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Women swap frocks to support sustainability

Aug 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

sharpe-with-shoesLAST WEEKEND’S Great Brooklyn Frock Swap wasn’t just a second-hand fashion frenzy.

Although it brought 100 women to the Brooklyn Community Centre to swap frocks, it also helped to bring the community together in response to climate change and peak oil, says organiser Belinda Sharpe.

Ms Sharpe (pictured right), a member of Transition Town Brooklyn, got a huge response from women all over Wellington after emailing via friends’ networks, selling the idea of a night out supporting the transition group’s aims of a sustainable future.

Word of mouth took over and they were inundated with women signing up – so much so that a dozen volunteers were needed.

“Lots of people came forward, some friends and some people that we didn’t even know,” says Ms Sharpe. “People have been very generous, donating clothes racks and all sorts.”

brooklyn-2ndryOn the night, frock swappers were invited into a “chill out lounge”, a room with big pots of tea, homemade baking and live music.

Women had donated good quality clothing that they no longer wore in exchange for vouchers they could redeem for a new-to-them item.

Clothes were displayed in the hall and Ms Sharpe ordered a strict 30 minutes of browsing after which a frenzy of clothing exchanges stripped the racks.

Leftover clothing was donated to New Horizons for Women Trust.

Ms Sharpe said she was exhausted but pleased with how smoothly the evening had gone.

There have been requests for a men’s “frock swap”, but that’s not on the agenda as yet.

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