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Some helpful tips to prolong the life of your clothes:

  1. Denim lasts forever between washes. Denim is super durable and easy to spot clean, but can lose its shape drastically with each wash. 
  2. Organize your laundry.  When it is time to do laundry, carefully read the care labels on your clothes and divide accordingly. Not only dividing lights and darks but cool dry and gentle rinse cycles. Your clothes will stay looking like new for longer.
  3. Use a mesh bag for washing delicates. Put delicates inside it before washing to prevent them from catching on the washing machine and other garments.
  4. If something shrinks in the wash, keep it damp and then stretch it. Often damp items can be gently stretched back to shape. After gently stretching the damp and shrunken item with your hands, try wearing it while it dries so it reshapes to your body.  
  5. Avoid the  tumble dryer!  It is better for you, the environment, and your CLOTHES if you air dry.  Dryers not only rapidly dry your clothes, but wear down your clothes much quicker .  Most pieces can be dried outside or a clothes stand in the house.
  6. NEVER use the tumble dryer on your bras.  This will seriously damage the structure and support intended.
  7. Keep bras organized and folded properly to maintain the cups. Fold padded bras in half with the straps tucked under the cups. This helps them keep their shape.
  8. If you must use the tumble dryer, always clean the lint trap after every load, and use the most gentle setting.  Always check your garment care label if you can tumble dry the item.
  9. Iron your clothes with care, always check the care label and iron setting before you start.
  10. When your clothes are done drying, hang or fold them as soon as you can to help maintain their shape.  Use good fitting hangers.
  11. Don’t over crowd your wardrobe.  Cramming clothes together, not only wrinkles, but wears down sensitive fabrics.

Click on the link to find out more helpful hints and tips on how to look after the clothes and how to do some minor repairs

Listed below are some well know local charity shops within the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area.  They will be delighted to receive any of you unwanted clothes plus other items that are no longer useful to you, but are still in good condtion. 

Action Cancer, 7 Railway Road, Coleraine, BT52 1PD

Contact Details:

telephone number:  028 7035 2235
Action Cancer is Northern Ireland's leading local cancer charity.  We provide digital breast screening, support etherapeutic services, M.O.T., health checks and health promotion programmes.


Types of items Action Cancer would love to receive:

ladies clothingladies accessoriesgents shoes
ladies shoesbooksgents accessories
ladies handbagsgents clothing

Age Concern Causeway, 3 Brook Street, Coleraine BT52 1PW

Contact Details: 

telephone number:  028 7035 7966
All money raised from our shop is used exclusively to fund services in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area.

Items that Age Concern Causeway would love to receive:

Age Concern Causeway
Clothes (all ages)FootwearVinyl recordsPicturesToys and jigsaws
AccessoriesBooks (The Book Room)Sports accessoriesCurtainsBoard games
HandbagsCd's and DVD'sChina, crockery and glasswareJewellerySportswear

Age NI, 26c Railway Road, Coleraine, BT52 1PD

Contact Details:

telephone number:  028 7035 1139

Types of items Age NI would love to receive:

Clothessmall electrical itemstoys
shoessmall items of furnituretextiles
booksCDs & DVDsbric-a-brac

Ballycastle Concern, 63 Castle Street, Ballycastle, BT54 6AS

Contact Details: Ballycastle Concern

e-mail:  n/a
telephone number:  07738819208
website: n/a


Types of items Ballycastle Concern would love to receive:

Please note:  We do not have room for furniture or larger tiems of toys - "No Electrical Items"

Ballycastle Concern
clothing for menclothing for womensmall items for bathroom
beddingcurtainssmall household items for kitchen
small toysclothing for children

Barnardo's, 19-21 Main Street, Ballymoney, BT53 6AN

Contact Details: 

e-mail:  n/a
telephone number:  028 2766 6658

Items that Barnardo's would love to receive:

Ladies clothesMens clothesBric-a-bracPrams, but no car seats
Ladies shoesMens shoesCurtainsHigh chairs and cots
Ladies bagsMens bagsToysChildren's clothing

Barnardos, 16 Stone Row, Coleraine, BT52 1EP

Contact Details:

telephone number:  028 7034 43134


Types of items Barnardos would love to receive:

booksCDs / DVDsclothesvintage items

Benvardin Animal Rescue Kennels, 32 Main Street, Ballymoney, BT53 6AL

Contact Details:

e-mail:  n/a
telephone number:  07702 278 874
website: n/a
Facebook:  benvardinkennelscharityshop


Items that Benvardin Animal Rescue Kennels would love to receive:

We also do local collections.

clothestoysjewellerylampsblankets for dogs
booksfurnitureCDsradiossmall household items

Blythswood Ireland, Units 2-3, Meeting House Lane, Ballymoney, BT53 6JN

Contact Details:

telephone number:  028 2766 6178

Items that Blythswood Ireland would love to receive:

We can collect or deliver furniture on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.

clothesfurnturecushionsbeddingmens clothesrugscurtains
saucepansbirc-a-bracchildrens clothespicturesshoesladies handbagsantiques
collectablesmens shoesbooksladies hatsDVDsCDselectrical items (no white goods)

Pratically Perfect, 16 Railway Road, Coleraine BT52 1PD

Contact Details:

telephone number:  07709 551 999  or  07739 321 498

Items that Practically Perfect would love to receive:

ladies clothesmens clotheschildrens clothestoysDVDssmall furniturenew electrical items
ladies shoesmens shoesbaby clothesbicyclesgamesjewellery
ladies accessoriesmens accessorieshandbagsbookshousehold itemsunopened cosmetics

Self Help Africa, 31 Railway Road, Coleraine, BT52 1PE

Contact Details:

e-mail:  n/a
telephone number:  028 7035 3876
website: n/a
Shop closed Mondays and Tuesdays of every week.

Small items of furniture only please.


Items that Self Help Africa would love to receive:

Ladies clothingBabies ClothingMen's shoesDuvet covers
Men' clothingDVD'sLadies shoesPillow cases
Children clothingCD'sSmall electrical itemsFurniture (small items only)

St Vincent De Paul, 52 Maghera Street, Kilrea, BT51 5QN

Contact Details:

telephone number:  028 2954 0103

Items that St Vincent De Paul would love to receive:

In the interest of health and safety, items not to be left outside the shop when shop is closed.  Large pieces of furniture can be donated to our dedicated furniture shops.  Please check or your local shop for details of the nearest furnture shop.

clean wearable clothes (ladies, gents, childrens)toys (small new toys only)fashion accessoriesjewellerybookscrafts
saleable household itemspillow cases (no pillows)general collactablesblanketscurtains
duvet covers (no duvets)CDs, DVDs & Vinylschool uniformsbric-a-bracantiques

The Open Door Drop-In and Charity Centre, 41-43 Main Street, Ballymoney BT53

Contact Details:

telephone number:  07741 417 354
The centre is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday

Items that The Open Door Drop-in and Charity Centre would love to receive:

Ladies clothesJewelleryBridal WearVictorian goods
Men's clothesSmall furniturePicturesFishing rods
Children's clothesHand made cardsMirrorsChildren's bicycles
HatsBed linenCurtainsRugs
ToysChristian booksKnitting woolRemnants of cloth