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    • GladysG

      Love it -- make less new stuff cuz we already have so much stuff, encourage entrepreneurship worldwide, and, my favorite, keep junk out of landfills!

  • GladysG

    The up side of this is that now you know you should never put ANY textiles in the trash, not even your stretched-out bras and stained ties. If you do, all those cheap synthetic clothes go into the landfill. Donate them to larger second-hand retailers like Goodwill, which is a job training program first and has manpower to sort (unlike your mom and pop resale boutique), and at least your ripped nylons and holey sweaters and stained T-shirts get one more chance at life outside the landfill as rags or rugs or carpet fibers... This info is corroborated by real-life textile "recyclers" as well as Mr. Green of Sierra Magazine. Don't throw fabric scraps in the trash, ever! (And stop buying so much crap!!)

    • Yasha Wallin

      That's a really good point. I think a lot of people, including myself, throw things that seem too old to donate because the assumption is donation centers won't take them. But yes, if this is in fact the cycle it makes sense to hand off everything.

      • GladysG

        Yes, we're too embarrassed to donate our old underwear, but, indeed, if we direct it toward the larger operations with staff to separate it out to be sold in bulk, that old pair of boxers could actually benefit the charity!

    • Elizabeth812

      I was actually working at the Donations "door" at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago. While the majority of the clothes stay at the store some do get sent to other Goodwill stores.
      I always buy clothes at second hand stores. You can find clothes there that are nicer than anything found at Wal-Mart

      • GladysG

        I agree whole-heartedly, keeping used goods in circulation is best.

  • Patrick Barabé

    I have some "USA Olympics" soccer shorts from JC Penny's that I got at a street market in Ivory Coast at a huge discount.

  • Howie Zink

    I have actually seen my donated clothes on the thrift store rack. One time I saw a P.E. shirt with my name on it. Another time my Girlfriends step-father went to the thrift store, and saw some Hawaiian shirts that he liked so he bought them. However, he didn't know that his wife cleaned out his closets earlier that week, and sent most of his Hawaiian shirts to the thrift store. He ended up buying back most of his Hawaiian shirts without even knowing it.

    • Yasha Wallin

      That's amazing! I bet his wife wasn't very happy about that.