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Charity shops

Stripey woolen jumper

Charity shops

Clothes, furniture, crockery, CDs and DVDs are just some of the items accepted by the hundreds of charity shops across London. Some charities even run door-to-door clothes and textiles collections, where they post a plastic sack through your letterbox and tell you when they can come to pick it up, making donating to charity easy for everyone. You can also use Gone For Good, an app that makes donating to charities super simple. They accept clothes, furniture, electrical items and other homewares and will collect them from your home and take them to charity shops.

Many charity shops ask that items you donate for resale are clean and in good condition, though some like TRAID (textile reuse) accept everything.  Note also that most charity shops are unable to accept electrical items for health and safety reasons. If they are in a safe, working condition, you can offer these to your local community via online giving sites such as Streetbank, Freecycle and Gumtree.

To find out more about donating to charity shops or to locate your nearest one, visit www.charityshops.org.uk.

If you’re after some new clothes yourself, and you’ve been secretly lusting after your friend’s jumper, why not organise a swish and get rid of your unwanted clothes in return for some new-to-you outfits.

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