An Illustrated Guide to Donating Used Clothing

Spring Cleaning is typically the time of year folks go through their closets and weed out clothing they no longer want to keep. With good intentions they would like to donate the castoffs for others to use.  A very noble thought indeed and I wholeheartedly believe in passing thing on to the next person. HOWEVER…NOBODY WANTS TO ACQUIRE CLOTHING THAT IS DAMAGED.  Here is a list of things to check for that would render a garment unsuitable for donation.  Use this ILLUSTRATED checklist to determine what should go in the trash or clothing recycling depository bin. Also consider this reference for clothing swaps.

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Problem: faded collar or ‘ring around the collar’
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Problem: oil stain
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Problem: Pulled thread
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Problem: Pulled thread and pilling fibers
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Problem: stain. No, this isn’t part of the print though it seems to blend in with it
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Problem: waistband is too stretched out
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Problem: rip
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Problem: oil stain
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Problem: hole
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Problem: bleach damage

THROW OUT ITEMS WITH

  • holes
  • stains
  • rips
  • tears
  • snags
  • pilling
  • faded
  • oil stains
  • bleach damage

Other things to check for making an item unsuitable for donation:

  • broken zippers or zippers that won’t stay up
  • faded decals or lettering
  • fallen seams,
  • frayed cuffs or collars
  • split crotch
  • missing buttons
  • “ring around the collar”,
  • yellowed armpits
  • odors (mildew/mold).  This is common when items have been stored in a basement, attic, garage, or machsan
  • elastic that won’t stretch or has dried out
  • broken or stinky shoes
  • missing sequins, adornments, beads, etc.

If you are doing the sorting on your own then kindly refer to the list above.  Don’t worry about the unknown “somebody” who “might” want an item because you “can’t see” blemish or someone “could use XYZ item for their Purim costume”.  In reality, they won’t. Be kind and respect of the time second-hand and consignment shop establishments take to sort though the giveaways.

Happy sorting and thanks for reading.

Karen, The Klutter Koach

March 17, 2019

 

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