12 Things You Can Do With Old Clothes

What to do with old clothes?

Did you do some decluttering in your closet and find a stack of clothes you no longer want or need? Don’t throw them out just yet! Let us show you twelve things you can do with them. You might be surprised at the possibilities.

12 Things to Do With Old Clothes

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1. Sell

If your old clothes are still in good condition, then you can choose to sell them. If you’d like to get rid of your old clothes fast, then you may also opt to sell them at a low price. If you’re not in a hurry, then you can increase the price a bit.

There are several ways you could sell your clothes. You can go on and have a yard sale, or you can also sell them online.

If the clothes in question have a few problems, then you can still try to sell them. However, make sure you disclose any problems the clothes may have, like missing buttons and such.

2. Give Them to Friends and Family

Now, if you need the extra space as soon as possible, then you might want to give your clothes away instead.

Giving your clothes to your friends and family has many perks. It can get the clothes off of your hands immediately, and you would still be able to see them if you’re a little sentimental about your clothes.

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3. Rent

Now, if you are sentimental and can’t seem to let go of your clothes, then maybe you’d be up for renting them.

You might be surprised, but it is possible! You can let your friends and family rent your clothes for a day or a week for a small price. If you’re comfortable renting your clothes to a bigger circle, then you might want to try out platforms like By Rotation.

You get to keep the clothes, and you get to earn some bucks. Win-win!

4. Trading

If you’re thinking of selling your old clothes to get some new ones, then you might want to swap your old clothes with your friends’ old clothes instead!

Clothes swapping might even be a fun activity for you and your friends. You can set up a little meeting and ask everyone to bring a few of their old clothes. You might find some treasures, and your loved ones might even find a few gems in your pile.

5. Discount

You can also collect all your old clothes and bring them to certain stores like Northface. They allow you to drop off your unwanted clothes in exchange for a discount on their store.

This option is better in more ways than one. Not only are you getting a discount, but you’re also probably helping a cause. Stores that usually have this kind of program are helping with a charity or something similar.

6. Charity

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Now, if you have a particular charity you support, then you might want to forgo getting a discount at a store and directly drop off your clothes at your preferred charity.

This option is undoubtedly one of the best ones on the list.

7. Animal Shelter

Next, if you have a sweet spot for our furry friends, then you might want to give your old clothes to your local animal shelter instead. They usually take any clothes. Yes, even the really worn-out ones. That is because they can use these clothes as bedding for the little ones in the shelter.

8. Repair

Now, if you have some time on your hands, you might want to try to repair your clothes instead.

If you’re dealing with a stained garment, you might want to check out some of our past discussions. We talked about different kinds of stains many of us experience and how to deal with them.

On the other hand, if we’re talking about some tears, then you might want to learn a few types of stitches. Sometimes the good ol’ backstitch is all that sweater needs.

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9. Upgrade

You might even want to upgrade your clothes, especially if it’s still mighty fine and you’ve just outgrown its style.

You can add some patches, do some embroidery, or even turn that shirt into a tie-dye one. There are lots of possibilities. Take your pick!

10. Compost

If you have a green thumb, you might also want to turn your old clothes into compost. However, this option can only be done for natural clothes.

We don’t recommend this option unless you’re 100% sure you’re dealing with clothes that can be composted. If you have the slightest doubt that the clothes you’re dealing with have some synthetic material, then you better not risk it.

11. Bubble Wrap

Now, if you’ve dug your old clothes because you are moving, then you might have heard that you should leave your worn-out pieces behind. Well, let us offer another option.

If you’re moving and you have quite a few glassware, then you might want to use your old clothes as an alternative to bubbles wraps. This way, you’ll be able to save a few bucks.

Ten Old Clothes Repurpose Ideas

If you’re not into repairing, then maybe you’d be up to repurpose them. There are dozens and dozens of ways to repurpose your old clothes, but here are our top choices. [What To Do With Old Clothes That Can’t Be Donated]

1. Bags and Pouches

Whatever piece of clothing it is, you could probably turn it into a bag or a pouch. You can even turn it into a fun DIY project by making matching pouches for you and your friends.

On the other hand, you can also earn a few bucks by making a few pouches and selling them.


2. Cloth Facemasks

Some suggest double masking. If you have some old clothes, then you might want to turn them into reusable fabric facemasks.

If you want, you can even make a few that would match your favorite outfits. On the other hand, you can also make matching facemasks for you and your family or friends.


4. Blanket

We know it’s hard to let go of some clothes because they have some sentimental value.

If you can’t let them go, then maybe you’d like to turn them into a blanket instead. It’s like a hug from everyone those shirts and sweaters came from!


5. Pillow Case

Now, a blanket might be too big to make. You may not have that many shirts to work with, or it might simply be too big of a project. In that case, you might want to turn those old clothes into a pillowcase instead.

This option is great if you want to preserve your old clothes, but you’re not that great at this kind of crafts. Making a pillowcase is a good place to start, and hey, if it proves to be easy, then you can make a few more or decide to take on the blanket project.


6. Accessories

Clothes Repurpose Ideas

If you’ve decided to make one of the previous suggestions, you would probably have some spare pieces. You can turn these scraps into little accessories to decorate your other clothes or even your newly made pieces.

On the other hand, you can make a few larger accessories from a few garments. You can make headbands and scarves as an example.


7. Mug Warmers

You might have seen one or two pictures of mug warmers. They’re really cozy and neat. Not only will they add some aesthetics to your morning coffee, but they will also stop your hands from getting scorched. It could also make for a great gift when the season for hot chocolate rolls in.


8. Stuffed Toys

Stuffed Toys

You can also turn your old clothes into stuffed toys. This one is also a great idea if you’re dealing with clothes that have some sentimental value. You can turn them into tiny stuffed toys or one big stuffed toy if you want.

You can even make a few stuffed toys from the really worn-out ones and give them to kids you think would appreciate them.


9. Pet Clothes

We recently showed you a few DIY dog clothes that you can make for your pup. If you’ve seen it, then you would have noticed that a lot of those DIYs used old clothes. So, if you have a furbaby or a few furbabies on your hands, then you might want to turn your old clothes into pet clothes!


10. Rag


Finally, you can also turn the really worn-out ones into rags. If you’ve seen some of our past discussions, you’d see that old rags could come in handy for some projects. It would be a good idea to have a few ready for when you need them.


What to do with old clothes? Well, now you have 12 things to choose from.

Old clothes could pose a problem when they become way too many, and you’re in need of space. However, as you’ve seen today, they don’t have to be. Whether you want to keep them or give them away, there is something you can do with them.

If you have any other concerns like this one, feel free to check out our past discussions. We’ll see you there!


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