Clothing Swap Fosters Resource Sharing
This event offered a way to snag some eco-chic fashions . . . and much more.
Some clothing swaps adhere to a strict set of rules about what to bring and trade. But our organizer, Corinne, simplified the process. “I wanted a community event that fostered resource sharing, neighbour outreach, and socializing," says Corinne who is also our Neighourhood Group Treasurer and a local entrepreneur.
During February’s aptly named “Swap, Drop and Shop“, everyone was invited, even if they didn’t have something to give away. This meant every attendee had a chance to leave with that special something. Donations of games, books and even household goods were also welcome.
Uniting local businesses for a cause is one of Corinne’s many superpowers. She rallied together like-minded entrepreneurs who were willing to dig in and create an organized and welcoming atmosphere. They also provided treats, such as popcorn and cookies. These, she says, help draw people in. They also are essential to enhancing the social element of the thrifting experience.
In total, 27 bags of clothing and 11 boxes of household items were donated. Around 25 people plus volunteers participated. Any unclaimed treasures were donated to Kidney Clothes. These will be repurposed or resold to to help advance kidney research.
Other benefits were less tangible. “The goal was to create a space where neighbours can rely on each other, get to know each other, and create a network of support within the community," explains Corinne. She adds that events like this serve to “increase awareness of, and help address, the income disparity in our community."
Prior to the Swap, the Neighbourhood Group put a call out for food and baby items. Some of these donations were set aside for a specific family in need. Any leftover, non-perishable food was given to the neighbourhood’s emergency pantry.
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What is a Swap, Drop and Shop?
- Swap: Bring stuff you can exchange
- Drop: Simply drop off used items
- Shop: Leave with something you love
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Corinne from for organizing this event. We are also grateful for sponsors Sarah Rubenstein of
Text by Bronwen Buck
Feb 19, 2020