If you are planning on donating some thing you no longer use to a charity’s thrift store, you may want to keep a couple of things in mind. First, charities want clean, usable clothing that still has a lot of wear left in it.If clothes are dirty, torn, or badly stained, they may end up in the garbage, although most thrift stores attempt to make sure this happens as infrequently as possible.
Some donated items hang on the rack for months without being sold. When this happens, the thrift store will send it to a centralized location that sells all of the fabric at a bulk rate, sometimes by the ton, to overseas companies from third world countries who use the fabric scraps for many different things.
While this means that nearly everything donated to a thrift store is eventually used for the good of somebody, it is unquestionably more beneficial for the donations that they receive to be in a saleable condition.
Most thrift stores run by charities also accept items besides clothing. Jewelry is always a great thing to donate as, even if it is no longer in style, there will likely be someone with a crafty eye who will buy the piece with the intention of updating it. Children’s shoes are also a great item to donate as they often get less wear than they can handle before the child has grown out of them. Some parents will buy the children a pair of shoes just to wear for playing from the thrift store in order to keep their every day shoes in better shape.
Household goods, books, electronics, and furniture are also accepted at most charity gift stores. If you have any of these things that you believe someone could use, do not set it on the curb! Drop it off at your local thrift store, so someone else can benefit.