Secondhand fashionistas turned out to swap their clothes despite the cold and snowy weather last Saturday. Wrapped up warm they arrived at the Wealdstone Library with bags of great quality clothes to rehome.
While the clothes were sorted and displayed swishers ate cake and were given some top tips from The Rubbish Diet’s Bin Doctor to help them know how to identify recyclables and some great food storage advice which made people go “Oooo, really! That’s great to know!”. Then, Lyla Patel Rynolds, Head of Education at TRAID gave a short talk on the social and environmental benefits of recycling clothes and asked people to take the TRAID #Secondhandfirst Pledge to commit to buying a certain percentage of their wardrobe secondhand before first hand.
The Swish was opened and from between the clothes rails we could hear “wow, that will look great on you”, “yeah, I’m really surprised and how good these clothes are”. The Rubbish Diet Team smiled because we knew all the high street brands and designer names on the swishing rail. Five Rubbish Dieters came along to swap their clothes and it was great to talk rubbish with them and hear about how happy they are with their slim bins.
Rubbish Dieter and member of Harrow Libraries staff Joanne signed up to take The Rubbish Diet Challenge at our Swish in September 2014. It was great to have her get in contact to say she could help organise another at the Library. She came to lend a hand and bag herself some lovely nearly new clothes.
There were lots of smiles when people were at the checkout. Aisha from Harrow said “I’m really surprised at how good the clothes were”. Chloe from Brent said “really useful tips” and wanted to know “when’s the next one”. New swisher Jackie was found 30 minutes after we had closed excitedly showing the library staff the clothes she had got including a Ben Sherman shirt which she was over the moon about.
Swishes are held all over West London and can be held at home for friends and family, at the office for co-workers or can be held on a larger scale by voluntary and community groups. If you would like to organise a Swish all you need to do is give Sam at West London Waste a call and check out their Get Swishing Guide.