Yes, of course we give our slightly used clothes to the thrift shops, but MY old clothes have had a very thorough life.
I only wear clothes that I love, and after many mendings they are eventually pronounced dead by a certain person who is really tired of looking at them, and mending them. And then I can’t even give them to the used clothing stores because surprise, no one wants clothes this raggedy. So I’ve had to throw them away! which feels like I’m throwing a dear friend into the trash. I can’t bear it. So Lindi has to do that for me too, at some tactfully chosen moment when I’m not watching.
But wait! I’ve just found out there’s a better fate for them! They can be made into fabulously useful RAGS! Then they can truly be used, down to their last gasping thread.
The place to take them here in Portland is the Pioneer Wiping Cloth Company at 10707 N.Lombard Street.
As to what they will accept: anything that can be made into a rag. Apply this test question: Is the item made of an absorbent fabric?
They don’t want your spandex. Or your underwear. Or your silk or nylon anything. And no socks.
They take cotton and knits, like T-shirts and sweats, in addition to sheets and towels and blankets. Knowledge of the exact fiber content isn’t necessary. They can tell by feel whether it would work as a rag or not.
Good to know that if I have to give up my clothes, at least they can serve my country as a batch of rags before their final demise.