Burlington Stores sponsored this post. The opinions and text are 100% mine.
When we were preparing for our big move from Indiana to Texas, I wanted to go through every closet, every box, and everything we own and declutter our lives, downsize, and get rid of us as much as possible. Not only would it make it easier to move, but easier to live. Among the possessions we purged were clothes. I got rid of lots of my old high school and college T-shirts. I live for a T-shirt, so this was a very big deal for me. I also got rid of pants, skirts, dresses, and coats and jackets. I did the same for my husband’s clothes. However, knowing where to donate clothing, or what to do with old clothing, was something I didn’t think too much about before we did give it away. But, today I want to share some awesome places and ways you can donate clothes that you are getting rid of from your closets.
Sell Your Clothes
First, some of the clothes we did not donate. We sold them on craigslist. Although, selling clothes on craiglist wasn’t very easy at times. We also tried selling some at a joint yard sale and maybe sold a garment or two. Other great places to try to sell clothes are on sites like ebay, swap.com (if you have a lot of children or maternity clothes to get rid of), to local consignment stores or events, and on Facebook garage sale groups.
So, the majority of the clothes that did not sell was simply donated to our local Goodwill. But, there are many other great donation places beside Goodwill (and perhaps even better options, better causes). Salvation Army and Deseret Industries are similar organizations that regularly accept clothing donations.
Women at my church recently held a dress drive, gathering more than 100 dresses that we could donate to a local women and children shelter. Often these women flee from situations in a hurry and lack clothing. There are also shelters for the homeless, pregnant teens, and others. Just be sure to call and ask if they stand in need of any donations, and what type they need.
The American Red Cross
During times of Crisis, the American Red Cross is often in need of clothing for those who were hit by the crisis.
Some churches work hand in hand with different group of people who need some hand-me-downs, and hand-outs. Some even work with foreign missions and areas who have a greater need than perhaps your local community.
Right now Burlington Stores is running a Warm Coats, Warm Hearts Coat Drive until January 19, 2015.
Donated coats stay locally within each store and are given to those most in need. Click here to find a store near you. Even those in the South have a need for warmth. It does get below freezing here, especially at night. For every coat donated, you receive a 10% off your entire purchase at Burlington. If you donate a coat, share your story on Twitter or on Instagram with the hashtag #CoatNotes and your story could be featured on ABC’s Good Morning America. It’s a great way to give back, and to reward yourself at the same time. Also, connect with Burlington on Facebook.
Even though we had already donated many of our coats, my daughters had some jackets that they have outgrown, and which have been replaced recently. I decided we could look to donating them at Burlington, and I got my twin girls involved in the process.
Also, many schools will run coat drives or clothing drives throughout the school year, but in particular around the holiday season.
If you’d like you can also list free clothing items on a website called Freecyle.org, or simply list your clothing items in the free section on Craigslist. Hopefully someone who needs it will receive your clothing.
Give Worthy Clothes
I know that people who are less advantaged, who are poor, are needy people, but I can’t stop thinking about this article I read from We are THAT Family a while ago called “Dear World: Let’s Stop Giving Our Crap to the Poor.” She convinced me that we shouldn’t be digging up the bottom of the barrel when it comes to clothing donations. People still have pride. And stains are never attractive, no matter who you are or where you live. We should think more about the quality of the clothing we are giving, perhaps more than the quantity. Look carefully at the clothes you are considering donating. If they are beyond repair, and junky, don’t donate them, please just throw them away. And please wash them ahead of time, or fix any minor damage you can. All people want nice things, even those less fortunate.
Where do you donate clothing when you are decluttering?
Donate a gently-worn coat at your nearby Burlington to help those locally in need. And when you do, receive Burlington’s thanks – 10% off your entire purchase.
Burlington, a national off-price retailer offering style for less with up to 65 percent off department store prices every day, continues to help local communities stay warm with their annual Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive. Donated coats stay locally within each store community and are given to those most in need. With each coat donation, customers receive 10% off their entire purchase as Burlington’s thank you. A great way to give back and save money at the same time! Visit the Coat Drive site to learn more and where you can donate by 1/19/2015.
Burlington Stores sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.
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