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Yes, this is a holiday! SecondHand Wardrobe Day is August 25. In addition to saving money, buying secondhand clothing saves the Earth’s resources. Rather than filling up landfills, secondhand clothing is cheaper, lasts longer, and is already “preshrunk to fit,” so you know exactly what you’re getting.  Learn more about the true cost of fashion in this documentary.

How to Participate

If you’re not in the market for clothes right now, you can still participate – today or any time you’re ready to clean your closet! Here’s how:

  • Gather supplies:
    • Bags, boxes, laundry baskets, etc.
  • Empty your entire closet
    • Wipe down the shelves, fix anything that needs attention, and vacuum thoroughly 
  • Separate into categories
    • Shirts, pants, dresses, etc.
  • Sort into piles
    • Keep
    • Give away
    • Launder/fix
    • Toss/Recycle
  • Follow-through 
    • Organize your keep pile
    • Put give away bags directly in your car for drop off
    • Wash & alter items or have them fixed by a professional
    • Toss & recycle

For more on this, see our blog on closet organization.

Items that are in your giveaway pile can be donated to a local thrift shop. Find one near you! Or, if you need a little extra cash, try a consignment shop, either local or online.

A few online consignment shops

ThredUp
Swap
Vestiaire Collective – for high-end luxury items

Have you ever donated clothes or purchased secondhand items to wear? Let us know about your experience in the comments below!