What do you do with old clothes and things that you no longer need?

United States
January 11, 2007 8:55am CST
It's that time of year again when I do my best to clean out the old kids' clothes that no longer fit and get rid of extra stuff around the house. I was wondering what others do with their old clothes and things? DO you donate them locally? DO you send them to another charity? Toss them out? I know that someone could use so many things that I no longer need but I always wonder if people get the clothes that I put in the donation box at the Salvation Army locally. Are there better places to donate?
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• United States
11 Jan 07
I always send my clothes to the Salvation Army. I really do belive that the items you donate there are getting to the people that need it. I went one day while the store was open and there were lots of people there getting the stuff they needed. I realy felt better dropping off more clothes. If you were looking to make any money off of the items you are getting rid of you could have a garage sale or sell the items on ebay. anyways good luck to you.
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• United States
11 Jan 07
I'm glad to hear that people are getting the clothes. I end up having so many that the kids grow out of that I would love to pass them on. In fact, with 4 kids, people have given me things too and I really appreciated that when I needed it then
@jricbt (1455)
• Brazil
12 Jan 07
I do the same, the salvation army seems to be the best option for used clothes (and other things that I no longer need) where I live. Don't like to sell used stuff (unless is something like a car, but clothes, tv, these things I choose to donate them)
@kareng (7986)
• United States
11 Jan 07
I donate our stuff to a local charity of either Volunteers of America, Salvation Army or a local group that is collecting for a specific cause such as someone losing their home to a fire. As for putting clothing in the boxes, I've seen homeless people here going through the boxes before the Salvation Army has picked up the contents. So yes, the clothing is going to needy people.
• United States
11 Jan 07
Thanks for adding that-I know that there should be plenty of clothing available for people who need it but I always wondered if they got it
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• India
11 Jan 07
if the clothes are in good condition, then it is given to people who cannot afford to buy clother.
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• United States
11 Jan 07
We donate a lot of our old stuff. We send some things to Goodwill, some to the Salvation Army, and some we donate just to places around here that accept baby clothes and such that they give away to people who need them. I was fortunate enough to get more clothes than I ever needed when I was pregnant with my first son... I have outfits still with the price tag. I see if any friends need them, and pass them along, or donate them to the local place. I keep a few of my favorite outfits just in case we have another boy, but nothing much. I feel so much better when I am able to help people out.
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• United States
12 Jan 07
Everyone has great comments regarding donation. However, if you have a large family and are on a budget, consider selling on Ebay or a consignment shop. Also, have you checked out your local Freecycle community? There are communitites throughout the US that offer needed items for free.
• United States
12 Jan 07
Ebay is a great idea for people who need to earn some money for new things to replace the old clothes. I think that people can also find some good deals on clothing lots for their kids at ebay, so it could benefit both ways
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
11 Jan 07
Freecyle Logo - image of the freecycle logo
Well I go through them and ones that are stained or full of holes I get rid of. The others I put up on freecyle for others to get. That way I get rid of them and someone who really needs them can get them as well. I love freecyle and how it really helps your community and the people in it. http://freecycle.org/
• United States
12 Jan 07
Freecycle is new to me and I am going to look into it. Thank you for posting it.
@maryannemax (12174)
• Sweden
11 Jan 07
before buying my own stuffs, i need to save for them. i don't belong to a rich family that's why i need to save before buying stuffs for myself. and when i don't need them anymore, i just try to put them in a place in my room or in a box. it's not that i am greedy. i do give them away to friends when i think they need them. i am not just much into donating stuffs in organizations here. since most organizations in the philippines where you can donate your clothes and other stuffs, some just don't arrive to people in need. the people assigned in such organizations get to pick first on the donations. and that's really annoying. i just give old things away to people i know. atleast, i know that they'll be in good hands.
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• United States
11 Jan 07
That's a shame that some organizations do that and I like your idea of giving to people you know too.
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@mythmoh (3994)
• United States
11 Jan 07
as my kid is growing most of the cloths bought for her will not be able to use.even mine and my husband's also.once in a month in our apartment we will be having the salvation army truck will be coming and will be there for a couple of hours.so i will give it to them.in our apartment they will donate sometimes furnitures,cookwares also.
