Second Hand Store

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Second Hand Store
Timescale 2-3 months
Applicable to University Student, Manager/ Supervisor, Buisness, Educator/ Employed by a Education Facility
Impact Local
Price free

Overview

Start a second hand store at your university. Raise money for climate activities, campaigns or donation, whilst minimizing the consumption of new clothes.

Goals

Gathering money for green projects in a sustainable way, by making a clothes flee marked. Students, co workers or a third donate used clothes which ends in a flee marked where the organizers gather the money for a future campaign or donation for climate change. Reduce waste associated with fast fashion by starting a second hand store at your institution.


Timeline

An additional pre act) This does not need to be done, but is an idea. Show a film, talk or debate about the important of circulation of clothes and martials, ask about how often people by new clothes, how the fashion industry overproduce cheep clothes and how to help fix the problem. Introduce the your flee marked concept.


Day 1) Find a space where you can host the shop (can be temporary, e.g. a classroom). Create a case for a second hand shop initiative to present to your school, present to the necessary authority.

Day 2) After permission is giving book the space for the second hand shop. Figure out how to source your clothing- most likely from student donations. Advertise

Following days) Receive and gather the clothes donated a safe place until the event, and keep advertising and spreading the word. Give approximately 1 to 2 weeks for people to donate used clothes. Gather items needed to make the shop more functions, for example cloth racks and cashier system.

The day of the event) Set up, and run stalls. Afterwards clean and thank the people who gave you the space Gather the remaining clothes and store them.

Days after the event) Donate remaining clothes to a second hand store or another platform where it could be reused. Gather the money from the market and buy or invest in the climate campaign or donation you wished for, for example a rain collector for your school.

Ending) Advertise for the climate friendly investment you decided where you thank people for coming and proving that you spend the money on what you promised.

Full description

An additional pre act) This does not need to be done, but is an idea. Show a film, talk or debate about the important of circulation of clothes and martials, ask about how often people by new clothes, how the fashion industry overproduce cheep clothes and how to help fix the problem. Introduce the your flee marked concept.

Day one) Ask for permission to use a classroom in your school or place of choice for a few hours. Begin by creating a case for a second hand shop initiative to present to your school. In a UK university for example, you first present it to the sustainability officer, then the student officers, who you ask to present the idea to the university committee. Probably begin with planning a pop-up, with plans for a permanent one if there is an existing place in your school where one can be embedded. after agreement and the permission to have the flee marked. Here its a good to be very clear and organized before asking, about already with who is in charge of the event, how long its going to take, what resources you need and when you need it. In our case our school lended us a classroom and the tables an afternoon.

Day 2) After permission is giving announce and advertise for the event through what media or assembly is in your place of choice. Get the word out with Facebook, word of mouth, announcement in assembly, posters, that kind of thing. You can maybe come up with an incentive system. One example is as follows "after getting permission by the staff and headmaster, we announced at a morning assembly where we explained the reality of the clothes industry being very toxic in terms of the massive overproduction and our overconsuming ways. Which leads to the clothes flee marked concept of circulation of the clothes that has already been made and could be used by someone else." Explain how it is going to take place and that people can come to you or however way easiest to hand in the clothes over the giving time up to the event. Then, you can end with explaining where the money being raised should be used. In our case we where unaware about how much money we would get, so we said we would gather money for a climate friendly donation to the school. Where after seeing the result we could decide what to buy, which was a rain collector for the gardener.


Following days) Receive and gather the clothes donated a safe place until the event, and keep advertising and spreading the word. Give approximately 7 to 2 weeks days for people to donate used clothes. Keep reminding people to deliver their old clothes that they don't want anymore, have a container where it can be dumped, or involve the teachers or co workers to helped remind. Make posters and put them around the school, town or where it fits your destination. They can be as simple as you want. Encourage in the posters, social media, your school social platform and casual reminder about the project every 3 day or how you feel fit. In our case we encourage the students to also talk with their parents and siblings and bring clothes from them as well. Don't be shy to remind people, because its natural to forget. Gather items to make the shop more functional: Figure out how many clothing racks you need, find where to source them (probably available second hand). Consider the amount of clothing you have or expect to have collected. Come up with a changing room facility? Repurposed curtains, a mirror. Source a cashier system if needed- cash box and a card reader, or maybe an app. Figure out staffing- probably only 1-2 people at a time.

The day of the event) Set up stalls where you and your helpers can sort the clothes and things in as many stalls as you feel makes sense and can manage. Welcome people and make a nice atmosphere, with some music and set the stalls up nicely a good idea is to set the prices relatively low. Divide the group its a good a idea to be a few people to manage the different stalls. With payment cash is of cause smart, be sure to have some change if you can. In our case we used an app call Mobile Pay where we chose one phone number to be the one people transferred the money too. Close the marked after a few hours, or as long as makes sense to your crowd and resources. Afterwards clean and thank the people who gave you the space, and gather the remaining clothes and safe it. You can figure out yourselfs what the smartest way of keeping the clothes before donating the remaining items.


Days after the event) Gather the remaining clothes and donate it to a second hand store or another platform where it could be reused. Be aware that some clothes donation NGOs are better than others of handling the deposal of clothes, Red Cross should be a trustworthy NGO when it comes to disposal of fabrics in a environmental friendly way. Gather the money from the marked and buy or invest in the climate campaign or donation you wished for for example a rain collector for your school.

Ending) Advertise for the climate friendly investment you decided where you thank people for coming and proving that you spend the money on what you promised. Its a good idea to keep the people who donated involved in the process and feel like they did something good, the goal is to promote circulation of clothes and if people have good and fun experiences they are more likely to continue the idea of exchanging clothes.

Tips & Comments

This idea can be change and managed exactly how you want it. Feel free to play with the structure, maybe you don't want money evolved but only shaping of clothes. You can also use different martials to circulate, it does not have to be clothes. Or focus more on the educational side than of the raising money for something else. What we did was to focus on blending in education with action. So we showed our school for a movie night a film called “The true cost” which explains the environmental issue with the clothes industry, which was really shocking for a lot and informative. And then in a fellow up to the film we arrange the clothes marked event.

Links

Proposal for a second hand shop Documentary about the fashion industry