Sunday, July 15, 2007

Cash for clothes

I've had a box full of clothes that I can't wear anymore sitting beside my bedroom door for about 3 months now.

As I was about to head out and do some light shopping Friday I decided to finally take some of the stuff to Plato's Closet, the Bossier City store that buys gently used, brand name clothing. I had heard about the chain when I lived other places but had never been in. I didn't really have anything to lose. Whatever I made from selling the old clothes could go toward the new ones.

I had a bag full of stuff, a lot of it I had never worn before. Some still had the tags on it. In the end, they took about three pairs of shorts, a pair of cropped pants and a tank top. The process of how they choose clothes is described here.

Oh well, I guess the remainder of the clothes and the rest of the box that is still sitting by my bedroom door will eventually find its way to Goodwill or some other charity.

When I think back on it though, I kind of feel bad. Was the $15.40 I got for what they took worth it? Or should I have just donated all of the clothes Goodwill?

What about you? When it comes time to clean out the ol' closet do you choose to give your clothes away or try to make a few bucks off of them?


Ashley Northington said...

I think items that are donated to places like Plato's closet or Goodwill really aren't worth it. Both places will take your items but won't give you much for them and they'll make a good profit from what you've donated. I think you'd be better off by donating to the Salvation Army or some other nonprofit, then you'd know the clothes would be put to good use and given to those who really need them.

Diane Haag said...

Good point Ashley, but I wanted to correct something. Goodwill is a nonprofit organization. They do not pay you for your stuff (although you can get a tax write-off).

Goodwill specializes in helping people find work, and the stores are a way to train people for the workplace. The money they make on the sale goes right back into the programs.

Ashley Northington said...

Thanks for your clarification Diane. I appreciate that.

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