The second-hand clothing industry has specific terminology for describing different kinds of donated clothing items.
The terms “mixed rags” and “institutional clothing” are used to describe the two main types of donated used clothing:
Whitehouse & Shapiro collects mixed rags from thrift stores in Baltimore, Maryland and other parts of the country. We buy second-hand clothing items from thrift stores and charitable institutions and export them.
Mixed rags are typically packed in large bales and sold by weight. The bales are opened by our graders who meticulously sort the clothing. Used clothing that is considered sellable is repacked and sold to our partners in foreign markets.
Donated items that don’t make the cut are recycled and converted into dusting cloths and other cheap rags.
Bales are bought and sold at wholesale prices; interested suppliers, buyers, and importers can contact us for more information.