This is our first outdoor clothing swap! We are an artist collective with no physical space, so all our events involve reaching out and collaborating with community partners and there are always new twists. This swap is taking place at the Oakwood Village Urban Market on September 14 in Charles Brereton Park (306 Oakwood Ave, Toronto) co-hosted by the Oakwood BIA and NIA Cultural Centre PLUS Repair Cafe will also have a booth helping you fix small appliances so it will be a cool event. We are accepting donations from Oakwood/Vaughan as well as the home community of Davisville PS, in Mt. Pleasant area. Really, anyone can donate.
Here's how it works: We love to get donations in advance so we can sort into sizes for easier "shopping" on swap day- you can drop your (gently used) clothes off at 529 Vaughan Road (temporary home of Davisville PS/Spectrum Alternative school) during school hours- they are allowing us to store and sort on site. WE love to have clothes sorted and labelled into bags BY SIZE (ex: "boy-5/6") We are also happy to accept donations on the day- bring in your bag of pre-loved clothes that you no longer want, need or fit, and we will give you a bag to fill with (new-to-you) goodies. You can also buy and fill a bag for $5. We will have volunteers on site making up-cylcled crafts with visitors and offering repair advice. Any money raised goes to Works-in-Progress to cover the costs of the swap, and we are supported by an Artists-in-Community Grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Leftover donations will either be used as material for up-cycling workshops and artwork by Works-in-Progress, passed on to front link charitable groups like Fred Victor and the Humane Society or used in a future swap...some of the "too good to upcycle" clothes from last Spring are back for this swap :) Most importantly, your clothes get a second life and don't end up in landfill.
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