Only the Best for the Best: The Art of Sorting Donations

The goal of Suited for Change is to put our clients in clothing that makes them look and feel their best. The condition of the clothing we provide is crucial to demonstrating the importance we place on our clients.


When you first step foot in the Suited For Change boutique you’ll notice how full the shelves and racks usually are. This fullness allows clients to have access to a wide range of professional pieces suitable for any job.


The boutique is filled with various sizes and styles from more brands than you can imagine. There are racks with clothes for service industry workers, seasonal racks, and even a small but growing selection of menswear.

Suited for Change takes pride in the ability to provide a selection for clients that not only meets their needs but also matches their personal styles.

We regularly receive donations that are fresh from the dry cleaner, still wrapped in plastic. A fairly large percentage of donations are brand new with tags. It’s not unusual to see donations of St John, Gucci, Ferragamo, Dior, Giuseppe Zanotti, or Manolo Blahnik.


The majority of the donations we receive are in great condition. However, sometimes we receive a bag of clothes that are well past their prime. Items with holes, fraying, stains, or peculiar odors do not have a place in the boutique. Items that are useable but not work appropriate get re-donated to other organizations. Anything that is in too poor of a condition gets thrown away.

When sorting donations it is extremely important to answer three specific questions:

  1. Is this item workplace appropriate?

  2. Does this item meet the quality standards of Suited for Change?

  3. Is this something someone would be proud to wear?


These questions have to be answered in a rapid fire succession as donations are sorted very quickly. New volunteers are encouraged to evaluate items based on wearability and practicality.


The goal of Suited for Change is to put our clients in clothing that makes them look and feel their best. The condition of the clothing we provide is crucial to demonstrating the importance we place on our clients.

The boutique is filled with items that have been donated with love, sorted with care, and distributed with pride.




 

Stephanie Paz

About Stephanie Paz:


Stephanie Paz has been a SFC volunteer since 2019 and enjoys helping clients find stylish work ensembles. She spends her free time traveling the world and has a degree and background in journalism.



 



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