What can I do with this old floral comforter?
May 23, 2015 9:08 AM   Subscribe

Soft and comfy, but too ratty (has a large rip) IMO to donate to a shelter. I don't know how to sew, myself. Putting it in the trash/landfill seems like overkill and a waste of resources. Except for the rip, it's very serviceable. I am in the continual process of divesting my possessions (minimalist lifestyle), and don't want to keep it myself. (I have a relative that gives me a new blanket every time she sees me -- but that's another story!)
posted by intrepid_simpleton to Grab Bag (9 answers total)
Donate it to an animal shelter.
posted by clearlydemon at 9:10 AM on May 23, 2015 [24 favorites]

Yep, animal shelter is the best home for any old bedding.
posted by rockindata at 9:37 AM on May 23, 2015 [1 favorite]

They're always looking for new bedding in serviceable condition. Once they're too stained or torn, they just throw them out, but they get great use in the meantime. Highly recommended!
posted by barnone at 9:39 AM on May 23, 2015 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: You see why AskMetaFilter works so well? As a non-pet-owner, this would have never crossed my mind. Brilliant.
posted by intrepid_simpleton at 9:39 AM on May 23, 2015 [4 favorites]

Pet shelters always need towels too.
posted by HeyAllie at 10:20 AM on May 23, 2015

Came to say the same, but also that you can always post things like this to your local Buy Nothing or Freecycle groups, and many communities often have free/trade Facebook pages. Some resources if your purge continues!
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 12:24 PM on May 23, 2015

Or you can use this piece to learn to sew and mend - the aesthetics won't matter on it, so next time you have something well loved you'll be able to enjoy it longer. It's honestly no harder than threading a needle.
posted by fiercecupcake at 3:59 PM on May 23, 2015

There's a huge billboard in my neighborhood saying that Goodwill wants donations of all fabrics, even the ratty ones. If it can get second life at a pet shelter, that's great, but if it can't than it still might be worth donating.
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:45 AM on May 24, 2015 [1 favorite]

I found out, via googling for a similar question, that textile recycling is a real thing, and that the only drop-off locations anywhere near where I work or live are the local Goodwill stores.
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess at 8:43 PM on May 25, 2015

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