What to do with clothing in need of mending, zippers, etc? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 6 Old 01-31-2006, 09:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
amyamanda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: VT (zone 5)
Posts: 1,403
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Or clothing that is noticeably stained?

I need to get stuff out of my house; I can't get bogged down in trying to mend, fix, or creatively reuse things in this category.

Where can you donate them? I just read the discussion about expired food at the food bank, and it got me thinking that maybe clothing in need of mending really wouldn't be welcome at shelters, etc.

I have a consignment shop I take the best-condition stuff to, a charity thrift shop I take the good-condition stuff to, and there two shelters in town that take clothing and other donations. I figured that the stained and more worn stuff would be okay to donate to the shelters. But I am at a loss regarding the things in need of mending. Jackets with broken zippers, for example; lightweight pants that just need the crotch-seam restitched, and shirts missing one button, among other things.

What can I do with this stuff to get rid of it quickly besides throw it out???

Amanda, mom to Everest (12), Alden (10-1/2), Ellery (7-1/2), & Avery (6)
amyamanda is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 of 6 Old 01-31-2006, 10:44 PM
 
pilesoflaundry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: getting comfy again
Posts: 8,925
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I either toss it : or I put it on freecycle and make it very clear in the post it's stuff that is in need a button etc. I also do this with stained clothing, I list it as stained but wearable playclothing. I've had people very happy to pick up stuff like that, they can keep their kids nice stuff for school and free playclothes are always good!
pilesoflaundry is offline  
#3 of 6 Old 02-01-2006, 12:41 AM
 
ombra*luna's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 2,227
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I bag it up and bring it to Goodwill or Salvation Army. Where we are, you can drive around the back and put it in these big dumpster-like bins. I understand they go through it and take out what it saleable, then sell the rest as rags. (I think I may have read that here - or somewhere online, recently.)
ombra*luna is offline  
#4 of 6 Old 02-01-2006, 02:29 AM
 
our3boys's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 483
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Some stuff can be fixed by the future buyer (especailly the buttons and the crotch seam ones if it is just that the thread pulled out). I have seen on HGTV that some houses are being insulated with shredded denim and that it works very well. Many things get sent off to third world countries where people are desperate for anything. So I guess I would agree w/PP that you should probably donate it and let them sort it into various piles. Unless it is truly ready for the garbage, which it sounds like your things may not be.

One of the donation bins we have around here is called "Retex". They actually want the donations for future garments. I had a friend who obtained a vest for her son with a Retex label in it. It was adorable.
our3boys is offline  
#5 of 6 Old 02-01-2006, 12:10 PM
 
JefsJen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 230
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i end up stuffing stuff that needs mending wherever I can fit it. Then when I do a major over-haul in the house I end up tossing it out. Everything that leaves here, just about, goes to Salvation Army, since it's so close to my house, well, a few blocks anyway...
JefsJen is offline  
#6 of 6 Old 02-01-2006, 09:38 PM
 
Free Thinker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 2,485
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If it's really nice, then I go ahead and put it in teh goodwill bag. If it has stains, I toss it. This used to be a real problem for me, b/c I would think "well, my kid is the one who stained it, and I don't care to put it onher again, but no one else would want this cruddy shirt on thier kid" so I'd keep it, just because I was the only one who would potentially use it. Now I toss it!
Free Thinker is offline  
Reply

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off