Sarah held her first ever Swish in Harrow on Saturday 6th September – and it was a great success! Here’s her story:
Lots of excited swishers turned out on Saturday morning hoping to bag a gorgeous garment or two. The team of young volunteers who joined us from the National Citizens Service Challenge Network spotted lots of great labels and clothes which had been clearly lovingly cared for by their owner. Rumour had it that there was a Chanel top on the rails!
This was my first Swish and it was unlike any other clothes swap I’ve ever been to. People had an hour to drop their clothes off. They were given a token for each item which was clean and in good condition which they had brought. Swishing is all about swapping great quality second hand clothes. So nothing with holes, stains, strange smells, too bobbly or stretched…you get the idea. Swish Superstar Sam from our partner West London Waste was the lady with the tokens, which was more like a golden ticket for those haute couture thrill seekers! While waiting for the Swish to open there was the option to join a workshop on ‘how to sew a button’. Experienced sewers shared their tips with those who had never picked up a needle and thread. “It’s such a simple thing to fix but I know I’ve thrown away clothes just because the buttons came off” was heard from the chatting sewers. The Swish was declared open at 12 and just like a Harrods sale people had queued up and they flocked in.
On her way out Roopali remarked “this has been very exciting and it’s good for the environment too” and Jo said she’d had “such good fun, please do it again” to which I replied “We’ll be holding more swishes. We’re just finding a new space to hold them in and we’ll let you know the dates as soon as we can!”