Sustainable Business – How to Organise a Clothes Swap Event

Sustainable Business – How to Organise a Clothes Swap Event

Have you got a mountain of clothes you need to sell, can’t be bothered to get them on Depop & feel like they are too good to send to the charity shop? Well this is where a clothes swap comes in, if you have a good community of people in your area with similar style to you these events need to be in your diary! A clothes swap event is a great way to rid yourself of unwanted clothes and a brilliant opportunity to grab yourself some new clobber. 

Other than getting your hands on some new clothes there are obviously environmental reasons to support a clothes swap event. Less clothes being sent to landfill & less new clothes being purchased can only be a good thing…. Did you know it takes 2700 litres of water to create just one cotton t-shirt?! To put that in perspective that 11,000 lattes,…keep reading to see why this useless fact is infact totally relevant!

As a consciously sustainable business I’m really excited to let you know that Liv from Little Coffee Southsea and I have organised our own clothes swap event and below you can find out more about it and how to create your own.

1. Choose your date & location

Our event is taking place outside on Sunday 18th July from 9am until 3pm at the Little Coffee van so yes, we are hoping for some great weather. You can hold these events anywhere, just make sure you get permission, depending on the venue you might have less space or time for your pop up.

How to create a clothes swap event

2. Decide how to advertise your clothes swap event

You want as many people as possible to know about your clothes swap event so make sure you market it well. We are going to be making posters to put up at the van & in our windows! We will also obviously be sharing on our social media channels and reaching out to our local Southsea small business friends to share the love on their pages too.

3. Tell people you’re supporting a charity

I appreciate I’ve called it a clothes swap event so it may seem strange to be accepting charitable donations but most people will be happy to give a discretionary donation to a great cause. Pick a charity that is close to your heart or relevant to the cause. Liv and I have gone for the latter with our event and we are taking donations to support a charity called Drip by Drip who do great work educating & informing people in the fashion industry about how to create a positive water footprint in the production of clothing.

How to create a clothes swap event
The charity we are supporting

4. Let people know what they can bring & how it’ll work on the day

It’s important to be clear with people what you are expecting them to bring. For example, you might be looking for a certain aesthetic with your clothes swap event. We won’t be accepting well used or worn clothing, we want people to bring good quality clothing that others will want to trade them for.

Let people know how it works when they get there, do they have to stay with their stuff, can they leave it, what happens at the end of the day? As I mentioned above if you’re supporting a charity with your event you can let people know that there is a discretionary donation to be made if your swap items or a small compulsory on if you’re just picking up. 

5. Tell people what they can do to support after the event

Decide what you want to do with the clothing after the clothes swap event, are you going to donate it all to charity or will you keep it for another event? I’m really happy to be taking the clothing home and donating it all on the Inka website – you can view the page here after the event! Let people know where they can find the clothing after the event and if you’re going to be keeping it a regular pop up event.

How to create a clothes swap event
Where you can buy clothing after the event

Are you coming to our clothes swap on the 18th July?

So with this in mind, are you coming along on the 18th July? A reminder of the details:

Where – Little Coffee van, Pier Road, Southsea, PO1 2TA

When – 18th July 2021, 9am-3pm

What to bring: Any items of good quality clothing that you are looking to sell/donate

What to expect: Lots of beautiful garments hanging on rails, great coffee, good chat!

Any extras to know about: I will be selling a range of Inka’s products on the day. We are supporting a charity called Drip by Drip – all donations welcome.

After the event: If you want to come and pick up your clothes that haven’t been swapped feel free, if not they are coming home with me and you can find them on the Inka website for a small donation.

We can’t wait to see you!