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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 05:32 AM Thread Starter
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Donating items to chairty thrift shops

My husband and I have moved to the US. So I am culling items.

For charity thrift shops like Goodwill, what's "the state of undress."..... so to speak..... of the items that I could give them and and what should just be thrown away?

I realise that clothes with a hole in them never sell, but would they just hand those items off to a family in need?

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Re: Donating items to chairty thrift shops

Take it to good will and they will sort it out.

Obvious holes and damaged stuff should be thrown in trash.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 06:51 AM
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Re: Donating items to chairty thrift shops

Goodwill recycles clothing that is not in saleable condition by selling it in bulk to fabric recycling companies IIRC. If you want your items to be given directly to families in need you might want to call your local homeless shelter or church group. I run donation drives for our local women's shelter and we have volunteers that will make small repairs to otherwise good clothing before it is offered to those in need.

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Re: Donating items to chairty thrift shops

As Kristin2349 says, Goodwill and other charitable resale organizations sell their unusable clothing by weight to be recycled, so give them everything, even what's got rips and holes.

If you'd rather the items you no longer want go to those in need for free, donate them to a local shelter or church.

If you do crafts or sew, think of keeping some ripped or holey items. I know people who make quilts out of their family's old clothing scraps or use the material to cover craft projects. You could keep some of the ruined things to harvest the good fabric and give the still wearable clothes to charity.

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Re: Donating items to chairty thrift shops

They need to be in reasonable saleable condition and preferably washed as well. We have given loads of stuff to charity shops over the years.
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