Most women have at least a few pieces of clothing they no longer wear that they’d be happy to donate, and there are many charities who rely on donations from individuals just like you to stock their thrift stores and raise money to help those in need. If you’re looking for somewhere to donate your gently used women’s clothing, look no further than the following 9 options. And if you’re looking to make a little money back on your donations, check out the companies listed at the end of this article—you might find it worth it to research them further before handing over your clothes.
1) The Salvation Army
Salvation Army locations often partner with local churches and women’s shelters to accept and distribute donations of gently used women’s clothing. You can also donate online by clicking here. If you have questions about how your donation will be distributed, call ahead or visit your nearest location for more information. The organization does not provide pick-up services, but many communities do offer free donation drop-off days where you can leave your items at a designated location (call ahead for details). If you have a large amount of items that need to be donated, try contacting a local charity directly; they may be able to help you out. You can find a list of charities in your area here. Finally, if you live near an American Red Cross location, consider dropping off your items there—they’ll either use them in their retail stores or send them on to someone who needs them. Note: some American Red Cross locations accept only certain types of donations. For example, you might want to check if it accepts women’s clothing before dropping off yours. Call ahead for more information.
Goodwilloperates in North America and raises money for job training, employment services, affordable housing, and anti-poverty programs. According to their website, Goodwill Industries International is a nonprofit organization that empowers people with disabilities and disadvantages to reach their full potential through career opportunities in the workplace. Goodwill accepts donations of women’s clothing all year long. To find your local Goodwill donation center, visit their website or call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? (1-800-468-5865). You can also check out our guide on how to donate clothes to Goodwill.
To help keep our planet green, many people are choosing eco-friendly alternatives when it comes to donating used items like women’s clothing. It can be difficult finding places that accept donations of used clothes though; especially if you live in an area where they don’t have a large number of residents from other countries who would be interested in buying them.
3) Habitat for Humanity
Whether you have 10 items or 10,000 items of women’s clothing that you’re ready to part with, consider donating them (or a monetary donation) to a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. The nonprofit is dedicated to eradicating poverty housing and homelessness from communities by building and renovating homes for low-income families. By contributing gently used clothing and money, you are helping improve living conditions for others in need. To find your nearest Habitat for Humanity location, click here . If there isn’t one near you, ask if they can direct you to an organization in your area that accepts donations. It might be easier than trying to donate on your own! Plus, supporting Habitat for Humanity means your donations will go further—every dollar donated goes directly toward building homes, which means more funding for your donations. Click here to learn more about how you can help build a better future for families across America.
4) Red Cross
The American Red Cross is committed to assisting those in need. They are always accepting donations of clothes, blankets, and personal hygiene items for children, adults, and families. Additionally, they operate three thrift stores that sell new clothing. Items donated at thrift stores are sold directly on a consignment basis to fund Red Cross programs across America. To find your local donation center or store, check out their website. Also, learn more about how you can help by volunteering with them. For example, volunteers may sort through clothing donations to determine which items should be sent overseas to countries in need. Check out their volunteer opportunities here . If you’re looking for an organization near you that accepts women’s clothing donations, call ahead and ask!
5) Homeless Shelters
If you’re wondering where to donate women’s clothing, look no further than your local homeless shelter. Shelters are often in need of clothes for women who are transitioning from shelters into their own living arrangements—that is, if they’re allowed to bring any belongings with them. The Salvation Army and Goodwill are two popular options that offer a wide variety of gently used items for donation. And, because most shelters operate on shoestring budgets, it’s likely that donations will be put to good use immediately. You can also find local listings by searching online or calling a nearby shelter directly. In addition to donating your unwanted clothing, consider volunteering at a shelter as well. For example, Clothes Off Our Back allows donors to sign up for volunteer shifts; during these shifts, volunteers work alongside staff members in sorting through donated goods. The idea is that people are more willing to donate when they know their contributions will go directly toward helping others. This concept has been proven time and again: One study found that people were willing to give more money when they knew it would go toward helping others rather than benefiting themselves (e.g., tax deductions).
