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Thrifting on a Small Budget? Discover Creative Ways to Find FREE Clothes

Thrifting on a Small Budget? Discover Creative Ways to Find FREE Clothes

Where To Find Free Clothes

Getting clothes for free seems too good to be true but it’s the real deal!

For some people, thrifting for free is not just a choice but a necessity.

It could be due to a tight budget, a preference for frugal living, or a wish to live a more eco-friendly life.

There are many reasons why someone would look for free clothes and accessories.

No matter your motivation, thrifting for free is a smart and eco-friendly way to refresh your wardrobe without breaking the bank.

So let’s explore how to find free clothes that match your style and budget!

Finding Free Clothes in Real Life

Community Closets

Many places hosts regular community clothing giveaways. These might be housed at churches or another central meeting place. Ask around or search for “free stores” online in your city.

Giveaway Piles

If you live in a dorm, apartment, or other shared space; chances are there is a common area where people can leave items they want to donate. This might be a great way to get to know your neighbors and make a friend who matches you size and style!

Free Boxes at Yard Sales

When you’re out at yard sales, don’t overlook free boxes on the curb. You never know what you’ll find!

Finding Free Clothes Online

The internet has become an invaluable tool to finding anything you could possibly think of. This is especially helpful if you live in a small town without a lot of resources, or certain items are out of your price range and you need to do some deal hunting.

Get Social

Buy Nothing Facebook Groups

If you have a Facebook account, then Buy Nothing Facebook groups are a very direct way of connecting people in your area who are giving away free items. Join the group nearest to you and keep an eye on the posts to stake claim to their goods up for grabs.


Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace allows you to filter for free items, including clothing, being given away by people in your local area


Nuw App

The popular subscription clothing rental service website, Nuuly, is getting in on the clothing swap action. Now you can upload clothes, earn “coins”, and swap with other members on the platform. There is a small transaction fee of .99 cents so it’s not entirely free, but it’s still a great option.


Lucky Sweater App

Lucky Sweater is different than the other options in this list as they’re heavily focused on the sustainability aspect of trading fashion.

Anyone can hop on the platform and start swapping but they’re more selective about which clothes get circulated. This has it’s pros and cons for the average user (ie: if you mainly buy from mass retailers) but has great benefits on the planet.

I also highly recommend subscribing to their newsletter as they’re very dedicated to cultivating community and launching new features to help members on their platform. I’ve learned a lot from them!


Other Websites


While not a dedicated clothing app, Freecycle is an online community where people give away unwanted items for free, including clothes. You can join local Freecycle groups to find free clothing giveaways in your area.


Craigslist Free Section

Check the “Free Stuff” section on Craigslist regularly for people giving away clothes and other items at no cost. You can also post a wanted ad looking for free clothes!

More Creative Ways to Find Free Clothes

Clothing Swap Party

Get a group of friends together and host a clothing swap! Everyone brings along a couple bags or boxes of unwanted clothes and accessories. Lay them out and make it a party with snacks, drinks, and of course a fashion show.

You could even choose to donate the leftover items and keep the sustainability movement going!

Ask Your Friends

If you just need one or two important items (say a wedding dress guest or a job interview outfit) ask around to your friends if they have anything they’re getting rid of or have something you could borrow.

Local Organizations or Churches

Reach out to local organizations or churches for more help specific to your area.

Some organizations may have free vouchers to use at a local thrift store and, like I mentioned above, others may also have regular clothing giveaways you could participate in.

In Clothes-ing

Remember, embracing frugality and eco-friendliness doesn’t mean sacrificing style. With a little effort and an open mind, you can create a wardrobe that’s both wallet-friendly and fashionable.

I hope this list of resources helps you find free clothes! I have other options available to help you learn about more about where to find free clothes in this past blog post.

Good luck and happy thrifting!



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Harvey Lee
July 18, 2024 7:24 am

Discover where to find free thrifted clothes and elevate your style sustainably!

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