Recycle Your Clothes!! Clothes are simple to reuse and there are at least a half a dozen that I know of right off hand. Don’t pitch them before you think about the ways you can reuse them!! Helping reuse your clothes not only helps your pocketbook but the environment as well.
If your child has a younger brother or sister, perhaps they could make use of it. Very expensive pieces of clothing, like tuxedos or wedding gowns, are often passed down from father to son or mother to daughter. Or in our family we pass them down to cousins on both sides of the family. This is a huge money saver and we often have clothing swaps with the changeing of the seasons so we don’t spend a lot out of pocket for “new” clothes. Once items and pass their prime we cut the material into cloths to use on the kitchen counters, floors, in the garage and almost every place in between. We use jeans as a way to make quilts, rugs and other fun crafty items.
This doesn’t work for cheaper styles of clothing unless you’re really looking to conserve money, as many kids just don’t want to wear old clothing. If money’s a big issue or if your kids don’t mind, however, this is a great way to reuse. My sisters and sister in law all use hand me down clothing for their kids and when they get old and wore out they are cut into cloths.
If you don’t have someone to pass your clothes down to sell your gently used clothing to a clothing shop. If you don’t have a clothing shop see if you have a consignment store or something of that nature. If it a nice brand, in good shape, or has lots of demand you could easily make a few bucks for your trip.
Sell clothing online using local swap shop groups, EBay, ThredUP or Craigslist. I put my vintage clothing, name brand jeans and unique T-shirts on Ebay because they tend to do the best.
If none of these options appeal to you, you can always just donate your old clothes. Just pack them all up in a box, then drive them down to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army, Thrift Shop, homeless shelter or local church. They’ll accept your clothes, wash them, then sell them. All the proceeds will go to a good cause and you are giving clothes a second life.
If you’re really short on time but still want to do something more with your clothes than just throw them away, try just leaving them on the sidewalk. You can put up a sign that says “Take Me!” next to the clothes. Chances are, someone who needs the clothes more than you will come by and pick them up.
With so many different ways to reuse old clothing, there’s really no reason to ever throw away your clothes. At the very least, donate your clothes so someone else gets some use out of them. How do you reuse your old clothing?