Hand-Me-Down Treasures

We all know the truth of the statement that one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. Look at the phenomenal success of eBay. When it comes to used clothing, there is a special opportunity to contribute to the basic material well-being of others. In addition to the usual avenues of sharing your used clothing, such as your local Goodwill or Salvation Army store, consider expanding your sense of community by sharing your gently used clothes with others for whom you would be making dreams come true.

Dress For Success, is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting “the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” Donations of suits, blouses, business shoes, briefcases and the like can be made at one of their 85 affiliates across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., the Netherlands and New Zealand.

Career Gear promotes the gainful employment and self-sufficiency of disadvantaged men actively seeking employment. They collect and distribute business attire, including suits, shirts, belts, ties, shoes, and overcoats.

The Glass Slipper Project collects and distributes gently used formal dresses, shoes, evening bags and unused make-up in order to make prom dreams come true for girls in the Chicago area who otherwise might not be able to enjoy that special time in their lives. The Princess Project does the same in the San Francisco Bay area.

Soles 4 Souls collects used and new shoes for those who need them, including natural disaster victims.

Related:
8 Ways to Inspire Re-Use in Your Community
Organize Your Closet the Eco-Way
How to Make Your Clothes Last

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Elisa F.
Elisa F.1 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

LMj Sunshine

Good info, thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Good info, thank you.

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson4 years ago

LOve to shop the thrift stores!

Hugh Mcintyre
Hugh Mcintyre4 years ago

vintage is the way to go!

jane richmond
jane richmond4 years ago

Wish I could hand this stuff I don't want over to Ebay but I'm a dunce when it comes to that

Wioletta S.
Wioletta S.4 years ago

thanks

Maria S.
Maria S.4 years ago

Great suggestions. Most of those organizations mentioned aren't available here in Greece. So when clothes, household items, books, CDs, DVDs aren't needed anymore they are given to children organizations, homeless or other individuals in need.

Ann F.
Ann F.4 years ago

i love Goodwill !