When the time comes to part with an item of clothing, it can be a bittersweet moment.
More often than not, we have great memories associated with well-loved pieces.
But keeping in mind that hoarding is not high on the ‘Most Attractive Qualities‘ list, there comes a time when even the best items should be exchanged to make room for the new.
Instead of throwing your used clothing away, why not sell or donate it to someone who would be happy to have it?
We’ve put together a shortlist of our top 5 favourite options in London for selling and donating clothing, so keep on reading!
We’ll start with a shop that relies on donations, for those of you that are feeling more magnanimous than enterprising.
Most Londoners have walked past an Oxfam shop, but do you know what the foundation actually does?
Oxfam is a charity that used funds gathered through donated & resold items (clothing, books, furniture, etc.) to fight poverty & inequality around the globe.
Selling donated items in their stores, as well as online, they raise money for worthy causes. So why not donate some of your pre-loved clothing?
Not only will your clothes end up in a great second home, but you’ll also be helping people all over the world. Pretty neat, huh?
2. British Heart Foundation
The British Heart Foundation works to raise money to fund research to help find cures for heart & circulatory diseases. But what does donated clothing have to do with heart disease?
Well, the BHF collects pre-owned items – everything from shoes to couches – and sells them to raise money for their research.
Therefore, if helping find a cure for heart diseases is a cause close to your…. heart, then this is the option for you!
3. Mary’s Living & Giving
Founded by Mary Portas, the well-known British retail consultant & author, Mary’s Living & Giving boutique charity shops sell second-hand items and can be found all over London.
All profit made goes directly to funding Save the Children, a foundation that works to support & protect at-risk children worldwide.
So, if you have a closet full of designer clothing you’re more hesitant to part with, consider donating it to one of Mary’s boutiques.
You’ll make a difference and be sure that your well-loved clothing is getting a fabulous new home.
While we all enjoy the idea of donating our used clothing to help worthy causes, sometimes it’s necessary to make some extra money to be able to afford new clothing.
That’s where Vinted comes in – it’s an online market that allows you to sell your clothing quickly & efficiently.
They don’t charge sellers any fees, though you do have to package and send the clothing yourself.
For those that want to sell their clothing to locals, Pre-loved is a fantastic option.
It’s a classified ads site that allowed you to list items you’d like to sell to people in your local area.
There are no fees involved, though you do have to pay for the shipping.
But, you get three free photos per ad to show off your items! Don’t be afraid to get creative in your photography, you’ll be sure to capture more attention that way.
Whether you’re of a mind to donate or sell your used clothing, remember that either way, you’re contributing to the circular fashion cycle.
By giving your clothing a second chance, you’re reducing waste and increasing sustainability in the fashion industry – and that’s something to be proud of!