Spring is around the corner and for many of that this means Spring Cleaning! A chance to change seasons and get ready for warmer weather. In Philly, it’s the end of our “hibernation” from the fall/winter months. Some love the idea – seeing it as an opportunity to start fresh. While others, many others… dread it.

What if I told you this year you can make an impact on someone else’s life when you ‘spring clean’ your closet – would that help? Each year around now I will rummage through my closet to get ready for my  Career Wardrobe donation.

I am a big supporter of the mission at Career Wardrobe based right here in Philadelphia. Which is why I choose to donate to them each year. Here is the complete list of acceptable donations and for higher end items you can consign with them.

Career Wardrobe is a nonprofit social enterprise that uses clothing and professional development to empower unemployed individuals to work.  The Boutique is the cornerstone of our program and provides professional clothing to individuals in transition.  Job seekers can shop at no cost with a referral or for a small fee if they are not receiving government assistance.  In Philadelphia, our Boutique is also open to public where savvy shoppers can find great deals on women’s designer and contemporary clothing with all sales supporting our services.

4 Tips to Create a Donation Bag – don’t forget men’s clothing is also accepted!

  1. Grab 2 bags. One bag for new or lightly worn business attire for your Career Wardrobe donation and the other for all other items. (Might as well tackle the entire closet!)
  2. Head to the back of the closet first! The clothes you least likely wear live there.
  3. Decide what to Keep or Donate.  Experts say if you haven’t worn it in 2 years you likely will not this year either – a great item to donate!
  4. Accessories, handbags, belts and more. These items are needed to complete any look.

You may be surprised what you find. Items that are no longer of interest, still have tags on and you do not intend to wear and clothes that no longer fit. These are great items that Career Wardrobe will be grateful to have!



Philadelphia Fundraiser:

From now until April 21st Henry A Davidsen will collect donations of gently-used professional attire including suits, ties, jackets, shirts, pants, belts and shoes, to benefit unemployed Philadelphians reentering the job force. Clothing will be collected at Henry A Davidsen’s showroom in Rittenhouse as well as select participating businesses. For the full list of drop off locations, please visit . Donors will receive 15% off their next Henry A Davidsen purchase!

Download the Suit Drive Flyer Here