Graduations, first communions, weddings, and prom—it’s the time of year for those special celebrations.
But what to do with all the special occasion dresses and suits that you (or your kids) no longer wear? It’s time to de-clutter your closet and regain that space.
Here’s how you can get rid of your unwanted formal wear:
- Donate your gently-used prom dresses to Anton’s Cleaners or Jordan’s Furniture stores for their Belle of the Ball program. Prom dresses can also go to the Northshore Fairy Godmother Project (various drop off areas) or the Priceless Prom Gown Project in Lawrence, MA. These organizations also take special occasion handbags and jewelry.
- Bring your women’s suits, jackets, blouses, handbags, and shoes to Dress for Success in Boston. This great organization helps outfit disadvantaged women with professional attire for job interviews. Other organizations that will take your suits include Second Chances in Somerville and Solutions at Work in Cambridge. You can also consign items at Evolving Closet in Waltham.
- Have a wedding dress to get rid of? Wedding dresses can be consigned at Clever Bride Consignment in Holliston. You can also donate dresses via mail to Brides Against Cancer or Brides for a Cause. Check the websites as these organizations may only accept more recent wedding gowns. Goodwill and local thrift stores may take wedding dresses too.
- What about men’s formal wear? Donate items to Solutions at Work or Goodwill. You can also consign newer pieces at Found in Somerville, Buffalo Exchange in Boston and Somerville, and at Evolving Closet in Waltham.
- For you kids consignments, try the Little Fox Shop and Pink Dolly in Arlington, Fancy Pants in Chestnut Hill, Growing Up in Belmont, and Liena’s in Winchester.
If you want to save that special outfit for years to come read how to preserve your clothes by guest contributor, Gabby Burgman, an archivist, professional organizer and busy mom.