This Woman Raised $11K for Her Kids’ School — Just By Organizing Her Closet


Even if you’ve moved past your “New Year, New You” January resolutions, there’s still lots of time to get amped up for spring cleaning.

After all, good Penny Hoarders know clutter can cost you — big-time.

Bonus: We’ve found a way for you to declutter your closet while supporting your favorite school!

Get Organized While Supporting Kids with Schoola

Schoola is a secondhand clothing vendor that turns quality hand-me-downs into money for your child’s school.

They sell gently used, donated clothing online at steep discounts from original brand prices.

Plus, 40% of proceeds go directly toward the fundraising campaign of your school of choice. That’s $2 of every $5!

This School Raised $11,000

Parent of two Julie Verslues spearheaded a campaign that’s raised more than $11,000 for her daughters’ St. Louis, Missouri, Catholic school, St. Justin the Martyr.

Tired of asking parents to buy goods like cookie dough and wrapping paper, the St. Justin’s Home & School Organization turned to Schoola.

Verslues donated a dozen bags of clothes in the fall of 2013. She was “shocked” to learn her school raked in $340 by spring.

As more parents got involved, the money multiplied.

It’s now funded iPad purchases for students in kindergarten through second grade, as well as a chicken coop.

This year, Verslues plans to put the funds toward a new playground. She estimates the school pulls in $34 per donation bag.

“Schoola is so easy,” Verslues says. “They have coaches available anytime to provide you with all the promotional material, and reminders throughout our clothing drive. We are just a collection point.”

The company also sends coupons and promotions to share with friends and family. It also encourages involvement by allowing you to track when and where your donations sell.

So when that jacket you outgrew last year is keeping someone warm in New England or the Pacific Northwest, you’ll know — even if you’re in the Midwest!


Even if you don’t have a particular school in mind, your donation will benefit someone in need.

In fact, even major athleisure brand Athleta has partnered with Schoola to benefit the Malala Fund, which works to ensure that girls all over the world have access to the education they deserve.

Want to Get Involved?

Request a postage-paid bag and fill it with high-quality used kids’ and women’s clothing. Choose a school, or if you’re without an allegiance, ask the site to suggest one for you.

If you know other passionate parents at your child’s school — or just a neighborhood school you care about — you can even set up a school-wide drive.

Schoola makes it simple either way, and they can help get you set up in as little as two weeks.

Or, just shop online for awesome discounted women’s and children’s clothing. You’ll get like-new, name-brand clothing for up to 70% off retail prices!

You can search for a local school or just shop and support a random school. Either way, someone benefits from your purchase!

Psst — did I mention you can get $20 for every friend you refer? Since they’ll get paid, too, it shouldn’t be hard.

Win, win, win.

Your Turn: Will you clean out your closet and support a school with Schoola?

Jamie Cattanach is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She also writes other stuff, like wine reviews and poems — you can read along at www.jamiecattanach.com.

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