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Green Living: 3 Go-Green Ideas for Your Old Clothes Post-Spring Cleaning

So, spring fever has hit, and you’ve finally separated the chaff from the wheat when it comes to your stuff. You’ve gone through every closet, every trunk, and every chest of drawers and decided what you’re going to keep and what you’re going to toss.

Before you just throw all those old clothes out on the street for the garbage man to take, though, you might want to consider alternatives. You see, you can do a lot of good with those clothes, and maybe make yourself a little money while you’re at it.

How? Well, for starters…

#1: Co-Host A Garage Sale

If you’ve got a lot of stuff that’s still in perfectly wearable condition, then one thing you can do is co-host a garage sale. Whether it’s at a friend’s place or even your parents’, haul your clothes out, fold them nicely, and put a price tag on everything. Find out if there are any big garage sale events in your area, and get in on them if you can.

To get the most bang for your buck on this one, remember you can get all your friends together and combine your spring cleaning efforts. This will give you an even bigger stock, and more people to help you spread the word.

And every item of clothing you put into someone else’s hands is another shirt, set of jeans, or sweater that you’ve kept in circulation, and out of a landfill.

#2: Sell Your Clothes Online

Sometimes you just don’t have the option to set up a table. That’s fine because you live in the age of the Internet! Meaning, as long as you have a Facebook account, you can find groups geared toward online purchases and even some that are centered in your geographic area!

Now, you’ll have to take a lot of pictures of the clothes you’re hoping to offload, and you’ll need to account for shipping in some cases, but it’s a great way to find a new home for your old clothes while swelling your savings account a little bit.

You could also sell on eBay if you wanted to, however, keep in mind they require you to pay a small listing fee for every item.

Additionally, if you have a store like Plato’s Closet in your area, it’s worth trucking your clothes down to see if they’ll make an offer. Because while these stores tend to focus more on well-known, name-brand items, you might be surprised what they’re willing to take off your hands.

#3: Recycle Them

It’s possible you won’t be able to sell everything in your pile of clothes. No worries! There are still places you can take them where they can do a lot of good!

Your first stop? Check out your local charities. Places like Goodwill accepts donated items which they can then resell to raise money or use for specific programs.

Be sure you get a receipt so you can claim the value of your clothes as a tax deduction! With the tax laws constantly changing, there’s no telling just how much you might need when it comes time to start crunching the numbers next year.

Alternatively, you could check out websites like Freecycle. These sites allow anyone to post stuff they have that is perfectly usable, putting them in touch with people who can use it. It’s one of the best places to find everything from bookshelves, to baby clothes to winter coats.

You can make contact and arrange times and places for people to come and take the clothes you don’t want off your hands. And this way, at the very least, you know they’re going to someone who will put them to good use.

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