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NYC Charity Clothing Swap and Vegan Bake Sale on April 21st

Last year I had the privilege of organizing what turned out to be a pretty amazing event to raise funds for HEART, a humane education organization that teaches kids about human rights, animal protection and environmental ethics. We raised over $700 by holding a large scale charity clothing swap and vegan bake sale. This year, I’m doing it again, and I’m writing this guest post here to invite all you super vegans to come and join in what should be another fantastic event!

On Saturday, April 21st at Trinity Lower East Side Lutheran Parish from 11am – 2pm, eco-conscious fashionistas from around the city will come together to get their swap on.

How does it work? It’s easy. Go through your closets and grab all the stuff that no longer fits or that you just don’t wear. Bring it to the swap. Give it to the volunteers who will be putting things out on racks and tables (according to size and style), and then go look through all the amazing items others have contributed. You get to take as many items home as you brought to swap. I think our record holder last year was a woman who brought in 67 items and left with 67 items.

My favorite part about having a clothing swap fundraiser is that, while raising funds is important, the event itself helps to better the world. It promotes reusing instead of buying new. It helps bring together a community of caring (and fashion loving) people. Also, all the leftover items go to the local homeless and in-need population. Then, with a vegan bake sale to promote animal-free delicious food, we’ve made an impact for everyone. People, animals and the planet. Just like HEART.

If you buy your ticket in advance, you’ll save a few bucks and pay $12. Show up at the door and pay $15. If you’re a student, you can get in for $10. We wanted to make it affordable so everyone can participate, but also make it a great fundraiser so our impact goes beyond what’s accomplished at the swap.

And to further tempt you, at the vegan bake sale we’ll have thin mints, cookie dough truffles, cupcakes and so much more.

Check out the flier for all the details. We had a great turn out from SV folks last year. I hope to see many of you (and new faces!) again. You know with sponsors like Ecorazzi, Girlie Girl Army and Vaute Couture that it’s going to be a good time. The more people who come, the better it will be.

Still need convincing? Check out this one girl’s experience at last years swap.

If you have any questions, leave a comment on the post and I’ll get you an answer. Hope to see you there!


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    Olivia Lane

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    I love swaps Ali, especially clothing swaps! What a great idea! Hope this one is a success!

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    Thanks, Olivia! Love your book swap too! We moved farther north so I’m not in the city much but I hope to get to next years event!