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Clothes swap event - secondhand doesn't mean second best!


Clothes swapping is the easy way to update your wardrobe. It's guilt-free shopping with no cost to your wallet or the environment. Just bring along your good quality items you no longer wear and exchange them for something new to you.

How does it work?

  • Date: Friday, 20 April.
  • Location: First Floor (Conference Rooms 1 and 2), The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN
  • Time: 11am - 12pm: Drop off up to eight unwanted, good quality items and earn one token per item.
  • We can accept a maximum of eight items per person.
  • Items accepted: good quality clothes, shoes, handbags and other accessories.
  • Items not accepted: bad quality items (ripped, torn, stained, broken zips, etc) jewellery, underwear, nightwear, swimwear or babies and children's clothes.
  • Have lunch or a coffee, visit the library, then come back.
  • 1pm - 4pm: Browse the rails and exchange new items for tokens.
  • 3pm - 4pm: You can buy items even if you don't have tokens - we'll just ask for a small donation to charity. Any items remaining by 4pm will be donated to charity.

Please bring your own reusable bags to take items home. Carrier bags will not be provided. This event is for good quality, unwanted clothing only, if you have any unwearable clothing, this can either be repaired, or recycled in a textile bank. There is also another clothes swap is also being help on Friday 27 April at Premier Inn, Adelaide Street, St Albans, AL3 5BH.

Clothes Swaps are an important way to fight 'fast fashion', which is creating an environmental crisis due to the amount of resources such as carbon, water, fuel and land that are required to make and transport new items. The textile industry is considered one of the most polluting industries in the world. Every year, Hertfordshire residents throw over 7000 tonnes of textiles into landfill, when they could have been reused, repaired or recycled. Clothes in landfill release methane, which is a harmful greenhouse gas. For more information, please visit WasteAware's textile page.