How to get rid of used clothing

Closets full of clothing can lead to clutter in your home and make it difficult to find appropriate items. Instead of stashing unwanted clothes or throwing them away, many people donate or sell clothes to others who may need or want them. Most clothing can be reused as long as it is in good condition. Different options exist to relocate and recycle your used clothes. The key is to find which works best for you.

Sort through your unwanted clothing to determine which articles are suitable for donation or sale. Generally speaking, intimate items such as underwear, pantyhose and socks cannot be reused by others. Add clothing with holes, rips and stains to the unusable pile as well. Most items, especially those made from cotton, make great rags for general cleaning, washing windows and wiping up messy spills.

Wash the clothing you would like to sell or give away to others.

Evaluate the value of your reusable clothing items. If they are relatively new and in good condition, you can resell them. Children's clothing usually sells well, as many items are outgrown and aren't significantly worn. Even if in condition, you may still want to donate the clothing.

Determine where thrift stores and resale shops are located in your area. Find their addresses in a telephone book or online.

Take your nicer clothing items to the thrift or resale shop. Many resale stores will tally the total right on the spot and pay cash. Other shops prefer to work on a consignment basis -- they only pay you after an item sells.

Hold a garage sale if you have other items to sell along with the clothing. Some neighbourhoods may host community garage sales or provide opportunities to sell items at a flea market. Check local government regulations regarding yard or garage sales because there could be zoning restrictions.

Contact your local Vietnam Veterans of America or Salvation Army. These two agencies will pick up clothing donations at your residence. Often, you do not need to be home and can leave a bag of clothes at the front door.

Look around your grocery store car parks. Many stores have clothing donation bins for small sacks of clothes. Often these donations or proceeds from them go to help local charities.


A few communities have cotton rag donation bins. Look online for "rag recycling" to see if such a program exists in your location. Some used clothes can be given away or sold using eBay, Craigslist or other online resources. Check out prices and types of items sold first to get an idea of realistic pricing.


Don't sell or give away clothing exposed to chemicals, toxins or insect infestation.

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Cassandra Gailis lives outside of Anchorage, Alaska and began writing self-improvement articles in 2010. Gailis has extensive experience in professional grant writing, health research and international travel. She holds a Master of Science degree in health education from Minnesota State University.