Monthly Archives: October 2009

Spring Swapping with Whitehorse City Council

On Sunday just passed, as a keen team of three we jumped in the new Clothing Exchange van and headed for Nunawading Civic Centre. We were happy to reunite with Kate Patkin and Kirsten Friend- the wonderful women who ensure that the Whitehorse City Council precinct has a great festive time. The Spring Festival was the order of the sunny day with the centre filled to the brim with stalls and entertainment. Shame we were scheduled for the same time as Vasily as we would have like to learn more about his garden! It was a smooth-running swap for a nice diverse crowd, with grannies bringing their vintage nightgowns to swap for the young ladies casual wear. The denim seemed the highlight as many happy swappers left with new jeans amongst their pile. We left the lovely Council ladies with a swap-capacity-building program kit- so they can launch their own swaps in the future but we sure hope they call us again!

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RMIT Business Plan Competition

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Last wednesday Kate and Juliette attended the RMIT Business Plan Competition presetation night – and what a night it was! It was a delight to see the boys from ourevent.info win the big prize; such a worthwhile project that definitely deserves the funding and support. The Clothing Exchange also managed to squeeze in and be awarded the Encouragement Award, which really took us by surprise.

So a big Thankyou to RMIT for involving us in this amazing competition and Prof Margaret Gardner AO and Marcus Powe for their continual support.

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Pitching at the World Social Enterprise Forum

For the first time, the World Social Enterprise Forum was held in Melbourne and RMIT Seeds ensured that The Clothing Exchange was invited into the Lion’s Den to pitch their project to a panel of investors. Kate unraveled her spiel- got a few laughs over discussions of ‘housefill’ and other wasteful truths about overconsumption. The idea appealed to the judges who thought their daughters should come and swap too, but they also advised us to not try and achieve too much but to focus on what we do best- hosting great swaps in Australia. So should The Clothing Exchange refute the judges wise words and extend across the globe? I think we’ll have a hard time curbing our will to dream and invent more ways to share swapping! The Forum was a great opportunity to meet and reconnect with some great social entrepreneurs out there… Bronwyn Darlington from Rise up ethical clothing was there and Danny, the CEO from Engineers without Borders was up for a friendly chat. Google both those organisations because they’re up to some exciting stuff!

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Welcome Perth

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It is our greatest pleasure to annouce that the gorgeous city of Perth with be hosting home to The Clothing Exchange! Vanessah and Mia will be the lovely hosts at the events, with the first one scheduled on Thursday 27th October! So book your tickets online to secure your spot.

For all related Perth enquiries please email Vanessah on perth@clothingexchange.com.au

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Rethreads Sydney Swap Extravaganza

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Some amazing photographs from Rethreads in Sydney – the largest swap known of attracting around 1700 people! Unbelievable!

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Happy swappers!

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and of course the amazing team in Sydney who made this all happen!!

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