Swap ‘til You Drop

Photo by Maria Shields O’Kelly.

Photo by Maria Shields O’Kelly.

Who wouldn’t like to revamp their wardrobe for free? Thanks to Sueann Moore and some of her friends, along with Ringsend Community Services Forum, you can do just that.

NewsFour spoke to Moore at the debut Swap-shop in Ringsend Stadium, which took place on Saturday 24th January. “I love charity shops and recycling, so when I saw people struggling who put their children first but leave themselves without a stitch, I thought it would be nice for them to be able to swap clothes that they have and get free clothes in the process.”

The organisers asked that the items be in good condition, and many of the items still had tags on them. If you do not want to part with any clothes, you may still have a rummage through the rails for a donation of €2. The proceeds went to the Inner City Helping Homeless Soup Run, which takes place on Wednesday nights. “I was looking for a charity to donate to and homelessness is close to people’s hearts. Hopefully, we can raise funds for the homeless while recycling. I would also like to extend it to bags and accessories and maybe have some tea and cakes,” Moore said.

There was no shortage of children playing around on the day too. The girls had fun dressing up and the boys had fun avoiding dress up by hiding under the table. Johanna Wojsa, who dropped in with her son, told us, “It is a great way to meet other people from the community. I can be busy talking and the children can be busy playing. Win win.”

“I’m after getting a whole new wardrobe,” said Anna Maria Prince, who helped to set the event up. “I wasn’t sure what to expect but I’ve gotten a new pair of jeans with tags on. I have too many dresses at home so I decided to get rid of them and swop for something else.”

Helen Walsh was delighted with her new items. “I brought five items and am leaving with five items. It is a great way of recycling clothes. I have some new outfits and now I am going to have to go out on the town to show them off.”

It is hoped that the next swap-shop will be in Ringsend Community Centre

To find out more call Sueann Moore 0851393571 or visit https://www.facebook.com/RingsendCommunityServicesForum
For more on Inner City Helping Homeless http://www.innercityhelpinghomeless.ie/

By Maria Shields O’Kelly