If there is one thing that the coronavirus lockdown has given us, it is plenty of time on our hands to do jobs around the house that we’ve long put off.
And for many, one of those tasks is sorting through old clothes that have hung around taking up room without being worn for years.
Bags have been filled with old unwanted items, but with clothes banks halting collections, and charity shops being forced to close for months, there have been few options on where to take them.
But since non-essential stores were allowed to throw open their doors in Wales on Monday, June 22, including charity shops, and with some other services returning to normal, now may finally be the time to move your old belongings on.
Whilst some still remain closed, there are many places in Swansea now accepting clothes donations again.
Here’s are some of them…
Charity shops are re-opening across the city gradually and many of them are accepting clothing donations.
Among them is The Pettifor Trust, a charity which is devoted to the welfare of animals. Its stores at The Precinct in Killay and Eversley Road in Sketty have been back up and running since June 22.
The charity spent money getting its stores ready for customers whilst closed, installing sneeze guards, and putting in measures reminding people of two metre social distancing, along with providing hand sanitiser for those who enter.
All donated clothes are steam cleaned before they are put onto the shop floor for sale.
Greyhound Rescue Wales at 51 The Kingsway is also back open from 10am until 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
All items donated, including clothes, are placed in a holding area for 72 hours before they are brought onto the shop floor for purchase.
If your clothes are not suitable for reuse then they can be placed in clothing and shoe banks at any household waste recycling centre.
Clothes and textiles are now once again being accepted at all of Swansea’s recycling centres in Llansamlet, Clyne, Garngoch, Penlan and Tir John.
Swansea Council said clothes and textiles that weren’t suitable for reuse could be made into new items, such as padding for chairs and car seats, cleaning cloths and industrial blankets.
Sell your clothes
Cash for Clothes has reopened at Fforest Business Centre in Queensway, Fforestfach.
Only one customer is permitted at a time, and the opening hours are 9am until 4pm Monday to Friday.
The rate is 35p per kilo.
Holy Cross, Gendros (Monday only)
The Holy Cross Church in Gendros is collecting unwanted clothes, toys, bedding, small household items and books.
They can be dropped off on a Monday between 11am and 1pm, and a system has been created where donations can be left and they will then be placed in isolation for a period of time, before they are sorted and distributed, donated, or placed in a shop.
Items will only be accepted on Mondays between 11am and 1pm. The church can be found at Upper Kings Head Road, Gendros.
Clothes banks can be found around various places in the city, including supermarket car parks.
During lockdown, many left their items dumped outside clothes banks despite them being taped off and there being no collections.
The Salvation Army has locations at Sketty Lane and Quarry car parks along Mumbles Road, Cycle Track car park at Walters Row in Dunvant, ASDA in Upper Forest Way, Paxton Road car park, and Morrisons in Morfa Retail Park.
But a Salvation Army spokeswoman said: “With regard to our clothing banks, we have been working hard to clear the fly-tip that has built up during the lockdown and to empty banks. We have been gradually reopening clothing banks and are aiming to have all banks open in Wales from the beginning of August. We ask people only to donate to clothing banks that have room to accept items and not to leave items outside.”