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Old 01-19-2009, 05:33 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have two coats that my kids have almost outgrown. They both have broken zippers but are fine other than that. Do you think it's okay to give them to Goodwill? It seems like someone could put a new zipper in (not me, but someone who actually knows how to sew!)
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:37 PM
 
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Yes,
The new owner can fix the zipper, they may choose not to use the zipper,(they could be layering etc) they may need the coat as part of a costume etc... There are lots of reasons a person would be at goodwill for a coat.
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sure. goodwill would probably sell it for very cheap and someone handy with sewing a new zipper on may buy it.

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Yes, of course.

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Yes,and most people(like myself)who shop at goodwill know to check all zippers,snaps etc. before they buy.

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OK. Maybe I'll just stick a note on them that says the zipper is broken.
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If it is a name brand coat and not too old, you can sometimes exchange it for the same size new....

I might donate it, but only if it was otherwise a nice coat. Would put a note on it, too, that's a good idea.
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Two cities I have lived in had "coats for kids" drives in the early fall. coats were collected, a local dry cleaner/alterations business donated any repairs needed and the coats were given to children in need.

Check out your city and see if they have something like that.

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Yes. Also, you could offer them up on Freecycle, mentioning that the zippers are broken. I've seen lots of stuff offered on there that just needs a little fixing to be good as new.

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I was out of a sewing machine and had a zipper replaced by a tailor for 3$ :-) If that's the only issue I would take it myself :-) :-)

We all know our kids don't zipper their coats anyway, ha!
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I voted no, only because I saw a thing on the news about either goodwill or Salvation Army that said anything donated with holes, stains, etc. gets thrown out and that the thrift stores were complaining about how much stuff had to be thrown away. Apparently they end up with large dumpsters full of trash that they have to pay to have emptied. Seems to me that there should be a better solution to this problem, but thats what the news said....
That being said, You could probably just call goodwill and see if they would take it or throw it out. If they won't take it, list it for free on Craigslist. I'm sure there are plenty of sew-y moms out there who wouldn't mind the few minutes it would take to fix it up!

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No, Goodwill will throw it away no matter how nice the coat is. You're better off using Craig's List or Freecycle or as was previously suggested, a coat collection where they have someone who will repair the zipper before they send it out.

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No, if a piece of clothing has a problem I give it away on Free Market, Freecycle or on craigslist. I don't donate damaged goods.

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If something is stained, frayed, or broken (like a zipper or missing buttons), I give it away for free. Freecycle and Craigslist are good places, but there are also donation bins for clothing around certain cities.

Aside from Goodwill possibly throwing it away, I don't like the idea of someone having to pay money for a damaged item, and then having to spend more money to fix it.
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except the last 2 days! LOL! (We had "frost" on the lawn when we woke up this morning!! Everyone walked around on it with bare feet until we couldn't stand it any longer!)

Anyway I digress! I got a nice name brand jacket for my toddler. The zipper was broken but it also had a row of snaps to keep it closed so it worked for my child and was passed down to another before it was finally outgrown and there was no younger sibling to need it!
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I won't give anything to Goodwill or any other charity that is not in wearable condition.

I don't know many poor people with sewing machines.
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Haven't read the rest, but I would definitely donate a coat w/broken zipper to goodwill. I've bought coats w/broken zippers (cheaper) and fixed 'em. Works great, still cheap.

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I don't know many poor people with sewing machines.
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nope - goodwill would toss it (in most cities). freecycle or craigslist with full disclosure. NOW, it's even going to be worse for goodwill because of the CPSIA, so until that gets sorted out, i won't be donating to resale shops at all.

and as for "poor people with sewing machines" = absolutely!!!! "poor" does not mean "not" industrious. there are many poor moms who are in school or married to student or just live so far below poverty that they have to shop thrift or freecycle for clothes.

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I won't give anything to Goodwill or any other charity that is not in wearable condition.

I don't know many poor people with sewing machines.

Poor people aren't the only ones that shop at thrift stores and why wouldn't a poor person have a sewing machine? Some newer ones aren't that expensive and some higher quality old ones can be passed down and used no problem. I learned to sew on my grandmother's 50 (i think) year old singer that she used till she died.

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No, Goodwill will throw it away no matter how nice the coat is. You're better off using Craig's List or Freecycle or as was previously suggested, a coat collection where they have someone who will repair the zipper before they send it out.

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That's just what I was going to say. If you use freecycle or craig's list, you will be certain of getting the coat into the hands of someone who is willing and able to fix it.

Also, like someone else said, you might be able to get a brand new coat from the manufacturer. Land's End did this for us last year because the zipper on dd's coat stopped working.
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Poor people aren't the only ones that shop at thrift stores
For example...there are lots of people who don't buy new for environmental reasons...or people who shop at goodwill because they want to support the program they have going on...or people who would rather spend their money on other things than new clothes...

you can even buy a sewing machine there!

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I'd donate it. A family could probably pick it up dirt cheap, and I'd rather see a kid with an unzipped coat than a kid with no coat at all.

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I'd offer it on Freecycle, being honest about the item's condition. I wouldn't make a thrift store deal with it- unless I knew for a fact that the particular charity was going to fix them before putting them up for sale (say, if they hired people with developmental disabilities to repair the clothes first, and part of the donation was providing them with employment.) Since I'm not aware of any local charity that does this, damaged items go out via freecycle.

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I voted no because I can afford to have the zipper replaced at the local mending lady.

I realize that might not be the case for everyone, to some the $5 or so may not be in the budget.

But I figure since I do have room in the budget, I have some sort of obligation to make things easier for the agency to which I am donating to.

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