@design (848)
• Ireland
11 Jan 07
I give a lot of my kids smaller clothes to friends, If not I pass them and other items to the local woman's refugee. A lot of women arrive here with nothing.
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@yogirl87 (98)
• India
11 Jan 07
i donate them to the orphanages in our area.. there are a lot of really poor ppl in india who work in houses as maidservants.. they dont have good clothes to wear, not even shoes.. i generally give my old stuff to their kids..
@uath13 (8227)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I live in the middle of nowhere so a yard sale would be next to pointless. I'd list the items on freecycle. There's groups like it all over. You post items your giving away and see if anyone wants them. If I don't find someone there i just box them up and take them down to the closest goodwill or charity. Usually the stuff you donate stays local, I've seen some of my old stuff on the shelves.
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• United States
12 Jan 07
Freecycle is new to me and it sounds like it might be a good program. Thanks for sharing
@BONOMBO (74)
• Greece
12 Jan 07
Here in Greece ussually everybody gives old clothes and staff that he doesnt need to the church.and then the church gives it away to the people that are in need of them.it is something like the salvation army in states but i would suggest everybody that can to give and some money and not only in the christhmas period but all the year.People want our help.It is nice to make somebodys life better and easier.
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@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
12 Jan 07
I just donate them to family members or friends if they are still in good condition. Nowadays charity fund raisers seem reluctant to accept used clothes. Even those working for illegal immigrants in my country. They prefer food stuff or money but no one seems more reluctant to accept used clothes.
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@justreal (2369)
• Canada
12 Jan 07
Donations - this photo represents donations.
I give it to donations and charities. I also give it to the Salvation Army as well.
• India
12 Jan 07
I always donate old clothes to maid servant and poor boys and girls.Recently I have received information from our colleagues organisation that they have set up a team to collect old clothes and donate it orphange centres. For this I have to fix a date and time and be ready with the clothes. They will come and collect the clothes. I am fully satisfied with this arrangement. Because the donation reach to the needy. What more do you want?
@shrys03 (1016)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
what we do is we put all the old clothes in a box, then we keep it.then if someone came and ask if we have some old clothes we give it to them..or donate it to the victim of calamity... *__*
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• Philippines
12 Jan 07
well basically our old clothes and things that are no onger needed are being shared and given to less fortunate families especially those who are affected by calamities....
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• United States
12 Jan 07
if it's still wearable i give it to someone wo has a child that can wear it but if not i throw it away. because why give others junk you wouldn't want someone giving you.
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I live out in the country and our dump is just a row of dumpsters. They have built a small shack at the entry of the dump, they call it "the mall" and if you have stuff that is good for use still, you can leave it at "the mall". People come in and "browse the mall" and take what they need. This is awesome, as it reduced the amount of stuff thrown away that is still useful. It also helps the less fortunate people by giving them stuff free that they need.
@fujin1985 (684)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
we have this habit of giving out our old clothes to relatives whose sizes are similar to ours. there was a time though that we donated most old clothes when a calamity struck the philippines. as for other rotten old clothes, there's no other choice but to make them as rags!
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• United States
11 Jan 07
It sure is that time of year isn't, I am in a MAJOR de-cluttering mode, so I am getting "rid" of tons of stuff, clothing, furniture, dishes, etc. etc. The clothing I look over and if I have a friend or know of someone who needs it I pass it on to them (providing they want it)and if not I will donate to goodwill, dav, or salvation army (that choice is usually made by what is closest to the area of town I am going that day). My husbands, suits, dress shirts, ties, that are in good condition - we try to send overseas to a bible school we support (and my husband visited) If the clothing is damaged I just toss it, and dishes, knick-knacks, stuff in that category I usually give to various consignment shop owners to sell. Paper / cardboard stuff in that category goes to the recycling bin and finally "junk" I can fit in my car goes to dump!! What I can't get in the car goes to the curb and I call the city for pickup -- I have been trying to declutter in every room of the house, basement and attic included at least 30 mins. a day :) I don't know if there are better places to donate, I guess it depends if you want to try to get some money back on your good clothes, and stuff try going to a consignment shop they sell for you and give a precentage of what comes in on your items. :) Best of luck, and best wishes :)