My friend opened her closet to reveal hundreds of T shirts in every color imaginable, collected over 30 years of travel, concerts and music festivals. She now needed to down-size and this was the challenge she faced.
Give It Away – #609
“If you have not worn it for two years, give it away.” When you see your closet bursting at the seams, it’s a theme worth remembering.
Lots of people can benefit by the clothes you give away. Families on limited budgets really appreciate thrift shops. Young people love trolling through the racks and creating wardrobes from vintage finds or interesting combinations they can afford.
A friend of mine donates clothing often to thrift shops, and just as often makes purchases herself while she is there. One day, she showed up at my door with a beautiful designer blouse. She explained she had found this in a local shop, it was my size and she just HAD to get it for me. Turns out it was the blouse I had donated the day before.
A caution though, as you begin choosing clothing giveaways. Take a good look and make sure the item you are sending off is worth the wearing by someone else.
We tend to treasure things we’ve enjoyed over the years; comfortable outfits worn often. They may have been worn TOO often to give away though. If the clothing is worn, give in and toss it, rather than have it become a thrift shop reject.
Look for the things that have had little wear. Anything that does not quite fit right, does not feel right on you. It may be the wrong color or something that makes you look fat or is a gift you would never have chosen. Send it on its way into grateful new hands.
Local thrift shop went an extra step. As cold weather began, they set up racks for coats and jackets outside the store – available free to anyone who needed one. Our local Rotary Club provides new coats and jackets to school age children who need one, before Christmas each year.