothes, try to put old clothes to wear at home. I give it to charity whenever there is need for it. Give it to some poor people who cannot afford for
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 11
@sissy67 (225)
• United States
26 Jan 11
I usually start giving the clothes, shoes and accessories away to friends or family members that can use them. Most times they get passed down thru the family. I also will take what I have left over and have a yardsale in the late spring and we use that money towards our summer family vacation. The left overs from the yardsale are donated to the GoodWill
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 11
I really appreciate that. I think that's a great way to recycle the still wearable clothes.
@patgco22 (35)
• South Africa
26 Jan 11
Firstly I am woman who is residing near the village, three daughters with a granddaughter. I bought most of their staff since childhod, one is at school,one at University and two working, I always collect my old clothes and theirs that can be used to Kids on the village and they are very poor. Those that cannot be used, e.g Old Jeans and trousers I cut them and sew to make hand bags, bags for peggs and other necessary accesories.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 11
You can make creative hand bags out of old jeans and my father has one. I think, you are a great person and i really appreciate your presence here.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
26 Jan 11
I don't like to throw old clothes away. that seems like such a waste to me. I try to find a friend or family member who can use the clothing I no longer want or need. If I can't find someone, I am happy to donate the clothes to the needy. Someone should get the use out of something that I can't.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
27 Jan 11
That's so true. I think you are great job by putting thoughts into action.
@thanks1961 (7049)
• India
26 Jan 11
Hi dear, We used to give the old and useful dress to some poor people. Some years before one lady used to come and collect all these used dresses and saying that they are giving it to the orphanages or other voluntary organizations. Once I noticed that the same lady sells the collected dresses with second rates on some streets. I warned the lady and threatened that I will complained to the police. But there ware few man around her and asked me to 'stop talking and go away from there'. I found the danger there and moved away. But later on the lady never come to collect the dresses. This lady were used to collect the dresses with 3-4 alternate months. All are taking advantage of the chances. But the office where I am working used to collect the used dresses to provide for the poor. And this year we had a collection of 4 tons of dress, unexpired medicine, food grains and other things also from 7 different branch offices from India. I think we have done a good job and the company has done a good job and also we do sponsors to many schools and scholarships to selected students. Thank-s
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
27 Jan 11
Thanks to you and your office. You are doing a great job! Corporate houses today have moved beyond business are are now more thoughtful and humane. I really appreciate the endeavor that you people take to make the best use of old things.
@koikei (207)
• Philippines
26 Jan 11
greetings! i give them to my brothers, as long they're not too worn out. some of my clothes before i gave them to charity. i even gave some to a friend when a fire hit their area in tondo, manila.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 11
That's really sweet of you. You are a sensible and sensitive person.
@ina_rous (10)
• Romania
26 Jan 11
I am person who often chage her clothes, and as you do, i give to the girls in the village my old clothes. Also, I have some friends who doesn't have a material situation very good, and I help them giving them some of my clothes, not only the old clothes.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 11
I really appreciate your thoughtfulness.
@aprilsong (1886)
• China
26 Jan 11
Hi, first, i think i don't have so many clothes as you. Because i have never bought a clothes, then give it away after wear it only twice. But as time goes on, i do get lots of old clothes. I try to find use for them. If i can, i will give them to poorer regions. For my kids' old clothes, if they are in good condition, i will give them to smaller kids of relatives.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 11
Hi April, That's the correct choice of recycling and living a good life. I really appreciate.