I need to get rid of a lot of new and gently-used clothing. Assuming I'll discard the unwearable/shabby items, what is the most ethical way to give away all of these clothes?
- The clothes are either slightly used or new (some with tags!).
- They are J. Crew, Gap, Ann Taylor, etc. There are no full suits, but some would be appropriate for professional wear (skirts, tops).
- I do not want to donate them to an organization that will dump them
. This rules out a huge number of groups (Purple Heart, Salvation Army, etc.). Unless there is a definitive
statement about dumping, I do not feel comfortable donating my clothes to an organization. I would prefer to throw them out over donating to a group that will dump them.
- These clothes could probably be sold (to a store, on Ebay, etc.), but I have neither the time nor inclination to do so myself.
- I live in Washington, DC. I am definitely open to local charities who are looking for specific clothing items! I have not had much luck looking myself, though.
- I am very much sensitive to the fact that clothing donations are not an efficacious means of charity. I really just need to get rid of these clothes, and I cannot stomach throwing them out when they are good quality. Not all of them are mine; some of them haven't been worn.
That's about it! Any and all ideas welcome, even if they're something like "put a box on your porch".