Thursday, August 14, 2008

Back to school Don't Shop; SWAP!

Well my ladies Kathie Sever and Bernadette Noll ( pictured above) have done it again! I love everything about this event and please don't miss it if you are in Austin. This Saturday 10-2pm! I'll be there helping out and hopefully swapping and UPcycling away with my kids. Read a more in-depth article about it on Craft here.

WHAT: Don't Shop; Swap - Clothes swap on Tax free shopping day

WHEN: Saturday,August 16th. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

WHO: This event is being sponsored by the Future Craft Collective and The Zilker Green Committee

WHERE: Zilker Elementary School Gymnasium 1900 Bluebonnet Lane 78704

WHY: Because it's time for back to school shopping but we'd rather swap than shop. We can make a difference by utilizing what's already out there and minimize our impact on our already overtaxed planet.

Those that attend can bring their clothes which will then be sorted into various piles of gender and size and variety. In the style of Swap a rama rama, seen at last year's Maker Faire, we will have sewing machines lined up operated by seamstresses from the community who can help people alter and reconstruct the clothes they find in the piles.

We are hoping to alleviate the pressure on families to spend money they might not have and to buy things they don't need or want. There is definitely pressure applied to consume, to over extend, and it is our hope that we can help people realize that it's way more fun and creative to share what is already out there and for each person to define their own style - thereby making the idea of hand-me-downs and clothes swapping "cool" in the eyes of the kids. And "green" in the eyes of our planet.

1 comment:

Kathie Sever said...

um, i swear to god i don't wear that hat everyday. same trip, different fantastic babe next to me.