Second-hand clothes first-class idea
Trade preloved items from your wardrobe for some new threads at a community clothes swap.
Organisers Rose Hope and Sarah Firmston are hoping a little trawl through the swap’s clothing racks will go a long way to helping consumers think more about where their clothes come from.
The event will also help to raise funds for those affected by the earthquake in Nepal.
‘‘What we want to promote is that people are becoming more thoughtful with their clothes and we like the sense of community that these kinds of events bring,’’ Hope says.
The two founders of Karangahape Rd boutique The Bread and Butter Letter have noticed an increasing number of customers stressing the importance of knowing where an item was made and the working conditions it was made under, she says.
‘‘Now people are buying consciously and we’re getting asked every day: ‘Tell me about the artists behind this’. They need to know the story,’’ Hope says.
‘‘There is a story behind everything – and with second-hand or hand-made items it’s a more personal way of shopping.’’
The clothes swap is an extension of that philosophy, she says.
Shoppers are asked to bring the best of the clothes and accessories they no longer wear and in return they can take home as many items as they donate.
Any leftover items will be donated to K Rd’s The Koha Shed which offers necessities for free to those in financial hardship.
Hope and Firmston have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the swap.
The creative duo were expecting to host about 30 shoppers in their store but have now had to shift to a bigger venue with hundreds expected to show.
Firmston says it’s testament to the awareness consumers have that they are able to enact positive change with the choices they make.
‘‘We’re both avid op-shoppers, we’ve both done it our entire lives.
‘‘It just stems from our own interest and it’s just turned out that so many other people are interested as well,’’ Firmston says.
The event will be held at the Pitt Street Methodist Church, 78 Pitt St.
Doors open from 6pm with entertainment to allow time for volunteers to sort the clothes and the swapping kicks off at 7pm on May 20.
Gold coin donation on entry.
The Bread & Butter Letter boutique founders Rose Hope and Sarah Firmston are organising a community clothes swap.