Is your closet bursting at the seams but you don’t want to just throw out the clothes you no longer wear? Do you have clothes that are in perfectly good condition, but you just never wear them? You can donate these clothes to a worthy charity or sell them for cash.
Donate Clothes Near Me: Charity
Some of your clothes may not find a buyer on the resale market, or you may just want to donate them to someone who needs them. There are several charities that will take your used clothes and either give them to people in need or sell them and use the proceeds to fund their charitable activities. Some even offer the option to schedule a free donation pickup for added convenience.
Goodwill takes used clothing in good condition, as well as many other household items, from books and CDs to furniture in both its stores and donation centers.
Goodwill resells these items in its stores and uses the money to provide job placement and employment training in the local community. There are over 3,300 Goodwill locations in the U.S. and Canada.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army collects used clothing for men, women and children, as well as free furniture, home goods, cars, trucks and boats.
It sells most items in its thrift stores and then uses the proceeds to help adults who are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. You can find the Salvation Army nearest you through the donation drop off locator or even schedule a pickup.
Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America is a nationwide organization made up of local chapters, some of which accept donations of clothing and household items that they sell at their thrift stores.
The proceeds fund initiatives to help the homeless, provide affordable housing, assist with behavioral and mental health and more. When you give your items in this way you can also get donation receipts for tax purposes.
Dress for Success
Dress for Success collects women’s professional attire and provides it free of charge to women who are trying to become financially independent.
In addition to providing clothing women can wear to a job interview, Dress for Success also provides professional development tools and networking support.
Becca’s Closet collects prom dresses, which are typically worn just once, and provides them to girls who would not otherwise be able to afford to go to their prom. Becca’s Closet has chapters all across the U.S. that collect dresses and provide them to local schools.
Where Can I Donate Clothes Near Me?
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Resale Stores Near Me: Get Cash for Your Clothes
There are two types of stores that will give you money for your gently used clothes. One is a consignment shop, where you drop off your clothes and if they sell, you get a check. If not, you can get them back or they’ll donate them. The other is a resale shop, where they buy your clothes from you, so you drop them off and leave with a check.
ThredUp is an online consignment store that takes women’s clothing and accessories. To sell your clothes, request a Clean Out Kit on the ThredUp website. Fill it with the items you want to sell and send it to ThredUp.
ThredUp will price your items, and when they sell, you’ll get a payout. The amount of the payout depends on the brand and the selling price. ThredUp has a 14-day return window for items purchased on the site, so you won’t get paid until 14 days after your item is purchased. There is a time limit on consignments, so if your item doesn’t sell within 30 or 45 days you can reclaim it or it becomes the property of ThredUp.
This chain of used clothing stores has about 40 locations across the country. You can walk into a Buffalo Exchange location with your clothes — you don’t need an appointment, but you do need an ID. They’ll inspect your clothes and buy the ones they accept. They’ll tell you what they’ll sell the item for, and you get 25% of that price in cash or store credit for 50% of the selling price.
Crossroads offers both resale and consignment. You can bring your clothing into a Crossroads store, or you can mail in your clothes.
To sell by mail, request a bag online, put the clothes you want to sell into it, and send it to them. They’ll examine the clothes and determine which ones they want to buy. This takes about four weeks. Then they’ll pay you 30% of their selling price via Zelle or give you a store credit for 50% of the price.
If you bring in your clothes, you’ll have a third option as well, which is to consign your items. Crossroads specifies they are looking for clean, current items that are in excellent condition.
Final Take To GO
There’s no need to hang on to all those clothes you never wear when you can convert them to cash or even donate them. When you donate clothes, you can take a tax deduction for the value of the clothes. You’ll need to estimate how much they are worth, which the charity may be able to help you determine, and you’ll need to get a receipt from the organization you donated them to.
Note that many consignment and resale shops have pretty high standards for the clothes they’ll take. Designer clothes are the most popular, and special occasion clothing will typically sell well. They usually won’t take anything with visible signs of wear, let alone rips or stains.
FAQHere are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding donating and reselling.
- Where should I donate clothing to be most beneficial?
- You can donate clothes to any of the following places:
- The Salvation Army
- Volunteers of America
- Dress for Success
- Becca's Closet
- You can donate clothes to any of the following places:
- What is thrift store reselling?
- Thrift store reselling means that you find something of value at a thrift store and resell it somewhere else, like on an online marketplace.
Caitlyn Moorhead contributed to the reporting for this article.
Data is accurate as of Oct. 24, 2023, and is subject to change.