Countdown to the Clothes Swap

All this sunny weather has had me digging into my summer clothes - and there are definitely some things that I will be editing out of this summer and taking to the clothes swap!

You still have enough time to purge a few things from your wardrobe and bring them to Manifold on Saturday October 10 at 11am!

As you go through your closet, have a think about what you are looking to add or replace so that you can keep those items in mind the day of the swap. 

It's also a good idea to wear items to the event that you can easily try clothes on over top of or are easy to change out of. Here is a great article that has some useful tips to help you maximize the experience at the clothes swap.

We look forward to seeing you for another fun day of clothes swapping next week!

Saturday, October 10th from 11am-2pm
Manifold Coworking and Events Space
21 Devon Street West (Upstairs)

Entry fee: $5 and some clothes to swap!

Katherine Blaney

Coming to the Clothes Swap?

Here's a guide to let you know what to expect for this event!

First a little bit of background - I've been living in New Plymouth for a few years now and have been missing a couple things from my years in Vancouver - one of them was a great clothes swap event that I have attended in the past. So, because the awesome folks at Manifold have such a great space, I approached them about hiring the venue to host this event. They were more than happy to get involved so here we are.

I know there are many different takes on clothes swapping - anything from a quiet evening with friends at home, to a girls night out event with bubbles and fashion shows. For me, I really liked the up-cycling angle taken by the event I attended but realized that it might be a bit much to take on with my first attempt so I decided to keep it very simple. I also aimed to keep the event open and inclusive without too many barriers or requirements to participating. So without further adieu...

What to expect at the clothes swap this Saturday:

  • Arrive anytime between 11am-3pm with your bag of clothes that you're ready to pass on to someone else. Be sure they are clothes you're happy to see go.
  • Pay your $5 entry fee (so that we can cover the venue hire - and possibly create a fund to hire "experts" for future events - see below). Please remember it's cash only.
  • While your clothes get sorted into categories like "ladies short-sleeved tops", "dresses" or "mens pants" you can start perusing the clothes that have already been sorted. They will be piled on tables through the space. (They might start off folded neatly but after a few people have held them up and thought "not for me" they will probably end up in a big pile! But that's ok, the items will be clean, and in good condition - as long as everyone has stuck to that rule!)
  • You can browse through the piles and take home anything from them. You might wish to try a different style than you normally do, or you might find something that's a tad too big but you'll take to get altered. Maybe you're a seamstress yourself and have plans to transform the item in your sewing room - whatever you find, you can take home.
  • You may wish to sit down for a coffee or tea to socialize with friends (current and new!).
  • All the while, as each person arrives, their clothes will be sorted and put out on the tables. Our volunteers will be adding clothes to the piles as each new batch of contributions arrives. A wide range of attendees ensures that we'll have a wide range of styles and sizes so bring your friends!
  • We may not have formal, individual changing rooms so you may have to trust the ol' "hold it up and hope for the best" version of trying it on. There will be toilets down the hall and there may be a communal changing area for those who are comfortable with that. Of course, you can try things on over your clothes too.
  • You can stay for the full event or you might find an hour is plenty of time for you to pick up a few (or more!) items that you can't wait to show off!
  • When 3pm rolls around, people will go home with new-to-them clothes - hopefully everyone feels like they got their $5 worth :) From there, our lovely volunteers will pack up all leftover items and they will be donated to the Taranaki Women's Refuge. 

The day is meant to be a positive way to reuse clothing that might otherwise be collecting dust in a closet! The items on offer are completely dependant on what each attendee contributes as they arrive. It's a bit of a lucky dip in that way but that's part of the fun! This event is being run to gauge whether it's the right sort of event for the community or whether we'll be making changes for future events. 

One aim in the future is to offer DIY stations manned by experts who will help you upcycle items right then and there with their sewing skills or screen-printing skills. Other ideas might be to run it as a social event as much as a community event and have music and nibbles and drinks, or to operate on a more structured token-based system if that's what the attendees' feedback indicates. Before all of these grand plans though, I just wanted to make sure that there were people interested in coming to an event like this! 

Because it's the first one, we can't say we have the formula exactly right but we'll be taking feedback throughout the event and through a survey afterwards (if you wish to sign up) so that we can create a fun event that people look forward to. So I hope to see you there and we can start a fun community event for swapping our clothes!

If you wish to drop your clothes off before the event, feel free to come by Manifold between 5-7pm on Friday or from 10am on Saturday.

Katherine Blaney

Manifold Opening Day

On Friday we opened our doors to the public for the first time. We began with an Open Day, inviting the curious souls along to see our space and learn about coworking. The was a nice turn out and we enjoyed meeting those who popped in and hearing about their work. We had the team from Ozone Coffee swing by with a much appreciated welcome parcel and we got to meet some of the neighbours; a friendly, diverse and dynamic bunch. The atmosphere moved naturally into a more social space as the day passed and with the arrival of Mike's Beer, our generous event sponsor, the crowed really stated to fill in. All in all it was a very successful, fun day and we feel humbled, inspired and encouraged by the response to our efforts so far. 

We would like to thank Mike's Organic Brewery for their support in sponsoring the event, we're both huge fans of Mike's and are honoured to be involved with them, they're good people! We would also like to thank Abi Hackling Photography for abstaining from Mikes tasty offerings, for concentrating on the task at hand and for taking such wonderful photographs of the night. Abi's eye for detail, ability to capture candid moments and overall service comes highly recommended.  Finally we would like to thank those who turned up on the day to see what we're up to and to show their support. We have some wonderful friends in the community and we can't thank you all enough.