To Garage Sale or To Donate? That is The Question!

Spring is officially underway, friends! We’ve cracked open the windows, spring cleaned, and made a pile of clothes and other items we no longer need. Now, what should we do with them?

For most of us, the answer is simple: have a garage sale. Holding a garage sale seems like a natural step after spring cleaning. It’s a way for our belongings to find purpose and meaning with someone else who will use them, and it’s also a great way to make some quick cash.

While it’s validating to sell your things, it’s also great to donate your former treasures. Here are five reasons you should consider donating your clothes and possessions instead of selling them:

  1. It feels good. When donating to a cause we care about, we feel good. Instead of holding a garage sale, consider donating your gently used items? Even better—when you donate to ClothingDonations.org, you’re helping veterans. With last Saturday being Armed Forces Day, the timing could not be more perfect. Consider making a donation to us today!
  2. Planning a garage sale is stressful. Garage sales can take weeks of planning and preparation. We know how busy everyone is, so do yourself (and us!) a favor: donate your items. We make the process easy and painless, so there’s no need to stress out!
  3. Donations are tax-deductible. Donations made to ClothingDonations.org are tax-deductible—all the more reason to donate your gently used items!
  4. It declutters your home. Having a decluttered home should be enough incentive to donate your clothes. Imagine all of the extra space you’ll have. Sounds good, right? Donate today!
  5. It’s easy! Simply place your items in a donation box, and schedule a donation pickup with ClothingDonations.org. We’ll swing by and make sure your donated goods are given to loving homes.

Now that we’ve given you some pretty compelling reasons to donate your belongings instead of selling them, the question is this—when will you schedule your donation pickup?

3 Rules for Smart Shopping

1. Always take inventory of your closet before shopping and create a list of items that you absolutely need.

2. Resist the urge to buy things that aren’t on your list and focus only on the essentials.

3. As soon as you get home, make space for your new item by placing one piece of clothing you no longer wear in your donate bag and schedule a pick-up.

Following these tips will help you build a wardrobe full of clothes that you actually wear!

5 Hacks for Small Closets

1. Store your out-of-season clothing and get rid of the clothes that you no longer wear. A good rule to go by: if you have clothes that you haven’t worn in a year, it’s time to let go. Keep only the clothes that you feel comfortable in and that look good on you, regardless of how great they may look on the hanger. After you’ve finished your purge donate the items that you won’t keep.

2. Maximize your space by going vertical! Utilize the back of your closet and walls; hooks, shelves, a belt hanger, and an over-the-door shoe organizer are just some ideas.

3. Use shower hooks to hang scarves. Or, if you don’t like the idea of hanging shower hooks in your closet you can try one of these other DIY ideas.

4.Upcycle soda cans to hang more clothes. Bonus: this trick allows you to hang entire outfits, which will save you time in the morning!

5. Install an extra rod and use that for shorter items, such as skirts and shirts. Here’s a tutorial to help you out: Double Your Closet Space.

For more ideas check out the Pinterest board we created for you!

VVA Pickup Testimonials

  • “I cannot begin to tell you how much my wife and I enjoying donating clothing and other goods to the VVA. The VVA is always professional and responsive.”
    -Craig W.
  • “Thank you so much for helping me clear out some things. What a great organization and so prompt!” -Laurie C.
  • “I’m getting ready for my second or third donation of very nice clothing and household items. Thank you for mailing me the post cards and bags. Without paying attention to the first one – I never would have heard of you! I’m glad to have found you and will continue to provide things whenever possible.”
    -Marcia Clevenger W.
  • “My favorite organization. I donate at least $1, 000.00 worth of clothes, etc. to them at least 2 times a year!” -Rose Marie Anello C.
  • “Just wanted to say thank you for how easy you make it to donate. I previously contacted another organization that involved an email submission, phone tag, and then a one month wait for a pick-up. I got your flyer and it was as easy as clicking online. Wonderful! Thanks so much for making it easy and for the great work you do!” -Erin K.

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