March 13, 2018

perks of being a wallflower

[ Jacket: J.Crew (similar) | Sweater: Jack Wills (also love this one) | Bag: Mango (similar) | Jeans: LOFT (similar) | Sneakers: TOMS (similar) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 ]

Photos taken in front of May Flowers mural by Juan de la Mora, located on the backside of Silent Funny

We were beyond productive on Sunday.  We rented a Maven for two hours and ran a bunch of errands around the city, most of which involved donating old clothes and housewares to various places.  I did a lot of research to make sure our donations were going to the best possible local services and not into landfills.  Here is where we donated:

 DenimMadewell will take your old jeans and turn them into housing insulation.  Bonus: they give you $20 per pair to be used on a new pair of jeans from them! 

Designer Clothes, Shoes, Accessories: I donated to threadUP for consignment and donation.  I signed up online and they send you a large prepaid USPS bag to ship your items in.  Anything they cannot sell, they will donate for you.

Used Clothing and Housewares: I decided to donate these items to a local Chicago charity, Brown Elephant.  All proceeds benefit LGBTQ health and fund care for the uninsured and under-insured at Howard Brown Health.

Unusable Shoes and Clothing: after the above donations, I still had a bunch of clothes and shoes left that were so used and abused, they would likely not be accepted by charity.  After a quick google search, I found a source called Chicago Textile Recycling, which will take your used items, grind them up and turn them into cleaning products.  You can donate at their facility (250 N. Mannheim Rd, Unit B in Hillside) or at one of SWALCO's donation bins.

I found other Chicagoland donation services here.

We finished off our productive day by driving out to Humbolt Park to find the above mural.  I had seen this mural on Instagram and from other bloggers and had to check it out.  It's such a fun colorful installation - much needed on these last few dreary weeks of winter.

xo, Annelise

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for all your research and these fabulous ideas on how to keep stuff out of landfills! Very enlightening! And very timely for Spring cleaning.
    I will share your post with all my friends and family!