Charity shops and clothes recycling bins

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No such thing Malc! There are a few shops that sell second hand clothes, but nothing even vaguely similar to a charity shop. My house occassionally has clothes collection sacks dumped in the hallway, and I've also seen clothes and shoes bins, but I have no idea what actually becomes of stuff that gets dropped in them.

 

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"Gebrauchtkleidung" - A clothes bin

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If you're looking to donate some old clothes or something, there's a place near Hauptbahnhof (Hirtenstr I think) which accepts donations. I think it's a branch of Caritas, but I'm not sure. They're not really a shop as such. Ouside of that I don't know.

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Third world shops 'Dritteweltladen' in Germany would be the local equivalent of Oxfam.

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You could try the International Women's Club, Munich.

 

Next month they are hosting their very first "White Elephant Sale" to raise funds for the Frauenhaus (a shelter for battered women and their children). They are looking for good quality books, magazines, household or decorative items - unwanted gifts and so on!

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What they do have are big clothes banks (Gebrauchtkleidung), like the Oxfam ones in supermarket carparks and stuff in the UK. They are generally just at the side of the street, like bottle banks. I don't know exactly what they do with the clothes, but they specifically ask you to put them in plastic bags so they won't get wet, so I presume they at least use the material...

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The clothes from these bins (Red cross) are sorted into what can be used again and the rest is recycled. All clothes should be washed and ironed and shoes bound together in pairs. Or so they tell me at the chapel.

Where we live, Caritas (Catholic organisation), collect on a regular basis for clothing and household items; not to mention money! Other than that, charity seams to begin at home?

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You will often get leaflets doing old clothes collections in Munich, plus of course there are the Red Cross collecting Bins.

 

I would advise you NOT to donate here!

 

The first choice is sold off to second hand shops in Germany (ever noticed how Pats and Co never buy stuff?)

 

The second choice is sold in shops in (say) Romania where you can buy second hand western European clothes by the kilo.

 

The third choice is sold on 3rd World markets.

 

The fouth choice is "donated" ie dumped in the 3rd World.

 

Options 3+4 naturally destroy indigenous textile industries.

 

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Weisse Rabe is a charity shop in Landsbergerstrasse that has a special focus on those with low incomes - back in the day, plenty of Toytowners fitted out their first shared scabby flats from there!

 

Also there's a "Diakonie" (Evangelical Church so not quite as well known as the Red Cross & Co for sniffing your donations off a hooker's tits) shop on Landshuter Allee and their focus is on the homeless etc.

 

Both these shops would be glad of your stuff.

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The place in Hauptbahnhof mentioned by keydeck is called the Banhofs Mission, I think, where you can also donate food and drink which is dispensed among the -mostly invisible- local homeless (we took a big basket of Brezen over after a big university do, and they were happy to have them).

 

I've just seen an Oxfam (yep, the real thing) up in Potsdam, which I hope means we might be getting a Münchner outlet sooner rather than later.

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Anyone know where I can donate some old clothes?

 

I've been keeping my eyes open for some of those big ol' bins that you can normally find outside of Kmart or on random street corners, but I guess Germans really aren't like New Jersians... B)

 

Just got some shirts, sweaters, and socks to donate.

 

Any tips?

 

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They do have bins about, it's just a matter of finding them or knowing where they are.

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The Bins are large, and usually Tan in color...

 

I think I saw some on the street that runs from "The Cinema" towards

Circus Krone..

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I know that there are some places that sell used kids clothes run by charities like Nachbarschaftshilfe. If anyone is interested in adresses I'd make the effort and try to find some.

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Here's a list of the current 135 clothes bins from the Bavarian Red Cross. Note that these bins are regularly moved which means in a years time there is no guarantee how accurate the list will be.

 

List received via e-mail from brk-muenchen.de

 

 

