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AIBU to give this to a charity shop? Should I chuck?

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Dullygreygirl Sun 07-Jun-15 14:44:17

I have a duvet cover set. It gets a few compliments from friends as it's a lovely colour and is satin with lots of sequins, but it does has a tear about 8 inches, where the satin bit meets the cotton bit.

Should I throw it away or pop to the charity shop? Is it insulting to give because of the rip, or would someone who is handy with a needle not mind if they liked it otherwise?

Dullygreygirl Sun 07-Jun-15 14:44:42

*does have a tear

RedandYellow24 Sun 07-Jun-15 14:46:24

I wouldn't give to charity unless I had repaired it and it looked ok.

You could try free cycle say what it is and needs repairing someone might make use of it.

Suefla62 Sun 07-Jun-15 14:47:09

Just sew up the tear!

Eastpoint Sun 07-Jun-15 14:47:16

Can't you just fix it & then drop it off? Or keep it once you've mended it?

isseywithcats Sun 07-Jun-15 14:47:57

i work in a charity shop and if someone brought in a duvet set with an 8 inch tear on a seam it would go straight in the rag bag as volunteers do not have time to repair tears in things, i spent all day yesterday sorting out in the shop and only items that are instantly sellable make it to the shop floor

Dullygreygirl Sun 07-Jun-15 14:50:47

That's fine, I'll chuck it. I can't sew and don't have the time or inclination to buy sewing stuff and learn.

Thank you!

ProfYaffle Sun 07-Jun-15 14:51:24

Depends on the charity shop I think. Oxfam near us chops up clothes into squares and makes up variety packs of material for crafters. Why not just ask if they can make use of it? Failing that offer it on freecycle/fb for anyone who could use the fabric.

Fluffyears Sun 07-Jun-15 15:03:27

The charity shop will still make a few pence selling it on as rags. I'd take it in and ask if they want it a sevens few pence is worthwhile.

grannytomine Sun 07-Jun-15 15:05:49

What a shame if charity shops throw it away. My DD makes things for charity fetes etc (things like dolls clothes, little bags, aprons etc) and she often buys old duvet covers in charity shops as she says she can get some lovely fabric and it works out cheap for the amount she gets.

hibbledibble Sun 07-Jun-15 15:23:17

Give it to a charity shop/clothes bank as at least it will get a few pennies from the 'rag man' and the material will be recycled.

KurriKurri Sun 07-Jun-15 15:25:26

I would also buy something like that from a charity shop for craft projects -someone could probably make lovely cushions out of it, or if its a simple repair they could mend it - I worry about cleanliness more than about rips and tears. I;d donate it and pin a label saying 'small tear on bottom edge' or whatever and let them decide.

My local charity shop sells broken necklaces for people who want beads and findings, and in our town there is a charity craft warehouse where all that kind of stuff goes (Not many people seem to know about it so you might well have one too) As long as you label it up as broken/damaged it will be fine.

PenguinBollards Sun 07-Jun-15 15:31:06

Don't chuck it, give it to someone who will fix it and then make use of it themselves or pass it to someone else who will, or on to a charity shop.

Our disposable culture makes me very sad.

AbbeyRoadCrossing Sun 07-Jun-15 15:36:26

Rag money is high at the moment so certainly don't chuck it, most charities will take rags

Seriouslyffs Sun 07-Jun-15 15:37:20

But a needle and thread and fix it. You like it, why would you throw it away?

IgnoreMeEveryOtherReindeerDoes Sun 07-Jun-15 15:39:27

or put it on your local facebook page as lots of crafters on them to that might make use of it.

keeptothewhiteline Sun 07-Jun-15 15:41:58

Repair it.

Dullygreygirl Sun 07-Jun-15 15:43:17

I've already said I'm not interested in repairing it. I don't like it that much.

Thank you, I'll send it to a charity shop who do rags or a recycling bank.

maxybrown Sun 07-Jun-15 15:46:07

why not send in a bag of rags? My friend runs a charity and I give them bags of "rags" as they get money for that too

maxybrown Sun 07-Jun-15 15:46:38

oops sorry didn't read whole thread blush

Seriouslyffs Sun 07-Jun-15 15:46:55

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YesThisIsMe Sun 07-Jun-15 15:47:41

Fix it, Freecycle it or charity shop it for rags. No excuse for binning.

YesThisIsMe Sun 07-Jun-15 15:49:05

(Sorry if that was a bit bolshy - delay in posting)

Nydj Sun 07-Jun-15 15:53:12

seriouslyffs do you know the OP in real life? Do you know what else she has on her plate at the moment or why she doesn't know how to sew or have the inclination to learn? If not, perhaps lay off with the personal insults.

Seriouslyffs Sun 07-Jun-15 17:07:41

She's describing throwing away something she likes which would take 10 minutes to repair. Not repairing is lazy and such 'short termism' is destroying the planet.

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