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HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO DISPOSE OF USED CLOTHING

I could have guessed. Now my neighbor wants to know what to do with the "out" box she filled with unwanted clothing a few weeks ago. She's got to act fast or the old clothes will end up right back in her closet. I suggest she dispose of them in the following fashion:

-Work clothes: Save a few casual clothes and jeans with enough life left in them for yard work, heavy cleaning or painting projects, but don't leave them in your closet. Put them in a box and label it "Work Clothes." Then store them in a utility closet until they're needed.-Copy: If you really can't bear to give up an all-time favorite that still looks fashionably up to date, make plans to cut apart and copy the pattern pieces. Then use them to make a brand new garment.

-Heirloom quality: If you have an extraordinary garment typical of the time, it deserves to be stored away with respect. Consider giving collector's items to a museum or to a college historic clothing collection for safe keeping. Something less valuable could be great for costume parties a few years from now. Half the young girls in my neighborhood have worn my old high school skirts to their "Daddy-Daughter Dinner" parties.

-Giveaways: These are good clothes you think might be appreciated by family or friends. The item may not be "you," but may look terrific on someone else. First choice goes to any friend who helped you decide what to toss.

-Swap session: A creative solution is a clothes-swapping party. Plan to invite a group of friends and ask them to bring only their best castoffs. It can be great fun. You might even find something you like for yourself.

-Sell: Consider selling usable items at an office, garage or yard sale, either by yourself or with others. This takes work and you won't make a lot of money, but you'll make some and the clothes will be gone.

-Resell: If you're not a sales person at heart, take nice-looking, usable clothes to a resale or consignment shop. Clothes should be in good repair, clean and pressed. You split the profit with the shopowner - usually 50 percent of the resale price - who sends you a check when the item is sold. It's smart to call ahead to make arrangements and make sure the shop takes what you have to offer.

-Reuse: Remove really good-looking buttons, lace or trims worth saving to reuse at a later date. Clothes made of fabric that is still in good condition can be cleaned, taken apart at the seams, the fabric pressed flat and stored to remake into something new.

-Children's dress-up: Kids have great fun dressing up in old clothes. If you don't have children of your own, nieces and nephews or the neighbor's kids will love what you have to spare.

-Rags: Soft absorbent fabrics make good dust clothes and car rags.

-Donate: What's left in the "out" box goes to a charitable organization of your choice - Good Will, Salvation Army, Deseret Industries, etc. - to a church or school rummage sale. Some organizations even pick up your discard items. Don't worry about the fate of these rejects. Even if they go for rags, it provides someone else with a job and gets the clothes out of your closet - and after all, that's the purpose of this whole project. Be sure to estimate or ask your dry cleaner to determine the current value of your donated clothes. Their value is tax deductible. Ask the charity organization for an itemized receipt and file it with your tax records.