Out of the Closet Thrift Stores may be the most famous thrift "chain" store in the World. Not only are their ads pushing items donations super sexy, they even have a Hall of Fame page on their website (celebrities who have donated their unused wares to their cause).
The chain includes dozens of well-run locations around its headquarters here in Southern California (Los Angeles), Northern California (San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley) and the State of Florida (Miami, South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale).
Many of their locations offer confidential, free HIV testing and proceeds benefit AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest specialized provider of cutting-edge medicine and advocacy regardless of ability to pay. That attracts a lot of passionate givers.
Celebs who donate:
Renowned for donations made by today's most popular celebrities and major television and film studio production houses, droppers off of gently used items include Elizabeth Taylor, Ron Howard, Bruce Willis, Ellen Degeneres, Carol Burnett, Richard Gere, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, and Elvira (Mistress of the Dark).
Out of the Closet is one of our favorite charties and we've mentioned them on this blog through case studies and a story about Kate Olsen donating her clothes to the West Hollywood location. They've even been nominated for several Los Angeles Organizing Awards in the "Most Supportive Organizer-Friendly" category.
We encourage our organizing clients to pick a thrift store charity for the year, and use that relationship to feel good about their giving. So why not develop an sense of organiziation with heart?
There are a lot of choices for your donations, pick the charity that you identify with for religious, social, or political reasons. Items should be in clean and saleable condition. Depending on individual policies, some items are subject to refusal. If you drop off junk, they may have to throw it away, and your "good deed" becomes an unnecessary expense to the charity management.
Share your charity:
What is your thrift store charity for 2012? Share your charity with your friends. And, why not post a link to their website, below. What tips do you have for thrift store donations?
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