Cleaning Your Closet? What To Do With The Looks You're Losing

01/31/2007 at 03:17 PM ET

Not all your clothes from last year — or even last season — can safely translate into the coming one. So what are you suppose to do with all the leftovers that will never come back in style (think head scarves, skulls and crochet)? Before you begin tossing them in the bin, consider all your options. Featured in PEOPLE’s StyleWatch Febraury issue, our editors found four alternatives to parting with everything you are over:

1. Donate Them: Organizations like and the Salvation Army will take donations of almost everything. Give your old work clothes to Dress For Success, which collects business clothes for low-income women. And for prom gowns that will never be worn again check out the Glass Slipper Project.

2. Consign Them: For items that are clean and in good condition visit a local shop where you can make 40 to 60 percent of a sale if your item is bought.

3. EBAY Them: style director, Constance White, says to attract buyers “photograph the back and front of your item on a body or form; be sure the photo is well lit and against a plain, light-colored background. Always state if the item is new or used, the brand and size. Finally, note any damage, no matter how small.”

4. Swap Them: Organize your own swap group among friends or check out where you can trade with women around the world.

Photo:Dave Allocca/startraks

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rachel b. on

good tips and every year i go through my closet (spring cleaning) and give what i don’t wear to the goodwill and the tourn or faded clothes i dump in the trash.

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