Decluttering: Reusing, Repurposing, and Recyling
- We have 4 textile recycling bins here at MC SQUARE. They belong to Ecosmith Recyclers. Pete and Sue Shellenberger started Ecosmith in 1991, to do their part to keep clothing, shoes and textiles out of the landfill. They are local, down-to-Earth and honest folks who are getting these items to places where they will be used. Yes, they send our unwanted clothing to places with similar climates, to reduce the risk of sending goods that will end up in over-seas landfills.
- Prefer to bring your textiles to Goodwill or Savers? That's fine. These companies are not "bad." (They are a little misleading, in that they are for-profit businesses, not charitable organizations.) Yes, some of your items will get sold locally, which is good for providing low-cost clothing to those who need it in our community. Most of the clothes that you bring to these places go overseas, just like the clothing you place in donation bins. This is not necessarily bad, either.
- Note: Regardless of which textile recycler you choose, if your garments are not clean and thoroughly dry, they will end up in a landfill.
- There are other ways to recycle your garments. Two are listed in the chart. If you find others, pass their contact info along to me. I'll be happy to add to this resource page.
- We have a bin in our shop where you can donate T shirts to be made in to Boomerang Bags by some folks involved in The Beaver Brook Association.
- There are 4 women who upcycle clothing and sell it here at M&C. Perhaps you'd like to see your items get used in a creative way? They collect some cool, graphic tees (band and pop culture,) denim jackets, flannel shirts, fabric, and sweaters that are 100% wool. These crafty women can work around stains and tears, so this is a perfect place for the good quality pieces that are damaged. They will pay a nominal amount of money for your items and we will donate that money to a charity.
- You'll find soooo many creative mending ideas on the Internet. Maybe this will inspire you to mend your clothes, or maybe this is a cool business idea for a local crafty person.
- Is it missing a button? Move the top button to where the button is missing, then replace the top button with a different button creating a unique style.
- Don't know how to hem? There is YouTube or plenty of Tailors who do. ;)
- Stain removal ideas abound on the Internet. :)
- When deciding to donate usable clothing and textiles to local charity organizations, consider that the populations they serve may not have resources to mend, fix zippers or even sew on buttons. If you do have the time and skills, please repair before donating.
- If you just don't wear it for whatever reason, but it's in great shape and in style. Consider the quality. Is it worth consigning? Consignment is a labor-intensive business in which garments must sell for a minimum of $8-10 or the cost outweighs the profit.
- If you have several items that had a retail price of $20 or less, can you sell them as a bundle on a local social media marketplace?
- If it's good and clean, but not worth your time to sell, consider donating to a clothing closet or thrift store. Local clothing and thrift stores include: St Patrick's Share, Lucky Dog Thrift Shop, The Grey Nuns Thrift Shop, The Pass Along Project and the Pilgrim Church Thrift Shop. Please call them to ask what they can accept and when. Please feel free to send me your favorite local thrift stores. I'll be happy to include them here.*
- The Humane Society of Greater Nashua will often take blankets and towels for bedding.*
- We do not have the expertise to consign downhill skis, snowboards or bicycles, but Susan Douglas does! Her large inventory is located here in Amherst. Call Susan at 566-1631 to sell or buy by appointment.
- Got bikes that are good but need repair? Our friend, John Burkitt, of Let's Put People on Bikes, will repair your used bicycles and donate them to families who can't afford to buy bikes, or those in need of a bicycle for transportation.
You may have noticed that we deleted our "No Thank You Brands" list from the website. We were finding it impossible to keep up with editing it. Here is a much simpler way to help you know what to bring: We cannot accept things that had a retail price of less than $20, because it would cost more to process them than we would make on them, after giving a percentage to you. :) Ahh... Why didn't we think of that sooner?
Please do not bring items with the intent of asking us to help you find and take-back what does not sell (exception: designer/high-end items.) Our pricing includes the cost of entering your items into our system, tagging, hanging, displaying, selling them, and passing unsold items on to places where they will have a new life. Helping you find items that did not sell, requires manpower that cancels out any profit, and distracts us from customer service. Clear your closet and your mind, by letting go. :)
Estimated M&C Consignment Schedule
Please CALL TO CONFIRM. 603 886 6726
- Jan/Feb Spring/Summer
- Mar/Apr/May Summer
- Jun Call ahead
- Jul/Aug Fall/school/Halloween
- Sep/Oct Winter/Snow Gear/Holiday
- Nov Winter/snow gear
- Dec Call ahead