I almost titled this post “Give More,” but then I realized that I’m advising you to do other things with your cast-offs—you know, the things you couldn’t refashion or mend or use in other interesting ways—instead of or in addition to donating them to Goodwill or Oxfam or whatever charity organizations thrive in your part of the world.
That’s not because I am a mean-spirited person who doesn’t believe in charity; quite the opposite. My partner and I live just a few blocks from a St. Vincent de Paul, and we donate there on a regular basis. We also do a lot of shopping there—it’s a great place to pick up furniture on the cheap, and we are almost constantly on the hunt for bookshelves. (Once we were looking at a bookshelf in a furniture store and the salesman asked us if we were actually planning to put books on it and we both had this immediate reaction of shock because what else do people put on their bookshelves, and on their desks, and on their bedside tables, and in their closets, and on their coffee tables, and in their cupboards, and under their couches?)
Anyway, none of that is the point. The point is that there are more things you can do with your old clothes besides handing them over to Goodwill, and in fact you should consider some of these other options, and I’ll tell you why.