September 20, 2012 § 3 Comments
Our local YWCA‘s DRESS FOR SUCCESS program provides work-appropriate clothing for disadvantaged women who are job-hunting and starting new jobs. They accept donations of gently-used clothing and accessories, most of which go to the women they help. However, as part of their fundraising for this program, the YWCA sets aside designer and vintage clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories for their annual Closet Treasures Sale. On an October Friday evening and Saturday (October 12 and 13 this year), they sell the donated items to the public at well below their initial prices.
Last year, several coworkers and I attended the preview sale on Friday. High quality, and such bargains! For less than $150, I brought home a red wool/alpaca winter coat, a black cardigan that I’ve lived in, two work jackets (both red tones – it was a theme), a custom-made blouse, and a gorgeous caramel brown Coach bag.
Why, you may be wondering, am I writing about buying clothes on a blog that’s about getting rid of stuff? First, I have no objection to buying things (clothing included) that you will use and enjoy. It’s acquiring stuff that you don’t use that’s the problem. Second, I love getting good quality items at a reasonable price, and this sale is a fabulous place to do that. Third, and more to the point of this blog, if you have good-quality clothing that you’re not using (and you’re in the Seattle area), donating it to the YWCA is a fabulous way to put that clothing to good use, whether they decide to sell it at the Closet Treasures sale or use it as part of a work outfit for a disadvantaged woman who’s trying to get a job.
Recently, I dropped these five items off at the YWCA for this year’s sale:
- linen blouse
- wool/silk tweed trousers
- cross-body leather purse
- lined raincoat
- silver and opal earrings
The following clothing wasn’t work-appropriate, so I dropped it off at the Big Blue Truck:
- 2 pairs shoes
- 1 pair shorts
- 1 pair pajamas
- 1 pair jeans
- 2 pairs socks (brand new… an identical pair made my feet itch)
- 1 wool jacket
- 2 sweaters
- 1 wool scarf
- 7 T-shirts (I’m reducing the number of these I have with anything printed on the front)
And, after almost a year, I realized I’d only used that beautiful Coach bag once (I’m trying to weed the brown from my wardrobe), so I sent it off to my mother, who loves it and will carry it. Giving your stuff to someone you know who will enjoy it does the trick, too.