Aufstellorte der Kleidercontainer
Datum: 12/30/2004
Nr. Ort Straße Bezeichnung
196 Allach Oertelplatz 4 S-Bahnhof
2166 Aubing Bergsonstr. 115 Flohmarkt
2167 Aubing Bergsonstr. 115 Flohmarkt
734 Aying Am Bahnhof
430 Berg am Laim Annabrunnerstr.
212 Berg am Laim Hachinger Bachstr.25 Michaeli Gymnasium
154 Blumenau Blumenauerstr.11 Volksschule
139 Bogenhausen Buschingstr.47 neben Glascontainer
138 Bogenhausen Buschingstr.26 am Trafohaus
140 Bogenhausen Stuntzstr.17 neben Depotcontainer
2002 Bogenhausen Stuntzstr.17
176 Deisenhofen Grünwalderweg 66 RKH
1988 Deisenhofen Grünwalderweg 66
415 Denning Dalgenfingerstr.5 HL-Markt
133 Fasanerie Schnepfenweg/Pappelallee
178 Feldkirchen Kapellenstr. am Wertstoffcont.
1986 Feldkirchen Kapellenstr. am Wertstoffcont.
426 Freimann Lützelsteinerstr. 1a Allianzversich.
208 Gern Reinmarplatz 12 W.-Lübke Haus
141 Giesing Konradinstr.28 RKB
429 Giesing St.Martinstr.60 Allianzversicherung
180 Großdingharting Gemeindefriedhof am Glascontainer
181 Grünwald Torbruckstr. Wertstoffhof
1913 Grünwald Torbruckstr. Wertstoffhof
2081 Grünwald Torbruckstr. Wertstoffhof
2087 Grünwald Torbruckstr. Wertstoffhof
423 Haar Waldstr.9
143 Haidhausen Balanstr.52 PPL V-Markt
2003 Haidhausen Balanstr.52
316 Harthof Weyprechtstr.2 Rewe/Penny Markt
317 Hasenbergl Fortnerstr.39 Penny-Markt
183 Heimstetten Hauptstr. Wertstoffcontainer
1984 Heimstetten Hauptstr.
1985 Heimstetten Hauptstr.
150 Kieferngarten Bauernfeindstr.15 RK-Seniorenheim
195 Kieferngarten Kögelsbergerstr.23 Postamt 454
1970 Kieferngarten Kögelsbergerstr.23
186 Kirchheim Florianstr. Bauhof
185 Kirchheim Ludwigstr. Wertstoffcontainer
1983 Kirchheim Ludwigstr.
156 Kleinhadern Gelbhofstr.14 KATRA-SM
2151 Kleinhadern Gelbhofstr.14
451 Kreuzhof Kistlerhofstr. Mimimal
452 Mittersendling Albert-Roßhaupterstr.105 MAHAG-Autohaus
129 Moosach Am Neubruch 23 Containerplatz
1999 Moosach Nanga-Parbat-Str.67
482 Moosach Parkharfe Block 5 Olympiazentrum
520 Moosach Parkharfe Block 2 Olympiazentrum
158 Neuaubing Wiesentfelser Str.70 Stadtsparkasse
1979 Neuaubing Wiesentfelser Str.70 Stadtsparkasse
1980 Neuaubing Wiesentfelser Str.70 Stadtsparkasse
438 Neuhadern Gräfelfingerstr.66
437 Neuhadern Guardinistr.44
142 Neuperlach Max Reinhard Weg 25 H.-Heine Gymnasium
1977 Neuperlach Max Reinhard Weg 25 H.-Heine Gymnasium
175 Neuperlach Max Reinhard Weg 25 H.-Heine Gymnasium
146 Neuperlach Max Reinhard Weg 25 H.-Heine Gymnasium
639 Neuperlach Schuhmacherring 26 Rotkreuzhaus
161 Neuried Ammerseestr. Haus 2/4 Wertstoffcontainer
418 Neuried Dr.Rehm Str. Grünanlage
162 Neuried Ettalerstr.
419 Neuried Forstenrieder Str. Tankstelle
163 Neuried Gautinger Str. Wertstoffcontainer
160 Neuried Haderner Winkel Wertstoffcontainer
Neuried Kraillinger Weg/ z.Z. Ettaler Str. Wertstoffcontainer
988 Neuried Lindenstr. Wertstoffcontainer
164 Neuried Starnberger Str. Wertstoffcontainer
518 Oberföhring Franz-Wolter Str.
131 Obermenzing Verdi Str. 98 Kreissparkasse
189 Oberschleißheim Eigenheim Str.1 BRK-Haus
170 Obersendling Zielstatt Str.74 Hauptschule
442 Ottobrunn Ottobrunner Str. DASA
167 Pasing Am Stadtpark 21 Karlsgymnasium
372 Pasing Ebenböck Str.27
168 Pasing Georg Habel Str.49 Wertstoffplatz
417 Pasing Landsberger Str.394-396
166 Pasing Th.Storm Str.12 BRK-Haus
169 Planegg Germeringer Str.8a BRK-Haus
144 Ramersdorf Rosenheimer Str.126 Altenheim,St Maria
134 Schwabing Ackermann Str./Sp.Louis Ring Parkplatz
539 Schwabing Biedersteiner Str.29 Dermatolog. Klinik
125 Schwabing Freystr. PP Münchner Freiheit
127 Schwabing Lerchenauer Str. PP Eissportstadion
638 Schwabing Prinzregenten Str. PP Haus der Kunst
424 Schwabing Rossini Str. im Hof
123 Schwabing Rümann Str.60 Altenheim
2168 Sendling Siegenburger Str. 65 PPL
2169 Sendling Siegenburger Str. 65 PPL
192 Strasslach Frankenstrasse Containerplatz Feuerwehr
1152 Strasslach Frankenstrasse Containerplatz Feuerwehr
374 Thalkirchen Alemannenstr. Parkplatz
373 Thalkirchen Maria Einsiedel Str. BRK-Parkplatz
427 Thalkirchen Schönstr.81
440 Unterhaching Münchner Str.16 Rotkreuzhaus
1981 Unterhaching Münchner Str.16
1982 Unterhaching Münchner Str.16
130 Untermenzing Haldenberger Str.27 Hauptschule
194 Unterschleißheim Carl von Linde Str.32 Parkplatz
483 Unterschleißheim Hollener/Ingoldstätter Str. Hotel Alarun
191 Untersendling Friedrich Hebbel Str.12
435 Untersendling Heiterwanger Str.48-56
320 Untersendling Johann Clanze Str.70
436 Untersendling Klingerstr. 25
1181 Zentrum Dachauer Str.2 Parkplatz
174 Zentrum Hansastr. Parkplatz
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I'm moving and also cleaning out stuff. But I have no idea where to take old clothes and items that I don't use/need anymore. Would hate to just dump stuff. Does anyone know? Thanks.

 

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