"If it can’t be reduced, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production." – Peter Seeger

Local

Local consignment store
Most local consignment shops will take gently used kids clothes and will give you a cut of the sale price once it sells.  Find a local consignment shop here. 

 

Buy/sell Facebook group 

If you are able to sell your clothes within a small community,  these will likely be picked up by someone that lives close by. This works best if your community has an established buying and selling group with a large number of active members. People in this type of group are generally looking for new or like new clothes at a big discount rate. 

 

Offer up

An app that lets you sell a variety of different products to nearby consumers. Buyers can browse through many categories or search for something specific.

 

LetGo

mobile platform that aims to provide a simple experience, LetGo allows you to post, chat and make sales quickly. You can set a specific location and buyers can search within a specific range in order to find the relevant products that are closest to them.

 

Online trading or reselling:

TheSwoondleSociety.com

Swoondle doesn't take a "cut" off the value of your items, unlike consignment and resale sites.  Your chosen membership plan entitles you to a certain number of trades per year and each item has an assigned level that determines its value.
What they accept: Gently used kids clothes, preferably those whose initial price was over $10. Depending on brand and condition, they will be assigned a level between 1 and 5. 

 

 

Thred up

How selling works: Sign up (you can use your Amazon account) and request a prepaid bag to ship your clothes (preferably brand name). There is a fee if more than 40% of your bag is rejected, so make sure you follow their acceptance policy. Once they process your clothes, you can either get paid upfront by  
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or you wait until items sell. If your items are not accepted, you can have them shipped back for a fee or they will recycle for you. 
What they accept: New and like new brand name clothes for men, women, and kids. 

 

Swap.com

You sign up and request a prepaid shipping box to mail your unwanted clothes.  How selling works: Swap has a commission model in which you can earn from 20% to 70% of the final sale price. If you want your non-accepted items returned to you, you can request the items but it comes with a fee.

What they accept: New and gently used clothes for women, men, kids, and baby. In addition, Swap also accepts toys and maternity clothing. 

 

 

 

Donate. Give Back.

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Who: GreenDrop

How it works:  GreenDrop has been selected by the American Red Cross, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Federation of the Blind and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia, to raise funds through the generation and collection of donated clothing and household items. 

What they accept: Gently used clothes, shoes, toys, and household appliances. 

Website: https://www.gogreendrop.com/

 

Who: Slavation Army

How it works: Your donations to Salvation Army Family Stores help fund rehabilitation programs that heal addictions, change lives, and restore families. Find the closest drop off location here, or schedule a free pick up. 

What they accept: Gently used clothes, shoes, toys, and household appliances.

Website: https://satruck.org/

 

Who: Give Back Box
How it works: No wasted boxes! Simply use a box where goods were shipped to you (or any other box you have at home), fill it with goods, print a pre-paid label from their website, and off it goes. You only pay if you want to be able to choose the charity that it goes to.  
What they accept: Any household items such as clothes, shoes, and jewelry.

Website: https://givebackbox.com/ 

 

Who: Retail stores 

How it works: Some H&M and The North Face stores have a big box where you can bring clothes and textiles from any brand to be donated or recycled. 

What they accept:  They accept clothes and household textiles that are ready to be re-worn, reused or recycled. 

 

Who: Collection bins (mostly found in parking lots)

How it works: Place all of your unwanted clothes & textiles in a sealed plastic bag and drop off at your local bin. Find one in your area here.  USAgain operates more than 12,500 collection bins in 16 states. Please note that most bins are social enterprises, which means that they are for profit. While I personally prefer local charities that benefit local communities, these are a better option than a landfill. 

What they accept:  They accept clothes, shoes and household textiles that are ready to be re-worn, reused or recycled.

Website: http://www.usagain.com 

 

 

 

 

 

Recycle the unwearable

 

Check with local charities or thrift store about collection locations to see where you can drop-off your unwearable clothes or textiles such as drapes, towels etc. 

Goodwill, Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul, Savers or other Thrift Stores will recycle any textile that is not sellable in their stores.

Ask your town or city if they have a textile recycling program.