By ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times
There are many reasons for people to donate their old clothes – they’ve outgrown certain items, certain clothes might not get worn very often or they feel the need to clean out their closets.
There are a few thrift stores in Liberal that citizens have the option of donating to, including The Classy Rack, Et Cetera Shop and Thrift Store.
Peggy Lloyd, manager of The Classy Rack at 218 S. Kansas Ave., said donating clothes to a thrift store is better than simply throwing them away.
“When you toss an item into the trash, you’re filling the landfills – things can be re-used. We take good, used clothing and sell it for a price low enough so even the poorer people can afford it,” Lloyd said. “But if all this were going into the trash, there wouldn’t be that outlet.”
The Classy Rack takes some of everything, except for used mattresses and jewelry items. which Lloyd said the store has no way to deal with.
Maria Ramirez, owner of Thrift Store at 112 W. 2nd Street, said she also sees many benefits in donating clothing, including helping members of the community.
“When somebody brings in donations, I go through it and all the clothes that come in, they hang up. After they bring them in, I say ‘thank you’ to them,” Ramirez said. “Sometimes they want to help service other people or maybe they just say ‘I don’t want it, I don’t care what happens to it.’”
Lloyd said she has seen more donations come in during the summer, when kids are home from school and summer clothes are being brought out.
“You’re starting to get out their summer clothes and saying ‘these things don’t fit’ and ‘those clothes you wore last year don’t fit you anymore, child, we’re giving them away,’” Lloyd said.
While these stores mainly focus on clothing, they also accept other items – Thrift Store accepts musical instruments and appliances and The Classy Rack is currently having a Christmas in July sale. Both stores also expressed thanks to those who have donated to their stores.
“I would like to say thank you so much for all the people who have come and given me donations,” Ramirez said. “I’m happy when people come in and look for something and end up buying it, too. They are happy with this store.”