6) Missionary Work
Churches, synagogues and other houses of worship often have clothing drives where you can drop off your gently used clothes. When these items are given away, they go directly to families in need—which means fewer people will be relying on donations of used clothes from a thrift store or a secondhand shop. Before donating any items, contact a local church or synagogue and ask them what they specifically need. Some may not accept women’s clothing at all; others may only take certain types of clothes. If you don’t have time to drive around town looking for a place that accepts women’s clothing, check out charities like Goodwill and Salvation Army. These organizations tend to accept pretty much anything that is donated—including clothes for men, women and children. Just keep in mind that many Goodwill locations do not sell donated items in their retail stores (but instead sell them online). And if you want to make sure your donation goes directly to those who need it most, donate it through a charity like Share Our Strength. This organization provides meals for hungry children by collecting food and money. It also has an affiliate called Worn Wear that collects new and gently worn clothing—and then gives it away free of charge.
7) Animal Shelters
If you have any gently used clothing in your closet that could be put to good use, consider donating it. Most animal shelters accept donations of clothing in good condition and will either sell them or give them away free of charge. In addition, a lot of pet-lovers donate goods for homeless animals, such as food and pet toys. Animal shelters often benefit from help from volunteers and donations, so you’ll get some good karma out of helping them! Here are 10 places where you can donate women’s clothes to those in need: 1. American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) The ASPCA is an organization dedicated to protecting animals from cruelty and abuse. It provides financial support for veterinary care, helps place pets with families, offers low-cost spay/neuter services and more. The ASPCA accepts all types of women’s clothing, including accessories like scarves and jewelry. 2. Goodwill Goodwill is one of America’s largest nonprofit organizations dedicated to fighting poverty by providing job training programs, employment placement services and other community assistance programs across North America.
8) More Charities That Accept Gently Used Clothes
You don’t have to be a member of Pencils of Promise, Global Girlfriend, or Kid in Need Foundation to take advantage of their donation programs. Many clothing charities accept gently used clothing from people all over—and some will even pay you for your stuff! Here are are few more places that can use your hand-me-downs. If you want to donate women’s clothes but aren’t sure where to go, try checking out these organizations. And if there isn't a group in your area that accepts donations, think about starting one yourself! There are plenty of ways to make money by donating clothes (just ask eBay). Some charities might even help you sell items online at no cost to you. Or, if your community doesn't have an organization like these available, consider becoming a volunteer for an existing charity that helps clothe others. Just contact them and see what they need done; it could lead to helping find new homes for old items as well as fulfilling other tasks within the organization itself.
9) Swaps (like clothing swaps, cooking swaps, etc.)
Swapping with your friends and family is a great way to get rid of items you no longer want, while also giving yourself more space in your closet. You might even end up with something you really like, or (even better) find out that you can trade what you have for something better. For example, if you have a bunch of old books lying around taking up space, why not organize a book swap party? Or if you’re into crafting, offer to make one-of-kind jewelry as an alternative to buying it at retail price. It’s all about thinking outside of traditional exchanges! If you do plan on hosting swaps, here are some tips to help things run smoothly: Make sure everyone involved knows how much they should bring; otherwise, there could be confusion later on. Also decide whether you want participants to pay cash or bring their own items—this way, everyone will know exactly what they need to bring. Also consider how many people will be coming so that you don't wind up with too much stuff—or too little! Once you've got these details figured out, put together a list of rules for swapping and share them with everyone who attends. Here are some other suggestions: Be clear about swapping etiquette before anyone arrives. Everyone needs to agree on guidelines beforehand, including topics such as food allergies/dietary restrictions, sharing clothes sizes/fit preferences, etc. Set a time limit for each person’s turn to shop. This keeps things moving along without anyone feeling rushed or overwhelmed by choices. Have fun!