Clothing Swap and Textile Reduce & Reuse Fair

Sunday August 15 (Rain date August 21)

10:00am-Noon at Fuller Park

Join us at Fuller Park (4802 Grand Ave So, Minneapolis) for our two part event aimed at reducing textile waste. Participate in our clothing swap emptying your drawers of unwanted items and finding gems in other people’s unwanted items while learning and gaining resources from our organizations and businesses who will be tabling. If you’d like to volunteer to help make the event a reality, sign up here. Masks are encouraged for unvaccinated and high risk attendees.

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Clothing Swap:

Bring clothing items you no longer want or need (in clean, wearable condition -something you would give to a friend) to share in our swap then “shop” the items others have brought.  No need to bring items to take items, so feel free to come and shop the swap no matter what!  Mens, womens, and kids clothing of all sizes to be included. If bringing donations, please start at the check in table.

Swap Restrictions:

  1. Limit of 10 items per person to donate; no restriction on the number of items you can leave with
  2. Only clothing in good condition – no stains or holes; not worn out – only bring if you would gift it to a friend
  3. No undergarments
  4. No socks 
  5. No adult sized pajamas
  6. No workout clothing/yoga pants
  7. No clothing with embroidered or screen printed personalization (ie. team sweatshirts)
  8. No housewares, bedding, linens or toys

Textile Reduce & Reuse Fair

A variety of organizations and local businesses focused around textile use/waste/reuse will be available for people to engage with, gain knowledge and skills, shop products, donate textiles for reuse, and more. 

Fair participants include:

Repair Lair is one of the only shops in the US that sells and repairs second hand camping gear and clothing. The goal is to keep stuff out of the landfill and save consumers money by giving them the option to repair or purchase used instead of new. Their experts will be offering you advice on your repairs and collecting a limited amount of outdoor items for repurposing.

Mulberrys Garment Care handing out coupons, cupcakes, and advice on your laundering needs.

Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling will be debuting a new “Love your Stuff” educational table focused on waste reduction. They will have facts related to manufacturing, use and disposal of plastics, textiles and food to encourage attendees to shop smart and “Love your stuff” to reduce waste. There will also be recycling and organics information available

Kid A is a secondhand marketplace in Tangletown that makes selling, buying and donating quality used kid gear as easy as possible. At this table, you can drop off outgrown kid/baby gear that you want to sell (click to see what Kid A accepts), or sign up for a home pickup later. They will also be selling a variety of used toys and baby gear. 

Buy Nothing Kingfield/East Harriet/Tangletown is our local Buy Nothing group on Facebook. The Buy Nothing Project is a world wide movement to bring people together in hyper-local groups so that they might meet each other’s needs through a gift economy: offering gifts to (whether material or gifts of self/time/talent) and asking for gifts from others in their given group. Through these exchanges in the past year+ hundreds of person-to-person connections have been made right here in South Minneapolis. The volunteer administrator and moderator of our local group will spread the word about the group and the Buy Nothing Project’s mission.

Happify local graphic designer and textile creator motivated by social justice/climate change with a focus on waste streams (specifically waste reduction, secondhand/reuse, repair/mending). She’ll help share tips and tricks for fixing your clothes!

Donate Good Stuff helps people find the best home for their donations. The website lists hundreds of items needed by nonprofits, plus all the information people need to get their donations to people who need them. There will not be a collect of items at this event, but there will be a reusable bag giveaway!

Somali American Women Action Center, more details coming soon.