On Wednesday, January 15, CVU students walked into a transformed library. Tables were skewed across the front of the room with piles of clothes organized by different styles and pieces.
Throughout the day, groups of students filtered through the Clothing Swap, chatting with friends and shopping for donated, second-hand clothing pieces.
CVU’s third annual clothing swap has come and gone. The first two swaps occured last year, one in the fall and the other in the spring. This year, the clothing swap was combined into one event hosted in the library in mid-January, and produced a varied crowd of “shoppers.”
“My favorite aspect is there’s a lot of different people shopping and the normalization of second hand [shopping],” states Robin Lauzon, one of the main organizers of the Clothing Swap. Lauzon explains the roots of the swap and how a small idea was able to grow into a successful and multi-purposed event.Continue reading →
On Thursday, November 29, 2018, CVU hosted its first successful free clothing swap during school hours in the mini gym. The purpose of the swap was to allow others to share used clothing and gain access to clothes they may need, as well as encourage the reuse of resources. Who wouldn’t want to walk out of a room with free, gently used or brand new clothes, normally retailing at a high price when bought new? Not many would pass up on that offer.
“It was a big hit for faculty and kids,” said Dana Poulsen, Wellness Teacher in the Snelling Core at CVU. “It did what we wanted it to do, reached everyone and not just those who need it. In terms of the clothing quality, there was a wide range, from very expensive well-named clothes, such as Patagonia, to nursing scrubs, [and] formal attire to casual leggings.” Students and faculty were able to locate clothes they needed for free. By not charging money for the clothes, everyone was able to have access to the articles of clothing laid out across the tables.
Poulsen initially proposed the idea to Robin Lauzon, the Fairbanks and Chittenden House Director at CVU, who then put the idea to a group who figured out the details and gathered up donations for the swap.