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Published Monday 26 April 2021

Reinvent your wardrobe without spending a cent

Have you been holding on to a pair of your favourite jeans that you just can’t part with? Or, have a favourite handbag that you never use?

Mitchell Shire’s Youth Council can help you say goodbye to these items, reinvigorate your wardrobe and help the environment all at the same time.

On Saturday 15 May, the Mitchell Shire Youth Council is holding a Clothes Swap at the Wallan Multi-Purpose Community Centre, from 11am-3pm.

People are encouraged to swap clean, undamaged items of clothing they no longer wear, need or want using a token system at the event. There will also be sewing workshops to encourage up-cycling – taking unwanted clothes that would otherwise by thrown away and reinventing them.

So, clean out your wardrobe, grab up to 10 of your best pre-loved items and take them to one of the drop-off points to swap them for tokens.

Then head along to the clothes swap to exchange the tokens for some fresh new threads.

Any remaining clothes from the swap will be available to purchase using tokens at the Wallan Youth Room for one month after the Clothes Swap Event. Change rooms will be provided.

The sewing workshops will teach clothes swap participants skills in basic hand sewing and repairing techniques so you can easily mend, and hem clothing that need a little TLC. These demonstrations will be held on a first come first served basis.

Drop-off locations include:

Broadford Youth Room

  • 3.30pm-5pm : 26-27 April; 3-4 and 10-11 May

Wallan Youth Room

  • 3.30pm-5pm: 28-29 April; 5-6 and 12-13 May
  • 9am-5pm: 14 May

The following items will not be accepted: underwear, bras, socks, hats/beanies, damaged items and clothes with school logos.

The clothes swap event is part of the Clothes Swap Project, a wider campaign that promotes sustainable fashion practices and educate people about the negative environmental impacts of “fast fashion”.

The term “fast fashion” refers to cheaply produced and priced clothing that is fast-tracked to stores. The practice encourages people to buy cheap new clothes to keep up with the latest trends, but they come at a high cost ethically and environmentally.

Australians send 85 per cent of the textiles we buy to landfill each year. We’re the second largest consumer of new textiles after the United States of America, with one person on average buying 27kg of clothing each year.

The Clothes Swap Project is possible thanks to a $9185 grant from the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning as part of the Community Mini-grant program. This program is part of Climate Ready Hume, a Victorian Government initiative, aiming to support positive climate change activities and action. For more information of how the Victorian Government is working with communities on climate change, visit their website.

Comments from Mitchell Youth Council Mayor Thomas Starkey

"The Mitchell Youth Council is super excited about this event. It’s good for the environment, plus it helps save money," he said.

"We want to educate people so they can make sustainable fashion choices – such as wearing clothes more than once, and buying quality items that might cost more but will last longer and are produced more sustainably.

"One of our goals is to raise awareness about climate change and protecting the environment."

Comments from Mayor Councillor Rhonda Sanderson

"This is a great initiative and I commend the Youth Council for it. I would encourage the community to get behind the project," she said.

"It’s inspiring to see our young leaders take local action against a global issue.

"We would also like to thank the Victorian Government for their support."

This page was last updated on 10 May 2021.