Little Projects // Cloth exchange party Graz //Fairfashion and Sustainability
I grew up wearing and most importantly loving second hand fashion. I had a pair of bright green converse All-Stars already 15 years old when I got them and wore them till they fell apart. When I go to flea markets it has often to do with positive feelings for the seller and if they tell me nice stories about a shirt or jeans, I easily fall in love in clothes with history.
So I organized my second cloth-exchange-party this year. The first one was in february and pretty nice and this one last sunday even topped it. This time had a lovely team supporting me. Hedi translated the events description into arabic. Sascha helped me with the preparation of the room. Sara and Nicole baked gorgeous cakes. Manuel served us a super tasty peruvian lunch.
So why did I tend to give away plenty of my wardrobe to such exchange parties instead of selling it? A major reason is most likely that I hate to fight about prices and value. A good parley makes me super happy, don't get me wrong. But on several fleamarkets I visited lately the appreciation for goods has declined. So I prefer to give my stuff away either for free or for "pay as you wish" and made wonderful experiences with both concepts.
On such cloth-exchange parties I especially love to see when a girl pics one of my old pieces, which I had not worn for ages because I looked like a sausage, and she just looks faboulus and pretty in it. For me it's often less important to find a bag full of new stuff but to use the chance to check my wardrobe and see what I really wear and also get rid of stuff I don't need. There is more lovely clothing in the world than anyone could wear and its a pity if real treasures dust in your wardrobe because you haven't the right size, or mood, its not the fitting season or you just prefer another shirt. It happens to all of us. So I try to get rid of one to two pieces - sometimes I works better then others.
When I buy new clothing I really try to take care on fair fashion. To buy only cloth without human or animal exploitation. I like vegan friendly stuff and pieces which cost a little more but are produced without childlabour. This just gives me a good feeling. But to be honest...I really hate shopping and hardly ever buy a bunch of new clothes. I buy more second hand and when it comes to this I'm less strict with my criterias.
Why? When there is a nice shirt,which is already produced I think it's better to use it then to get a new one made, even under fair conditions. So the ressources get better used in my opinion. Also when stuff is worn for some time, most of the chemicals have been washed out and the fabric feels better to my skin.
So after the nice positive day and the lovely feedback I recieved I'll organize the next event most likely in late summer before the autumn begins so that we can use the season change to resort our wardrobes and hopefully find nice new pieces and see happy faces when somebody walks off with our old ones.