Many options exist to dispose of old clothes

Posted: 12:01am on May 26, 2012

Dear Emily,

I am looking for a place to get rid of some of my son and daughter’s clothes that no longer fit?

Where is somewhere that I can take them?

Dear Mom,

It is a very good thing that you are planning on giving your unfit clothes away instead of tossing them in the trash.

The first place you could take them is to your local Goodwill or Thrift Store. It’s as simple as dropping them off, it will take you less then five minutes, and you will know that they will go to other people who are looking to purchase clothes.

Another place that you could take them is your local food bank, church, etc. Nonprofit places like that are always willing, want to take in what you’re giving and give back out to whomever needs or wants it.

Also, if you ask some of the nonprofit organizations for a receipt, you can submit that with your taxes as a charitable donation tax deduction. A final place that you could take your cloths is Plato’s Closet.

Plato’s Closet is geared more toward teens and adults, so if your children are smaller, they may not accept the clothing. A benefit from Plato’s is you will receive cash back in exchange for your clothes. It amount depends on the type and condition of your clothing as well as the quantity.

No matter where you choose to take the clothing, you know someone else will get a good use out of it.

Dear Emily,

One of my ex’s told me she likes me again, and we have been hanging out a lot. I don’t want her to think I’m leading her on because I’m not sure if I like her or not again.

What do I do?

Dear Stumped,

It’s hard for someone to tell the person that they like, that they have feelings for them, and in most cases its even harder for a past ex to share feelings again.

Also, the majority of girls have a hard time telling guys they like them. So whatever you do don’t be rude and mean about it.

At the same time you don’t want to lead her on, like you mention, so just let her know that you aren’t sure how you feel, and see how it goes from there.

You never know what could come out of it but being honest and upfront is the way to go. There isn’t anything wrong with some innocent flirting but there is a difference between flirting and leading on, so just know your boundaries.

Time will most likely work this one out and determine if you have feelings for her or if you just see her as a friend.

Emily Chertow is a high school student in central Pennsylvania who writes a monthly column offering advice from the point of view of a teenager. You can send questions to her at or mail them to Ask Emily, c/o Centre Daily Times, 3400 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801.