It seems as if there used to be a stigma about using secondhand clothes. That stigma is completely gone, however.
In fact, many people sell their used clothes online. Others, meanwhile, are willing to part with them for not a single penny.
You can use this to your advantage, as free clothing is easily found on the Internet. Whether you need it to clothe your kids for school or to dress yourself for work, these three hacks will get you the no-cost clothing you need.
1. Solicit the help of your “Nextdoor” neighbors.
Nextdoor is a website/app that connects you with your community. While it’s great for staying connected, it’s also great for finding free stuff, including clothing.
To find free clothing via Nextdoor, do this:
- Create your account by entering your address and a few other details.
- Look through the classifieds section.
- Look for free items (which include many more things than just clothing).
- Claim what you need.
Nextdoor’s classifieds section can put you in touch with free items. But the site can also put you in touch with people near you for more important things.
For instance, maybe you’re new to town and need a babysitter. One of your Nextdoor neighbors can likely make a trusted recommendation.
Do you have a baby on the way? You may need free diapers, wipes, and other baby supplies. A Nextdoor neighbor could help here, too, putting you in touch with local charities.
In short, don’t just sign up with Nextdoor for the free clothing and other goodies. Sign up to take advantage of the benefits that come with connecting with your community.
If you’re having tough times, just one connection could make a world of difference.
2. Find free clothing via Facebook.
Yes, Facebook can keep you entertained by letting you chat with friends and watch silly videos. But it can also keep you outfitted with free clothing too, which is what we’ll focus on here.
To find free clothing on Facebook, you have two options:
- Go to the Facebook Marketplace. Search for free clothes or free clothing.
- Scour the results and claim what you’re looking for.
You can also look for free clothing via Facebook Groups. This method is a bit trickier, but it can work just as well:
- Do a search for Facebook Groups in your city with a common theme, such as “Single parents in Miami.”
- Once accepted to the group of choice, make a post asking if anyone knows where to find free clothing. You could ask if they know of any local churches or charities that can help.
- Follow the advice you’re given. You should get at least one bit of useful information if you’re posting in a relevant group.
3. Have fun with the Craigslist free section.
The Craigslist free section is a goldmine if you need to outfit your family and your home. You can find anything from free puppies to free sofas posted every single day, depending on where you live.
To find free clothing on Craigslist:
- Go to the Craigslist home page.
- Find the free section, which is listed under the “for sale” department.
- Type in what you’re looking for, like “shoes,” for example.
- Claim it before anyone else does.