• Salvation Army gives away back-to-school outfits for children whose families can't afford to purchase new clothing. According to an article in the Citizen Times, "Parents/guardians may receive one clothing outfit (up to three garments) for each child age 12 and under. The Salvation Army has been gathering and sorting children’s clothing since June to get ready for this and are eager to help as the back-to-school season arrives." Donations for the program are accepted at 1076 Patton Ave., West Asheville; 2247 Hendersonville Road, Arden; 204 Haywood St., Asheville. Outfits can be picked up at the Patton Ave. and Hendersonville Rd. locations.
• The First United Methodist Church supplies clothing to those in need. According to the Citizen Times, "A free community lunch will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Wednesday at The Haywood Street Congregation, 297 Haywood St. During those same hours, a clothes closet will be open to men and women in need of free clothing and shoes." Info: Jill Gottenstrater, 337-4944.
• Find free stuff on Twitter: Free_asheville runs listings of everything from furniture and fill dirt to apparel. Recent tweet: "Free baby clothes" and "Free Ladies Clothing - Size 2-4: Cleaned out my closet." The listings are a feed from Craigslist (just look closely because many seem to come come from areas outside of Asheville as well).
• Check the free section for the Asheville area on Craigslist: "bag of ladies shoes. sizes from 6 to 7.5."
• Clothing swaps are get-together, usually in someone's home, where everyone brings clothing they no longer want and takes home new-to-them pieces. The host of the swap usually donates all the left-overs to a charity l=such as Goodwill. Find a clothing swap on Meetup.com.
• Yard sales are a boon for low-cost, new-to-you clothing. Find upcoming yard and garage sales here.
Save some cash:
• N.C.'s Sales Tax Holiday runs Friday, Aug. 6-Sunday, Aug. 8. The specifics are: "Clothing, footwear, and school supplies of $100 or less per item; school instructional materials of $300 or less per item; sports and recreational equipment of $50 or less per item; computers of $3,500 or less per item; and computer supplies of $250 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax." Read more here. Many stores are holding concurrent sales. REI writes, "Items included in this tax free sale are: clothing, footwear and school backpacks $100 or less, per item."
• Shop consignment stores like Miss B's Consignment Shop, Lulu's Consignment Boutique, Second Gear, The Enchanted Forest, Christine's and Phase II Fashions where you can trade in gently worn clothing toward new-to-you items.
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