Photo by Emmah Barber
Photo by Emmah Barber

On October 27, an event was held in downtown Kelowna at the Laurel Packing House for people in the community to buy and sell gently used clothing. This occasion was a part of the Great Closet Cleanout series of events that are aimed at helping people declutter their closets in a sustainable way.

These events are valuable for both buyers and sellers in the community as buyers are able to purchase clothing for reduced prices, while sellers are able to clean out their wardrobes and earn extra cash.

Buyers are charged a small entry fee of $5, whereas sellers are charged $50 to rent a table with additional fees for clothing racks. At the event this fall, there were 40-50 tables of clothing set up with hundreds of buyers filtering through between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Great Closet Cleanout also proudly supports local charities such as Mamas for Mamas. For students that are interested in attending a Great Closet Cleanout event, their next one is likely to take place in early spring of 2020.

Buying preloved clothing is a better alternative to fast fashion and is a good way for students to save money. In addition to the Great Closet Cleanout events, UBCO students can check out Value Village in Rutland using the 8 Route Bus, and they can also look out for clothing swaps that take place on campus each year.