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Old 04-26-2012, 06:18 PM
Drain Bead Drain Bead is offline
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Donating very lightly used bras -- yea or nay?

Help settle an argument between me and my husband. I will not say who is taking which side of this debate so as not to influence it in any way.

We are getting together a donation pile for Goodwill. I have a bunch of bras that I got for my post-op period from a breast reduction--worn after everything healed but before I could wear regular bras again. Most of them are sleep or sports bras but a few are regular bras that just don't have underwires. I've worn them all only a handful of times. Some have been washed but never worn.

Can I donate them to Goodwill, or is that just nasty?
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:20 PM
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Once something's washed, it's...well, it's washed. Bras are expensive, second hand ones are NOT a bad idea. And if you do donate, somebody will buy them, and be glad they didn't have to pay 40 bucks for it, so...yeah. Donate.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:22 PM
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If they're well-washed and don't look dingy (greyish) or pit-stained, stretched-out, pilled or otherwise "used" then I'd say donate as well.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:23 PM
Alice The Goon Alice The Goon is offline
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Yes, donate. If people can donate used underwear and bathing suits, and they do, then you can donate used bras. New bras are expensive.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:28 PM
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Yes, donate them if they are in good shape--if you wouldn't be embarrassed to give one to a personal friend, for example.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:28 PM
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I'd donate them, but the other question is if you do so what will you sleep in? Gravity (I've come to realize ruefully) doesn't shut off when you're asleep.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:41 PM
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I'd call Goodwill and ask. I've read somewhere that underwear is the least likely to be bought, so a quick phone call should settle it.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:51 PM
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I can't stand to wear bras when I sleep. I only had them because I was not allowed to go braless for a couple of months.
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:31 PM
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The thrift shop I donate my stuff to carries bras. If they're in good condition, as you indicate, absolutely you can donate them.

-D/a
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:40 PM
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Another vote for donate, since they're in good shape. I've donated bras (only worn /washed once or twice) and no problem.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:16 PM
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I say donate. If your local Goodwill doesn't deal in intimate apparel, contact your local women's shelter. Ours gives them away free to women in need.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:25 PM
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If they're in good shape, donate (but probably a good idea to ask if they take them first). After I lost 75 pounds, I donated two very nice and gently worn Lane Bryant bras. I hope someone was able to use them, because by then I could have fit (ahem) two girls in one cup.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:59 PM
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This may come as a surprise, but many of the larger charities can accept unusable clothes and sell them to textile recyclers. The Salvation Army accepts unusable clothing nationally for recycling. Local Goodwill Chapters often accept unusable clothing for recycling. Other local charities may or may not want to accept unusable clothing.

So don't presume that it's not useful even if it is old and torn. It's a good idea to ask first, but many charities can even benefit from it.

The same does not apply to other kinds of unusable household goods. There may be some charity somewhere that wants your broken couch or refrigerator, but to most charities they would be a burden.

Here is an article about recycling old clothing. It suggests that you bag unusable clothing separately to help the organization you are donating to (if they accept unusable clothing).

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Old 04-27-2012, 01:23 AM
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The Goodwill I work at will take used bras. As mentioned above, even if they don't get put out on the sales floor, we will salvage them. If they are in good shape and not stained or anything, they usually get sold.
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:36 AM
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Aside from whether or not charities WILL take them, in other words, addressing the "squick" factor of used bras -- bras aren't really any different from shirts, IMO. Would whoever is against it have anything against a guy donating his shirt? It's not like you pee and menstruate out of the left nipple and poop out the right (which is usually the source of the squick factor about underwear or panties), unless you're lactating pretty much the only thing getting on the bra are the same things liable to get on a guy's shirt. Of course, this means follow the same rules as donating a shirt (no significant discoloration from sweat, etc), but fundamentally there's nothing even remotely gross about it compared to any other type of used clothing.
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:18 AM
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Absolutely fine to donate. If you're self-conscious about it, just stuff them into the bottom of a trash bag and fill it up with donatable non-underclothes. They'll take the whole bag and won't see the bras until you're long gone

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Old 04-27-2012, 02:43 AM
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Another vote for donate - Oxfam, one of the largest charity shops here in the UK actually has a specific call out asking for used bras at the moment!
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:49 AM
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Another vote for donate. Bras (particularly nice bras) can get really expensive, and a well-fitting bra makes every other part of your world more cheerful (spoken as a woman who's worn a lot of ill-fitting bras). Your secondhand bra will probably make someone's day.
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:45 AM
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Oxfam in the UK are currently running a campaign for bra donations: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/donate/shops/bra-hunt_hunt.html

Might be worth seeing if there's anything similar where you are?
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:54 AM
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Looks like this question is resolved, but now we have to know -- Drain Bead, which of you took the "okay to donate" position?
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:53 PM
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Donate.

Washing either gets things clean, or it doesn't. Even bras.

Second hand bras are a good way to try out other styles to see if you'll like them, before buying. For people who are changing weights it's also good. Bras are not cheap, as you've no doubt noticed.

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Old 04-27-2012, 01:57 PM
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If people can donate used underwear
They can?!? Do thrift stores actually accept used skivvies?
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:49 PM
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Donate for a good cause

This organization gives donated bras to
schools
homeless shelters
job-readiness programs
domestic violence shelters
residential facilities for recovering addicts
Native American communities
communities in Kenya, Mali and Zimbabwe
many other organizations and social services professionals who serve women
http://www.support1000.org/
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:03 AM
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Definitely donate.


I'm more interested in whether or not it's Drain Bead or her husband that is anti-donation. I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that Drain Bead is the one who hesitates to donate them (although if I went by how she wrote the OP, I'd say she's the one that's pro).

I just can't see a guy getting squicked out or really having an opinion about donated bras, is why.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:37 AM
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They can?!? Do thrift stores actually accept used skivvies?
Yes, they do. Count your blessings if you can afford to splurge on brand new underwear!
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:57 AM
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I occasionally visit a Goodwill in a very upscale neighborhood. The lingerie rack is always full of very fancy bras in new or almost-new condition, and they are in great demand.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:05 AM
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Yes, they do. Count your blessings if you can afford to splurge on brand new underwear!
Done - blessings duly counted.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:24 AM
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Donate. Goodwill will accept them. If you or anyone else in the Washington, D.C. area and would like to donate to my organization (501(c)(3)) non-profit. We would be happy to pass on whatever items you do not need and provide you with a tax receipt! Many thanks!



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Help settle an argument between me and my husband. I will not say who is taking which side of this debate so as not to influence it in any way.

We are getting together a donation pile for Goodwill. I have a bunch of bras that I got for my post-op period from a breast reduction--worn after everything healed but before I could wear regular bras again. Most of them are sleep or sports bras but a few are regular bras that just don't have underwires. I've worn them all only a handful of times. Some have been washed but never worn.

Can I donate them to Goodwill, or is that just nasty?
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