Can't find a Charity Shop [What to do with old but still wearable clothes?]


#1

It might sound a bit silly but I can’t find a charity shop within walking distance (2 miles). I have a big heap of clothes which are a bit old but still perfectly wearable and undamaged. I’d love to give them to a charity shop. But the closest one seems to be the “Spitalfields Crypt Trust” shop, 589-591 Roman Road.

Any tips? Please let me know. Thanks!


#2

I use Traid, they pick up from your house.


#3

Yeah, I agree with @Falco about the lack of charity shops. We’ve also had to use Traid as they’ll come around and pick up your clothes.


#4

There are also clothing drop off points on the street. The ones I use are on Carpenters road near the pub and on Lauriston Road in Victoria Park. There is a lack of charity shops in this area for some odd reason. Not a new thing either, has been that way since I moved to Stratford in 2002.


#5

I’ve used Scope and Sense by Hackney Central (either side of the junction of Mare St and Morning Lane). Or there’s another Sense shop on Lea Bridge Road. I think they are all slightly over 2 miles. I was cycling though, there could be better/shorter routes by foot.


#6

I think people on the face book mentioned uniqlo/m&s/TKMax as shops that collect clothes for charity. Probably worth checking their websites or looking if you’re in Westfield anyway


#7

I thank you all very much.

My dilemma is that I’d like my clothes to be worn by someone - as they’re still in good condition. I had have heard about shops like H&M which take used clothes but there’s a concern (a conspiracy theory?) about those companies having an agenda to destroy the second-hand market, as well as the distribution of free clothing. I’m also worried about clothes being sold and shred and then recycled, as this is often a good source of income - which will hopefully go to charity and not mostly into salaries and the like. Well, well, well - it seems I’ll make my way to Roman Road with a huge suitcase one day…

Thanks again,
Falco


#8

Hi Falco
The shops that take clothes tend to have a link with a specific charity who will normally be clear on what happens to the clothes

All charities that collect clothes will shred some for rags - not everything is saleable, and at least that brings in a little bit of income and reduces landfill


#9

Hi @Falco, another option is the Mind headquarters in Stratford (15 to 19 Broadway) as they take items and you can register for gift aid. It isn’t a charity shop but they distribute to their stores as appropriate. Cheers.


#10

Hey, check out https://goneforgood.org.uk/ :slight_smile:


#11

Thanks everybody!


#12

Hi All,

There is a charity shop in Leyton High Road. Walking distance from drapers field about 5 mins. I have taken clothes there. You will see clothes hanging outside the shop…sorry haven’t noticed a name on the shop.


#13

What’s the nearest corner of this charity shop? Leyton High Road isn’t exactly short.


#14

Its the beginning of Leyton High Road…pass the mosque, then keep walking then there is a grocery shop and it is a few shops down. That is why I said it is 5 minutes.


#15

106 High Road Leyton.


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#17

Thanks!