Please allow approximately 15 minutes so that our staff can check to make sure your donation consists of only items we have the capacity to take, is clean, dry and free from any risks of pests. And know that we appreciate you thinking of us and that you are working to extend the life of your garments for the sake of our planet. Thank you!
- Feminine and masculine clothing in wearable condtion and/or in need of minor mending (ex: missing buttons, small tears, hemming ok!)
- Natural content garments in upcycle-able condition (ex: shrunken wool sweaters, linen, silk, wool, cashmere, and leather garments that could be used to make new things!)
- Outdoor wear, hats, scarves, gloves, socks, handbags, wallets, backpacks and bags
- Homemade clothing (even unfinished projects as long as it comes along with materials and patterns needed for someone else to finish!)
- Swimsuits and athletic wear
Our customers especially love garments made from natural content fiber. Linen, wool, silk, vintage and uniquely made items!
Clothing that we CANNOT accept:
- Garments that are not in usable, wearable condition or cannot be fixed with minimal mending
- Bottom undergarments unless brand new (bras and binders ok!)
- Clothing that can only be used for scrap material
- Garments with moth or other pest damage and exposure
- Vintage lace and linens
- Table linens, curtains and drapery
- Handmade quilts (unfinished pieces and quilt tops as well!)
- Wool blankets
- Bright and dark colored sheets (ok if not entire set)
- Duvet covers
- Pillow cases
Home Goods we CANNOT accept:
- Items that are wet, soiled, stained or damaged beyond minor mending
- Old bed pillows and forms that are only good for their batting (idea: save it to make a bed for your pet!)
Fiber Arts Supplies
- Fabric greater than 1ft. x 1ft.
- Yarn, thread, embroidery floss, webbing, elastic, velcro etc.
- Functioning sewing machines, sergers, looms etc.
- Sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and weaving supplies, tools and notions
- Pillow forms and polyfill
- Patches, mending supplies, fabric surface design and dye
Fiber Arts Supplies we CANNOT accept:
- Fabric scraps smaller than 1ft. x 1 ft.
- Sewing machines that don’t work or work poorly
Thank you for reading our donation guide. We appreciate that you have thought of us and that you are thinking of ways to keep textiles out of the landfill! Items that we cannot use, upcycle or sell are passed along to our non-profit partners for further diversion.
Being a small non-profit Ragfinery does not have the capacity to recycle textiles, our world at large has a tremendous textile waste problem that there are not enough recycling options for. We challenge our customers and community to mend, make do and buy used whenever possible! And to do what you can to hold these major polluters accountable for their excessive waste.
Other businesses in the area accepting textile donations (please refer to their websites for donation restrictions)
Nonprofits: Goodwill, WeCare, YWCA Back to Work Boutique
Other: Value Village, USAgain, H&M, Nike (Burlington)
You can help support us in our mission to divert textile waste from the landfill, provide job skills training and development, to offer affordable fiber arts supplies, and support workshops centered on creative reuse by donating directly to Ragfinery. Your support helps us sustain this “jobs from waste” business model. Thank you!