By  on December 2, 2014

Pamela Trefler had an “a-ha” moment after she realized that the castoffs in her wardrobe were worth serious money.

After a closet clean-out session, a consignment store wrote her a check for $40,000, which she promptly used to buy a computer lab for a Boston school. Trefler knew other women had unwanted items in their closets that could be re-sold to benefit nonprofit groups. From that seed, Union & Fifth was born. Just in time for Giving Tuesday, the Web site — whose tag line is “Shop for Good” — launches today.

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