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Recycle, Resale, Reuse

Nov 05, 2012 10:46AM

We are avid recyclers at our house, but I recently realized that I could be better about recycling our clothes. Sounds odd, I know, but we all have a mountain of clothing we do not wear, and what’s the point of that? Autumn is a good time to go through closets and get rid of things you don’t need, and perhaps those clothes will help out someone else.

I dropped a large bag of clothing off at New To You, the Barnabas Center’s thrift shop. They are always happy to receive clothing and household goods, the sale of which benefits many in the community. While there, I bought a cute handmade sweater for only $1.75! They were having a half price sale that day.

I stopped in to see Marie DeSoto at the Frugal Cachet, who recently moved her thrift shop downtown, to Third Street. I found a beautiful, designer linen blouse for $15.  Marie says, “These days people want high quality clothing that has been worn little, at bargain basement prices.” Her consignment shop caters to many different people and also has some vintage and unique glassware and a fabulous selection of purses.

I also went over to Fifi’s Fine Resale on Eighth Street, famous for their $5 rack. They have expanded and I was impressed with their selection of accessories, along with their wonderful clothing. There I scored a cuff bracelet for $5, plus a goodie bag, since they were celebrating their expansion. And I love the gals at Fifi’s – they are so helpful and full of fun.

So I recycled some clothes, and helped others recycle theirs. And got some bargains and spent only around $20.

For more information on donating to Barnabas, visit For great deals on slightly worn fine fashions, visit or www.fifisameliisland.comor visit them in their stores.