While we all love buying new clothes, we often don’t know where we should take those clothes we want to part ways with. Back in the day, we could donate them or sell them through consignment or a thrift store. Thanks to modern technology and a focus on environmental protection, though, we can separate from those unwanted clothing items in so many ways.
If you’re ready to clean out your closet, here’s a list of where you can sell, donate, or recycle your old clothes:
Thredup Helps You Sell
Thredup is one of the most popular second-hand companies out there. Many people like Thredup because they make the entire selling process so easy. If you want to sell through Thredup, just order a “clean out kit” from their website, fill it up with your items, and drop it off at your nearest FedEx or USPS. Although they only accept women’s and kids’ items for resale, they also take donations.
List Items Through Poshmark
Poshmark is almost the complete opposite of Thredup, but it’s also extremely popular. With Poshmark, you list your items through the Poshmark app or website, then ship out your items with a prepaid label as they sell. Once each item arrives at its final destination, you get your cash. Poshmark accepts women’s, kids’, and men’s fashion items and accessories. They also let you set your own prices, which is a great perk!
Visit A Crossroads Near You
Crossroads Trading has a variety of store locations and offers four different ways to sell your clothes: in store, drop-off, consignment, and by mail. At Crossroads, customers can sell trendy clothing for cash or a trade credit. If you decide to take a trade credit, you’ll get 50% of the item’s sales, whereas cash payouts offer you 30% of your item’s sales.
Recycle With Levi’s
According to their site, Levi’s and Cotton’s Blue Jeans partnered for a Go Green program that recycles denim. To recycle, drop off your old denim at any Levi’s or Levi’s Outlet store. When you recycle, Levi’s gives you a 20% off coupon for a single-item purchase. Not only does recycling give your jeans a new life, but it also rewards you, too!
Madewell Takes Donations
Also in partnership with Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Green program, Madewell locations accept all jean donations. Their program often turns the jeans you donate into housing insulation for communities in need. For every pair of denim you donate, you’ll receive a $20 off a new, full-price pair of Madewell jeans, which you can buy in-store or online.
The North Face Also Recycles
Clothes the Loop is The North Face’s program to stop clothing and footwear from ending up in landfills. They encourage people to drop off their unwanted clothing and footwear when they visit The North Face retail or outlet stores. When you donate, you’ll earn a $10 reward toward your next purchase of $100 or more.
Reformation’s RefRecyling program lets you see exactly where your donated items end up. Just print a RefRecycling shipping label from your online account, and fill up a box with any items you wish to recycle. Once you’re done, attach the label, and the shipping company will pick up your box at your door. Reformation will either reuse or recycle your clothing, and you can later log in to your profile and see the journey your clothes took!
Donating Items Works, Too!
If you’d like to help others without the cash payouts, you can always drop off clothes in donation bins in your area or bring them to your local donation center. Organizations that take clothing donations include Goodwill, The Salvation Army, and American Red Cross. Also, a noteworthy organization called Dress for Success seeks out business attire, interview suits, and accessories for low-income women searching for jobs.
Next time you clean out your closet, stop and think before you toss your old clothes in the trash. Regardless of whether you choose to sell, recycle, or donate your clothes, know that your commendable efforts make a huge positive impact on our environment and so many thankful people.
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