AS Sustainability hosts Clothing Swap Extravaganza

Clothes Swap Extravaganza
Students gathered in Bell Memorial Union on Dec. 8 to trade clothes with each other. Photo credit: Taylor Sinclair

Chico State’s Associated Students Sustainability hosted its first Clothing Swap Extravaganza on Dec. 8.

At the event students could pick out new clothes that were donated by other students while watching the movie “Elf” and munching on holiday treats.

Sarah Anderson, a junior sociology major and marketing intern for A.S. Sustainability, was sitting in class when she thought of the idea for the clothing swap.

“It was an environmental policy class and we talked about ‘reduce, reuse, recycle,'” Anderson said. “Then someone mentioned using clothes, and I wanted to do something with A.S. Sustainability as my own project.”

The Clothing Swap Extravaganza worked like a trade market. Students could bring in used clothes that they no longer wanted and pick out new clothes that other students had brought. Students were only allowed to take as many items as they brought.

The number of participants was smaller than they had hoped, with only about 10 people showing up. However, Anderson hopes to try again next semester.

Before the clothing swap event, students could bring in used clothes from Dec. 1 through Dec. 5. The clothing had to be clean and without rips. A.S. Sustainability was also accepting accessories like purses, belts and scarves.

Clothes that were not picked out by students will be donated to a local organization called Shalom Free Clinic.

“I think this is a good way to get clothes instead of throwing clothes out,” Anderson said. “I know there are stores downtown that only except high-quality clothing. I think it’s a good idea because other college students may like the same style of clothing. I hope this gets bigger throughout the semesters.”

Taylor Sinclair can be reached at [email protected] or @TaySinclair17 on Twitter.