31 October 2020

Throughout lockdown, a lot of people have taken their extra time to have a good old sort through all their things and get rid of anything they no longer need. I find having a clear-out to be so therapeutic and relaxing and it gives me a little bit more focus in my life. You know what they say, tidy house, tidy mind and all that.

The issue was that I had so much that I wanted to donate to YMCA Doncaster for their charity shop, but they had stopped taking donations in order to be Covid safe. This meant I’d spent weeks sorting through bags and bags of things for it to just sit, looking rather sad, in my hallway.

That’s when I came across Thrift+. It acts as a middle man between you getting rid of your stuff and a charity selling your stuff to fundraise. It only accepts upper-end high street brands like Zara and Topshop, so anything I had lying around from the likes of Primark I’ve kept hold of for now. But it also accepts premium brands and designer brands and accepts clothes, bags, shoes, belts, sunglasses, and hats, etc.

Luckily most of the things I’d decided to donate fit these criteria, so I made a Thrift+ account, it asked which charity I’d like to support so I just searched YMCA Doncaster, and there it was!

I then clicked the little red ‘Donate+’ button in the top right-hand corner of the screen. It double-checked my chosen charity was YMCA Doncaster, asked whether I was donating, high-street, premium, or designer brands. It then asked for my address so they could send me a free Thrift+ bag to pop my unwanted items in to.

Each bag has a specific number on it, once I’d filled and sealed the bag I went back on to the website and clicked the ‘Return my Thriftbag button’. I just entered the bag number and it gave me a digital code that I could scan at my nearest Collect+ site for free postage.

The website then sold my items- Simple! I chose to give my 33% cut as an extra donation so YMCA Doncaster received 66% of what my items sold for.

Honestly I am so glad I came across Thrift+, not just because it meant I could move the bags out of my hallway… But because it was so straight forward (if I can do it you definitely can haha!). It meant I could still have a clear out, and still sell my clothes to raise money for a charity close to my heart even with Covid restrictions. Win win I say!

To sign up to Thrift+ click here!

Thank you for your continued support.