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Where Do You Donate Your Clothes, Shoes and Accessories?

April 30, 2012

In the past couple of years I’ve noticed a price hike in thrift stores.  No doubt they are trying to keep up with changes in the economy as we all are.  When it comes to donating my clothes, shoes and accessories, Goodwill and Salvation Army have been at the top of my list for years.  Right on down to my daughter’s clothes and shoes.  However, I will N-E-V-E-R donate anything that is badly worn, and I NEVER EVER donate under garments — that’s just bad taste.  My whole idea in donating my things was because I know others can use them and enjoy them as much as I did.  For every coat I purchased I gave away one or two.  I’d give away 2-3 or more pairs of shoes, dresses, skirts, sweaters, and blouses.  The thrift stores created jobs for those who needed one and for any other reason. 

As time passed, and in conversations with my neighbors and friends I realized that those who could benefit from what I would donate the most would be the missions, homes/shelters for women, churches who held monthly bazaars where the money made went to specific charities, and organizations that specialized in helping women return to the work force by donating work clothes and shoes.  This is where I started turning my attention to when donating became high on my list of things to do.

Some of the things you find in some thrift stores like It’s a Wrap, you can go online and find similar brand new.  And if you ask me, some of the things they are sold are not given a good looking over before it’s put on the rack.  I guess that why I haven’t gone lately for finding sweaters for the winter, instead choosing to buy brand new.  I’m not against thrift shopping.  For many it’s a way of life, but what the thrift shop owners need to understand is that they can’t hike their prices up to make a profit or for whatever they need to.  If it’s to pay their workers, then fine, I can understand that, but think reasonable.

The next time you’re in the mood to donate your clothes, shoes and accessories, look up your local church, mission, or shelter — they can better use what you have to give.

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