Maybe this is the year you’ll finally clean out your closets to see what fits, what doesn’t, and what fashion items you never want to see again. Instead of tossing those threads in the trash, why not sell, donate or recycle them? Consumer Reports has some tips.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 9 million tons of clothes end up in landfills in a year. That’s bad for the planet and maybe a lost opportunity to make some money. Consumer Reports says it’s easier than ever to turn your unwanted clothing into cash.
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Whether they’re online or a walk-in store, vintage and consignment shops won’t take everything. Often it’s because of the condition of the item or because it’s out of style. If you can’t sell something but it’s still usable, donate it.
Goodwill, for example, collects and sells donated items to support education and job-placement programs, and you might get a tax deduction.
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For a local option for old prom dresses, check high schools. They often want donated dresses for students who can’t afford to buy one.
And if there’s really no hope for your old items, recycle. You can check out Earth911.com to find a textile recycling location near you.