Clare Valley community clothing swap on again

Clothing exchange organisers Rose Preston and Rebecca O’Leary sort through items in the lead up to November 5's clothing swap.
Clothing exchange organisers Rose Preston and Rebecca O’Leary sort through items in the lead up to November 5's clothing swap.

It is estimated Australians throw away six tonnes of clothing and textiles every 10 minutes – and 85 percent of it ends up in landfill, which can take hundreds of years to break down.

So how do you dress fashionably without spending lots of money and negatively impacting on our world?

One idea is to exchange clothing and give unwanted and sometimes never worn clothes a new life.

Following the success of the Clare Valley’s first community clothes swap, a group of volunteers is hosting a second event on Sunday, November 5.

One of the organisers Rebecca O’Leary said community clothes swaps were great because there was a variety of fashion styles and a good range of sizes.

“Last swap we had people bringing along clothes and accessories like belts, bags, jewellery and shoes,” Rebecca said.  

“Some people brought along garments that had never been worn and still had tags on them. They may have brought the item online but it didn’t fit.

“With Melbourne Cup only a couple of days after the swap, it could be a good way to find a new outfit.

“And by bringing along clothes you no longer wear, you make room in your wardrobe for new items.”

So how does a clothing exchange work?

Rebecca said people should drop off their good quality, clean, unwanted clothes and accessories before the swap time and a group of volunteers would display them in St Michael’s Hall, Clare. 

She encouraged everyone to come along to the swap day on Sunday, November 5 from 1pm, browse through the items on display, and pick up a few bargains.

There is no charge for items that you take home, and it is only $10 to participate. All money raised will be donated to not-for-profit organisation Essentials 4 Women SA.

Clothes can be left at the Natural Resources Centre, 155 Main North Road Clare from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, or on the day of the clothing exchange at St Michael’s Hall between 10am and 12 noon.

Washed clothes, belts, hats and other accessories and shoes in good condition will be accepted. 

  • For health reasons, swimwear, lingerie and underwear will be declined.
  • WHAT: Clare Valley Clothing Exchange
  • WHEN: Sunday November 5, event from 1pm to 3pm, drop off clothes from 10am to 12 noon.
  • WHERE: St Michael’s Hall, Victoria Road, Clare
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Like the Clare Valley Clothing Exchange Facebook page or telephone Rebecca O’Leary on 0434 367 419.