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How to get Free Clothes
Free Means You Can't be Fussy!
Clothes are great, they can make us feel fashionable and they serve a very practical purpose of not being naked in public. But clothes are so expensive and even a lot of budget clothes are more expensive than they really should be.
But there are a few ways to get free clothes, you won't be able to pick and choose, you will have to take what you can get, but hey, you're getting some free clothes!
Believe it or not, but some manufacturers actually give free clothes away! I have managed to score two hats, three shirts, two scarves and even a pair of jeans over the years! They are all very promotional and often have logos on them, but they have served their purpose as sleep shirts, decorating shirts etc. All you have to do is fill in your details and the companies will send you the clothes. You might want to use a separate email account because you could get a bit bombarded with spam.
Look at free sample sites in your country to find out more.
Some very generous people donate their old clothes and shoes to others via free websites like Freely, Freegle and Facebook sites. I once got twelve pairs of shoes from a woman who had lost so much weight that her feet had got thinner! I didn't even know that could happen. But I have fairly wide feet so they fitted me really well and they didn't cost me a penny.
Sign up to free sites in your local area and keep an eye out for people giving away clothes in your size.
How much do you spend on clothes per month?
Another place where people list free clothes they no longer want. Always take the proper safety precautions when collecting something from someone, take someone with you and never go into the house alone. This applies no matter what website it is, not just Craigslist.
Repurpose Your old Clothes
Don't throw your old clothes away because they're a little past it, you can easily revive them with minimum effort. Adopt the war time ways of "make do and mend"
Learning how to sew can mean that you stop throwing clothes away, some people throw the whole shirt away if a button comes off! Sewing it back on will take about 3 minutes and you will save yourself the price of a new shirt.
Dye faded clothes a new colour to give them a bit longer, this isn't free, as you have to buy the dye, but you save yourself having to buy new clothes.
Upcycling your clothes is another great way to get clothes that are like new for free. Turning your clothes into something new is easy and there are millions of videos and tutorials on how to do it. Just Google what item you have then watch and learn.
If you have clothes that you want to get rid of, see if anyone wants to swap them with their clothes, this is becoming more and more popular and it is a great way to get a new wardrobe for free!
Hand Me Downs
If you know anyone that is throwing clothes away, ask them to give the clothes to you, they would be throwing them out anyway so you're rescuing them from the landfill.
Sadly, this only works if you have friends or family that are the same size as you.
Companies are often giving away free baby clothes, you will need to pay postage, but the clothes themselves are free. Follow a lot of baby based pages on Facebook and keep an eye out for promotions.
A lot of people also very generously give baby clothes away on Facebook sites and Freecycle because they know how expensive raising a baby can be. Check these sites regularly, always turn up on time and be polite, someone is giving you something for free.
You Really Can Get Free Clothes
Free clothes are never going to be high end or this season, but they can really help you out if you are in need. Try some of these methods and you will score some free clothes and save yourself some money.