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Place to donate business clothes?

I just cleaned out a closet and have three large garbage bags full of clothes to donate. These are mostly clothes that could be worn to work. When my mother died, we donated her clothes to a place that specialized in donations for women who needed good work clothes. (Actually, we did this when my Mom was in hospice, so she got to know about how delighted they were to receive her clothes. Really overjoyed!)

Anyway, is there a place in Austin like that? I looked at SafePlace, but their donation hours and their warehouse are awkward for me. Ideally, I'd like some place more central or slightly north.

I still have a couple more closets to clean out, and those clothes will probably go to Goodwill, because they are casual clothes, but these deserve a better home.

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ladydreamtime
Nov. 4th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
According to the site for the Dress for Success charity, there's an Austin affiliate om Tillery Street.
chrisloy
Nov. 4th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
2nded
Dress for Success is great for the more business-like attire.

Given the sharp rise of pries at Goodwill, I tend to suggest to folks that they take their casual donations down to ARCH if they can, especially since winter is coming up.

http://www.frontsteps.org/how/donate
woolygrrl
Nov. 4th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
SafePlace, but I no longer know how to make donations since they closed the resale shop on Airport.
karenkay
Nov. 4th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
See above: "I looked at SafePlace, but their donation hours and their warehouse are awkward for me. Ideally, I'd like some place more central or slightly north."
jinni_x
Nov. 4th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
For a large enough donation, I would think they'd come and pick it up?
foibled
Nov. 4th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
http://www.lisashopechest.org/index.htm

The store is fairly central (on Manor Road). You can find lots of info about the charity and how to donate on their website.
strangelet
Nov. 4th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
When I was in high school my mom used to work with abused women shelters, and they were always looking for business attire donations to give to the women when they embarked on looking for a job to stabilize their lives and get out of their abusive situations entirely and become self-sufficient. That was in Nebraska though, but I'd give a few local places a call.

Ah, I just Googled shelters in Austin and saw that SafePlace is a shelter. If there are any others, try calling them. Otherwise, do as a member above suggested and call them to see if maybe they'll come pick up the clothing or if you can arrange a day where someone can stay late/come early to fit your schedule so you can drop the clothes off. :)
metroskyline
Nov. 5th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
I go to UT and we got an email about this...

2. HBSA Presents...Dress for Success: Woman's Professional Clothing Drive

Donate women's interview clothes/accessories including: suits, separates, shoes and professional accessories.

When: November 8, 2007
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Donation Locations:
Atrium
Jester Center
SSB

Come donate women’s interview attire and help dress Austin’s future working women. Donations will go to Dress for Success Austin; a local clothes bank for women searching for work.


If you know where the SSB, Jester, or the Business school is on campus, you can always drop by on Thurs and drop your stuff off there.
sheenaqotj
Nov. 5th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
My choir, the Tapestry Singers, has been pooling donations for the Hope Alliance, which is a poorer cousin of Safeplace located in Williamson county. Safeplace gets a lot of donations since they're pretty well-known.

Anyway, if you want to donate to them, I will be happy to come pick things up when it's convenient for you. Alternatively, you could drop the donations off at our rehearsal which is on Monday nights from 7-9 at 41st & Guadalupe (details on location at tapestrysingers.org). You should come sing with us, too! :)

We can get you a donation receipt. For anyone else reading this, if you have unused hotel soaps and shampoos etc., those are also needed for the women, who often show up with absolutely nothing.

Otherwise, it sounds like there are a lot of great suggestions in the comments and whatever you choose will help someone out, so thank you for doing this!
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