After your closet clean-out, you have options as to what to do with all those clothes that need to be released. Here’s a short list with ideas for donating, selling and consigning. Click on any highlighted text for specific donation/location information.
Most every town has it’s local thrift shops that support the community. Here are three of my favorites that are specific to Greenwich.
Neighbor to Neighbor Great local organization where clients can shop (at no cost) for what they need. Seasonal clothing donations.
Greenwich Hospital Thrift Shop (click then scroll down to bottom half of page). All proceeds from the sale of your donations directly support Greenwich Hospital. Seasonal clothing donations.
The Rummage Room in Old Greenwich. All proceeds from the sale of your donations support the outreach of First Congregational Church of Greenwich. Over the past 50 years, the business has been responsible for the contribution of over four million dollars to local, national and international benevolent organizations. Wow!! Seasonal clothing donations.
Here are two time-and-style-specific donation options:
J.Crew’s coat drive J.CREW X ONE WARM COAT GIVE-AND-GET COAT EVENT. Donate a gently worn piece of outerwear now through December 28th and receive $25 off next purchase of $125. Any J.Crew store.
One Day to Shop at Norwalk Community College. The Career Center is holding an event for students to ‘shop’ at no cost in early November. If you live close to me and have men’s or women’s Professional Clothing to donate, you can drop it at my house by next week, Wednesday October 31st. I will deliver to NCC for you. Jackets/Blazers, Suits/Dresses, Blouses/Dress Shirts, Dress Pants and Ties. No shoes. Text me if you need my address. 203 247 0717. Otherwise, follow instructions in link to drop off directly to NCC.
DONATE BACK TO A STORE; RECEIVE A DISCOUNT
Many stores are focused on sustainability and recycling. Here’s a nice variety of options, but there are many more. Notice that some brands will accept clothing that is not their own.
Any Theory Store. Theory for Good—collects gently used Theory clothing on behalf of Year-Up, a non-profit devoted to empowering young adults. Customers who donate clothing can exchange it for new items at a reduced price.
H&M. Donate any clothing from any store. Ripped or stained clothes? They will be turned into insulation. 15% off your next purchase.
Levi’s. Website asks that you donate clean and dry clothing and shoes, any brand. Receive 20% off a single, regular-priced Levi’s item.
**OK side note here: Please only donate CLEAN and DRY clothes no matter where you donate or consign or sell. I would think that goes without saying. Be respectful of everyone who is working to recycle these items and also respectful of anyone who may use them next. The good karma of clean clothing will come back to you ten-fold.
Patagonia. Trade in Patagonia gear that ‘functions perfectly and is in good condition’ and get money towards your next Patagonia purchase.
CONSIGN OR SELL DIRECTLY
DWR Consignments in New Canaan. Nice local shop with good selection.
Consigned Designs in Greenwich. Big inventory! Great online option especially for bags-n-shoes.
Roundabout in Greenwich. High end items. They have multiple locations and will select pieces which they believe will sell in particular areas.
The Real Real online consignment. Check the list of accepted brands on the website. Items can be any season which I find a great benefit. If your items are accepted, they will most likely sell.
Poshmark online marketplace for fashion. If you like the social media aspect of things, this is for you.
There are many more places where you can pass along your clothing to help others and reduce waste. I’d love to hear some of your favorites that are not listed here! Comments, please :)