As someone who has an appreciation for fashion, but balks at the amount of waste created by the “fast fashion” industry, I’ve always been a fan of clothing swaps.
My friends and I often get together with anything we’re ready to get rid of, throw it all in a pile and lay claim to anything we like before we cart the rest off to a donation box somewhere. One woman’s trash is another woman’s new favourite little black dress!
So when I came across the Kind Exchange, which basically operates like a (much more organized) clothing swap, but on a much larger scale, I was thrilled!
You can bring your old, gently-used clothes to Kind Exchange (after checking to see what they’re accepting at the moment) and they will either pay you for your items, or you can trade them in for something new to you from the boutique. On top of that, a percentage of the sale of your items goes to a local charity.
I love the concept and I also love the clothes and accessories. I picked up one of my favourite rings there and every time I wear it, someone compliments me on it. It doesn’t hurt that everything there is extremely reasonably priced either.
If you’re feeling particularly benevolent, you can also choose to donate your used clothing and have the money you would have received for them go directly to a charity of your choice within their network of charitable organizations.