How can I pass on quality new clothing for reuse?

We talk a lot about upcycling, reusing or recycling old clothes and textiles but Louis wants help passing them on:

A couple of years ago our company produced some clothing (hooded sweatshirts and t-shirts for men and women).

We still have quite a substantial amount of this clothing, which we plan to donate to charity. Every item is brand new and is extremely good quality (100% combed cotton) and each item is individually wrapped in a plastic bag.

We were wondering if you have any contacts or links to legitimate clothing charities who may be interested in this clothing? We’re keen for this clothing to be used by those in need (and not recycled)

A “substantial amount” would probably overwhelm a high street charity shop but it might be worth getting in contact with a local shop anyway – they might be able to put you in touch with someone higher up the chain who could distribute the items over a wider area.

What about more direct distribution to those in need? Does anyone know about any charities who accept large amount of clothing for giving out rather than resale? From what I’ve read, large international aid charities tend to prefer money to items (or items to be sold in their local shops to make money for sending overseas), because the items are rarely what they need in a given situation but does anyone know different?

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8 Responses to “How can I pass on quality new clothing for reuse?”

  1. Agata says:

    I’d say donate them to homeless shelter.

  2. carol says:

    I agree with the homeless shelters, and stay away from the Planet Aid boxes. They are a more for profit organization.
    How about the high schools in low income districts, they would be able to give them out to the kids.

  3. Alice says:

    For reasons I can’t now remember, people in Cuba were constantly asking for T shirts when I went there – perhaps basic clothing is very expensive there due to the US embargo? The Cuba Solidarity Campaign send containers out, try asking here

    Wonder if The Big Issue would pass them on to their street vendors?

    Women’s shelters often help women who have had to leave their homes very quickly without taking anything with them. They may appreciate items of basic clothing – try this lot

  4. Melinda says:

    Kids in foster care or in group homes may appreciate these clothes, too.

  5. kitschkitty says:

    Barnardo’s is the one charity I have seen that has new items from various companies for sale in it’s charity shops and these items are clearly labeled as new donated stock (rather than personal donations). If that is any help.

    Could the items be donated to non profit sports teams (like kids disabled football leagues etc)? If they come in a decent volume that could be a good use for them, especially if they’d be suitable for printing on (team names and numbers etc).

    Would it be possible to sell the stock and donate the proceeds dirrectly to charity? (or is it already branded).

  6. Wendy says:

    I guess it does depend upon how many a “substantial amount” is. I have seen stuff go to my friends art college where they practice things like screen printing on unwanted clothing. The students sometimes can even sell them at a local market to help fund their materials and learn even more in the process!

    • Kate says:

      @Wendy: This one I really like! Students get an art project, then get to sell the results with proceeds going to a charity THEY choose. Teaches: art, skills, salesmanship/organization, and that THEY can make a difference.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I live in Edinburgh, Scotland and was unsure of ordering from over seas/online. It was the best thing I could have done! I recieved my dress about 11 days after ordering. I had some trouble with DHL – the delivering service used – but that isn’t Light In The Boxs fault. The dress was packaged very well and also turned inside out whih I thought was an excelent idea. Across the bust and over the shoulders and also the caped sleeves is padded so no need for a bra! The detail of the lace and pearls is amazing and looks just like the picture. The train is beautiful and the edging of it is enforced so it sits perfectly all the time. I am a size 12/10 in UK sizes so orderd the US size 8. It is a little tight across the back but I have 4 weeks before the big day so I will just watch what I eat and not over do it! It also came with extra beads and pearls in a little bag in case any fall off. I have noticed that a few have since fallen off, not a huge amount though, four or five beads. It came with a pink dress bag too which I am very greatful for. The white colour is lovely and I cannot wait to wear this dress for my big day. Thank you so much, I am a bride-to-be-on-a-budget but I feel like a princess…

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