The season’s have definitely changed and it’s time to make room for warmer clothes in your wardrobe.
Most people want to find homes for things they no longer want yet still have life in them. To remove this hurdle to letting go, here are a few places to consider when editing your closet this fall:
What: gently-used clothing, all cloth based items, footwear, books, toys, kitchenware and electronics for reuse or recycling
Win: Helping more than 9 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes
How: Drop off at bins, or by arranging for pickup. For more information, call 1-800-505-5525
Where: Across Canada
What: Clothing for men, women and children, footwear and accessories
Win: Thrift stores generate revenues to help marginalized members of society by meeting their practical needs.
How: Drop off at bins, donate in Thrift Store locations or to arrange for pickup, call 1-888-333-1229.
Where: Locations of Thrift Stores across Canada
What: High quality, new & nearly new modern professional women’s wear appropriate for a job interview. Includes professional office wear, outer wear, footwear, accessories and new beauty & hygiene products. Items should be dry cleaned or laundered, on hangers or neatly folded in large shopping or reusable bags.
Win: Promotes “the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.” When browsing at The Bay I noticed Jeanne Beker’s Edit (I love her choice of words) clothing line donates a percentage to this worthy cause.
How: Each location is unique. Visit the page for your city to find out when and where to drop off clothing.
Where: Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Regina
What: New and gently used items which are then sold through network of community stores and outlets.
Win: Consumers get bargains. Revenues drive job creation and work experiences for those facing employment barriers.
How: Drop off, Drive thru.
Where: Greater Toronto, Central and Eastern Ontario
What: When donating through Oasis boxes – include only small, soft, unbreakable items such as clothing, footwear and belts. Much more can be accepted if you arrange for pickup. See the FAQ page for a full list.
Win: Helps people in recovery learn to overcome employment barriers
How: Drop off at local boxes, or arrange for a pickup. Ideal for garage sale left overs.
Where: Throughout Toronto
You can also watch for unique events such as Ron White’s Annual Shoe Drive for the Homeless put on every winter.
Keep an eye out for donation opportunities near you. It’s a great way to a) stay motivated when editing your wardrobe, b) help others, c) save money, d) keep items out of landfill.