It was not quite the Boxing Day sales, but keen shoppers at Yackandandah were rushing through the town hall doors on Saturday to pick up new items at the town’s clothes swap event.
They did not need money, but button tokens they received for donating their own clothing items.
The goal was to grab a new outfit and help others do the same, without wasting good clothes which were not wanted or needed anymore.
Yackandandah’s Vicki Honey was very happy with what she walked away with: jumpers that were either mostly or 100 per cent made of wool, Levi jeans and a cute red vest.
She was looking for clothes which would keep her warm in the winter months.
“I think these will be helpful in the office,” she said.
“I go through clothes like you wouldn’t believe.
“I absolutely try to sew them back up, but it gets to the point you can’t.”
Ms Honey donated items including a silk suit she did not wear anymore.
“I didn’t want to throw it away, but hopefully someone will appreciate it. I just think this is such a good idea, we have so much waste,” she said.
The clothes swap event was hosted by Plasticwise Yackandandah as part of a series of events for Plastic Free July and involved more than 100 pieces of clothing.
Attendees were also given a presentation by 17-year-old student Jespah Cropley, who is passionate about the issue of microbeads – tiny plastic particles found in beauty products or shampoos which can end up in the ocean.
He said he wanted to help make people aware of the dangerous effects of these microbeads on the environment.
“A lot of people are more aware of microbeads than they used to be,” he said.
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