It’s good to share

Yesterday, I came home from work to find that a friend had dropped off a giant bag of gently used clothing for my daughter. This is what I consider a win-win-win situation. For my friend, getting rid off her daughter’s too-small clothing is a relief; for my daughter, the experience is like hitting the lottery; for me, it’s a welcome way to save time, money, and the environment.

If you don’t know families who are right for this clothes-swapping ritual you can still get in on the action. Organizations like Zwaggle help families by “creating an online village of like-minded parents willing to share their gently used stuff and experiences.” You can also buy and sell pre-owned items at a consignment sale. For a list of upcoming sales in your area visit KidsConsignmentSales.com. Or, if you are up for the challenge of organizing your own clothing swap, read this how-to article from LifeOrganizers.com. If you have tips for recycling kids’ clothing, please share them through the comments section.

Kim McGrigg is the former Manager of Community and Media Relations for MMI.

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