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Old clothes for 'rags'?

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MisslayedMisslayed Forumite, Senior Ambassador
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I'm having a mega sort out of my clothes, pile for the charity shop growing, but there are also a lot (a LOT) of clothes I certainly wouldn't buy, I only need a couple of items for decorating/gardening! Many moons ago my mother helped out in our local Hospice shop, they had a 'rag man' who called every couple of weeks and gave them a small amount per kilo. But it took a huge amount of time to sort through the stuff which well meaning folk had donated because "they might get 5p for it". I think charity shops generally have upped their game these days, but does anyone know if the rag man still exists? I really don't want to send anything to landfill if I can avoid it. Or any other suggestions for environmentally friendly disposal?
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  • luvchocolateluvchocolate Forumite
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    Yes rag man definitely collecting from charity shop
    It would be Really helpful if you put in a separate bag and label  rags 
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    badmemorybadmemory Forumite
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    edited 25 October at 5:31PM
    What about cash 4 clothes?  Although the one near here has become very very fussy.
  • turnitroundturnitround Forumite
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    Im a charity shop volunteer and we do have a man who collects the rags weekly. As another poster said it is very helpful if they are in a separate bag and labelled as rags. We spend hours sorting through black bags and some people seem to use the charity shops as a way of saving themselves going to the tip, we get work clothing with paint/oil on, bedding which has been taken off but not washed and no end of baby clothes with sick (and worse) so anything that is labelled so we dont need to sort through is really appreciated.
  • MisslayedMisslayed Forumite, Senior Ambassador
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    Thanks @turnitround and @luvchocolate, that sounds like the answer. I didn't want to make them liable for charges to remove my rags. 
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  • Makingabobor2Makingabobor2 Forumite
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    Yes, I take mine to my local Age UK
    Making the debt go down and the savings go up, one day at a time.


    LBM 2015 - started DMP at £57K / Oct 2022 now £34,905
    Mortgage at Nov 1st 2022 £30,100

    Make £5 a day - Sept £65/£130; Oct £143.57/£155, Nov £182.33/£150
    December £46.65/155

    PADs towards debt for December - these are extra to the monthly DD's  
    £10 to Mortgage overpayments / Total overpayments for 2022 = £150
    £4 to DMP/debts pot to save for F&F settlements/ Total now £40

    EF #68 £90/1000
    Christmas 2023 #3  £22/365 (as I am saving for Christmas & birthdays in this, the total will fluctuate through the year)

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  • ch3shirecat4ch3shirecat4 Forumite
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    theres a local place near me which buys clothes no matter the condition per kg, you might be able to find one near you:)
  • GaleSF63GaleSF63 Forumite
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    What does the rag man do with the clothes/rags he collects?
  • suelizabsuelizab Forumite
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    they get turned into rags/cloths for industries ie car garages, plumbers etc
    not long for the pension: eek: ::eek:
  • lincroft1710lincroft1710 Forumite
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    badmemory said:
    What about cash 4 clothes?  Although the one near here has become very very fussy.
    As you say they are very fussy about what they take and the price they pay doesn't make it worthwhile regarding time effort and fuel unless yo have a car full
    If you are querying your Council Tax band would you please state whether you are in England, Scotland or Wales
  • KxMxKxMx Forumite
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    GaleSF63 said:
    What does the rag man do with the clothes/rags he collects?
    Speaking for the CS I donate mine too, they get recycled into fleece material for filling teddies/bedding or lining clothes. 
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