How do you dispose of your used, no-longer-loved clothes? OK, there are a couple of you who know just where to send them (to my house), and hint: we have been shopping together in, ahem, Canada.
I have been down-sizing my wardrobe since retirement. I don’t think of it as a virtue, or something any other woman “should” do. I’m just enjoying a smaller closet and simpler dressing (it does make “outfit posts” more challenging, hope you forgive). Here is my hierarchy for ditching no-longer-loved clothing:
1. Actual favorite pieces, regardless of current trends – to my baby sister. She’s always eye-balling my stuff (especially purses) and saying, “When you get tired of that . . . .” I love to share my things with her, and see her wearing them.
2. Most current/trendy/sell-able brands – to the consignment shop. The shop I like best lets you just walk in, assesses your stuff right then and there, and tells you what they’ll price it for. I have about a 60% sell-though rate, not great, but who would say no to a couple of extra bucks? My tips: bring your stuff on hangers, and “sell” a little. E.g., “I bought this in Manhattan and Carrie Bradshaw used to wear it,” if true.
3. Favorite pieces that my sister won’t love or wear: to the Molly Mutt Thrift Store. That’s where I volunteer, and all the proceeds go to the no-kill animal shelter. They get my vintage stuff, costume jewelry, scarves, shoes, and most everything else. No junk though.
4. Just-OK pieces (tees, some jeans and sweaters) that may not sell at Molly Mutt go to a different charity shop, where they give away a lot of clothing to homeless people and shelter residents.
5. Holes, stains, ruined in the wash: for housecleaning rags and then the trash.
How do you dispose of your clothes, when you’re ready to send them on their way?