It’s that time of year again when the idea of spring cleaning becomes so fun and exciting that it’s impossible to resist!
There’s dusting off to be done, rooms to redesign, and fresh organizational tactics to try, and for some pieces that don’t make the cut this year, a new home is in order.
Goodwill is an easy drop off that most of us have close to home, but there also are a bunch of different Austin organizations and businesses you may not be as familiar with that make a difference in our community or can make you some money from your unwanted goods.
If you’re looking to sell items before donation, your first step is to determine what is sellable.
If you’re looking to strictly donate, skip this part and find your drop off spots below.
Sellable items from your closet will most likely fall into one of these categories:
MODERN: Excellent condition pieces that are less than four years old.
VINTAGE: Excellent condition pieces that are more than fifteen years old.
Once you have those two categories established, break down the modern pieces into subcategories.
Fashion-forward, high-end designer pieces (i.e., Chloe, Isabel Marant, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Valentino, Theory, Gucci, Lanvin, Helmut Lang…)
Moderate or low-priced trend pieces (i.e., Rails, Equipment, Paige, Joe’s, Madewell, Nike, Michael Kors, Wildfox, Kendra Scott, Dolce Vita, Sam Edelman, A New Day, Wit & Wisdom, Caslon, BP., Halogen, TopShop, Leith)
If your modern pieces fall into subcategory “1”, take them here:
If your modern pieces fall into subcategory “2”, take them here:
For all vintage pieces, take them here:
Note: Some boutiques are by appointment only, so make sure to call ahead and arrange your visit before you get to the store.
Once you’ve consigned or sold what’s possible, it’s time to make a big difference with your bag of items.
From the unsold items, separate items that can be used professionally from those that are more weekend appropriate.
For professional items, take them here:
Dress for Success
You can donate directly to the organization at their Austin location or you can take your donation to any Westbank Cleaners.
(Dress for Success items must be on hangers, so make sure to hang them back up before delivery. Shoes and accessories can be placed in bags.)
For casual items or if you’re looking to donate solely at one spot, take them here:
SAFE Donation Warehouse
1401 Grove Blvd, Austin, TX 78741
Now I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below and tell me your favorite place to consign your unwanted items in Austin.