A faded blouse from your first job. A pair of jeans two sizes too small — we all have clothes that have been jammed in dressers and long-forgotten. Now that spring is in full bloom, consider giving them a new purpose in addition to supporting local businesses and the planet. According to the state’s 2014 Solid Waste Characterization Study, Marin County residents dispose of 5.5% of textile waste each year. Although that number alone seems small, think about the other 95% and the new clothes you’ll purchase throughout the year. Gutting your closet is no easy task, so we’ve compiled a list of places that will help ease the stress of cleaning and guide you towards more sustainable choices.
Sell, Donate, Recycle, & Shop Sustainably Local
Marine Layer’s Re-Spun Tee Recycling Program
Got a pile of old, unwanted tees? Consider sending them to Marine Layer or dropping them off at their store at the Marin Country Mart and earn $5 store credit per tee.
2023 Spring City Wide Yard Sale
The Sausalito City Wide Sale is a great place to sell your clothes and other items that you need to get rid of during spring cleaning. You can also shop for used goods and support your neighbors.
Marin Outdoor Trading Co
You can find a wide selection of high-quality gear here. Also, when it’s off-season, you can trade in your used gear to give them a second chance.
Patagonia Worn Wear Trade-In Program
Trade in your pre-loved Patagonia items that you no longer want and get store credit via their Worn Wear program.
Madewell Denim Recycling Program
Drop off your old pairs of blue jeans at your local Madewell and they will turn them into housing insulation. With your help, you’ll earn $20 off a brand-new pair of Madewell jeans.
Locally-owned and -operated, Swan Dive is an upscale consignment boutique that offers high-end day and evening wear, handbags, shoes, accessories and jewelry. Swan Dive was voted best consignment store by Marin Magazine in 2016.
Stella’s Fine Consignment
Stella’s has been located in San Anselmo and offering quality for over 20 years. It offers a 50/50 split with the consignor once your item sells — if your item doesn’t sell within 60 days, Stella’s will contact you before donating. Stella’s was voted best consignment store by Marin Magazine in 2021.
Tiburon Thrift Shop and Boutique
Lower your carbon footprint and support the recycling of clothing and other gently used items at this local shop in Tiburon.
West Marin Community Thrift
Shop for or donate gently used clothing or items at West Marin Community Thrift. Recycled goods and 100% of the profits go right into community programs to support emergency needs and scholarships.
Goodwill & Donation Center
- San Rafael
- Mill Valley
- Ross Valley Charter School
- San Domenico School
- Mary E. Silveira Elementary
- 76 Station/Circle K in Tiburon
Swap, Exchange & Buy Nothing Online
If you have multiple bags of unwanted clothes consider posting them online and having someone take them off your hands.