re.DRESS: Swap-and-Sell Your Clothes

What’s a girl who’s into achieving a zero-waste lifestyle to do with clothes that she doesn’t need anymore?

Last June 24, I attended the re.DRESS event at Pook Amorsolo covered court where I swapped my pre-loved clothes with other attendees’ clothes. I took home 6 tops, which I added to my collection of casual clothing. It was a new “shopping” experience, only this time, I didn’t need to spend my money. All I had to do was bring my pre-loved clothes and start swapping. I turned in 9 pieces, and snagged 6 tops from the DRESSycle rack since I decided to donate the rest ☺

sellers 1 …and everything preloved!

luggage sales Don’t you want to snag one of those pairs?

buyers Excited residents living nearby flocked to the event.

During the event, I met some people who share the same advocacy on zero-waste living and a sustainable lifestyle. Thanks to Fashion Revolution (a group that aims to promote sustainable fashion and raise awareness on the realities of today’s fashion), I came to know about re.DRESS.

diana and pam Diana Clara Mendoza (center) of Yatu Crafts upcycles common into accessories. Pam Hopilos, (right), searches through thrift shops for hippie pieces to add to her collection, Lost Hippie.

re.DRESS’ founder Bonsai Cielo pushes for alternative ways in handling our clothing to minimize clutter, caring for our clothes so that other people can still use them, and spending less on clothes, in general.

bonsai and family Founder of re.DRESS Bonsai Cielo with husband and daughter. Bonsai is with her two team members who also designed the costumes for the characters of a children’s play of a famous theater company here in the Philippines.

Dig this: take care of your own pieces of clothing, and if you soon feel the need to change your wardrobe, watch out for re.DRESS’ event, take part in it, and swap your clothes with those of other people.

Phoebe Blas of Mean Living Ph practices a zero-waste lifestyle and participates in sell-and-swap events to minimise spending and to avoid buying things on a whim. Phoebe encourages us to take good care of our clothes so that they last, and be in good condition to be sold or swapped.

phoebe and mark Phoebe Blas of Mean Living PH and her supportive boyfriend Mark

During the re.DRESS event, there were three segments:

DRESSolution where you swap or buy pre-loved clothes and accessories with the sellers. You can offer something you think the seller would like in exchange for one item from their rack;

seller Colorful preloved clothes adorned this rack.

pam hopilos and lost hippie apparel The Lost Hippie booth by Pam Hopilos

DRESSurect where Bonsai and other re.DRESS members do some minor repairs on your clothes;

bonsai cielo and sewing

DRESSycle where you basically get one pre-loved item and leave one, too! Just make sure that the items that you leave can still be worn. Avoid bringing clothes with holes, rips, or tears. Consider the new owners of your clothes, too.

their new haul Their new haul.

The clothes that haven’t been “adopted” are sent out as donations. This time, the recipients of the clothes were fire victims around Metro Manila. It’s good to know that the clothes we brought could still be used and would be given directly to people who need them.

mia vendor Check out Mia’s rack! I’m sure you’d love her trendy pieces.

One of my goals this year is to meet people who share the same advocacy in upcycling, sustainable living, and adopting a zero-waste lifestyle. Never did I expect that they would be present at the re.DRESS event. I’m definitely looking forward to their future gigs to meet more people who promote awareness on sustainable living, sustainable fashion, zero-waste practices, and upcycling. Next time you attend, don’t forget to BYOB! 🙂

sellers Join the re.DRESS event next time!

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Interested in sell-and-swap events? What are your thoughts about upcycling or zero-waste living?