questionswhat would you do with a business suit you no…

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Personally, I have an aversion to Goodwill. This website has limited geographical range but if you're not near a local office maybe they can recommend a similar organization or you could ship your suits to them:

http://careergear.org/

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Have you thought about taking them to a consignment shop? They're really popular in my area.

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@murph929: Very thoughtful of you! My 2 favorite organizations to donate to are Vietnam Vets and Amvets. They call me on alternate months; I almost always have something to give to them. Hope you can find a fitting (pun not intended) org. to give your suits to. Thanks for giving forward!

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donating them RARELY if ever gets them into the hands of people who need them.

Almost always - the clothing gets sorted through, and the saleable stuff gets brought to a good will type store, and some arbitrary money donation is made, blah blah blah.

I've used craigslist to give away suits and other dress attire. It helped out a few very sincere people, and one of them impressed me enough to hire for temp work on a project I was involved with.

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@ohcheri: May I ask what your aversion is to Goodwill?

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You could try contacting the career development department (or whatever it is called) at your local community college, especially one that serves underprivledged (is that still an acceptable word?) students. They may be able to point you to a service that caters to some of their students.

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You could start doing really abnormal but fun things in it. Like rock climbing or skateboarding. Then just let it wear out like the rest of your clothes :)

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When I went from my warehouse job to a "business job" I had no dress closes, it was one of the jobs that you get asked "can you start the next day". I visited Goodwills and found enough shirts. They did not fit all the best, but it was a really short notice.

I have seen negative things about Goodwill and will let @ohcheri post them.

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You should have a local charity that is similar to goodwill. Check with the local fire department/rescue squad about who they refer people to. If you'd rather do it personally, use freecycle.org or craigslist.

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@stark: Goodwill ridiculously overprices their donations and the CEO makes half a million dollars a year. There are so many other places that would be thrilled to make $5.00-$10 on a free suit but Goodwill has to pay their executives so much a poor person can't a afford their clothes. The local Goodwill has a guard at the door to dig through your donations and he will pick & choose what they take. After one experience with that I take my donations to a community center that helps at-risk teens. They are excited to get anything free.

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you might also try a local church group . Lots of local church groups keep track of their members and who might be struggling with work or need something like a suit.

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Go paintballing in it, and pretend I'm (I mean you're)like James Bond.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I think the basic theme here is, "go back to the resources you would have used to find a job." I'll probably send a few emails and the first to respond will be the winner.