Broadland: Kids Clothes and Book Swap - Refresh their wardrobe for free!

Clothes swap 19 February Aylsham Town Hall

Norfolk parents, guardians and carers are being invited to a free Kids Clothes and Book Swap on Monday 19 February from 12pm to 3:30pm at Aylsham Town Hall.

Parents spend an average of £764 a year on clothing for their children. At this unique event, parents, carers and guardians will have the opportunity to refresh their children’s wardrobes for free.

This swap is the perfect opportunity for Norfolk’s parents and guardians to swap the clothes their children have, refresh their toy boxes or simply discover some hidden gems. By swapping rather than throwing away, residents will also be helping Broadland to reduce its waste and to deliver ecological transformation.

Veolia and Broadland District Council hosted a similar event last April and it was a huge success. 48 residents came along, donating 330 items and swapping 190. All that was leftover was reused or recycled with the rest of the textiles collected via the weekly textiles kerbside collection service.

Duncan McBurney, Contract Manager for Veolia Broadland said:

"By reusing items instead of throwing them away we’re preserving resources, which is key to our drive for ecological transformation. We know buying new garments for kids can be expensive, so we are pleased the event will help local residents looking to save money, whilst building a more sustainable community.”

Councillor Jan Davis, Broadland Portfolio Holder for Environmental Excellence said:

“This is a great idea and last year’s event was very popular and this is a fantastic example of reuse and recycle that not only benefits our residents, but also our environment. We all know that times are difficult at the moment with new clothes, toys and books falling down the list of priorities for many families. This event allows people to swap clothes their children have grown out of and replace toys and books for those that are more age appropriate.”

Taking place from 12pm at Aylsham Town Hall, residents will be able to donate up to 10 pieces of unwanted, good quality children' s clothing and up to 10 books, each which will earn them one digital token.

Between 2pm and 3:30pm, residents can then come back and exchange their digital tokens for items to take home.

Please note this event is for good quality clothing only. Items which will not be accepted as part of the clothes swap include: accessories (such as jewellery and bags), nightwear, swimwear, underwear and adult size clothes or shoes.

All clothing must be in good clean condition. Items that have shrunk, are stained or need repairing will be placed in a dedicated textile recycling station and will not count towards the token system. At the end of the event, all unclaimed items will be donated to Veolia’s textile recycling partner and used for mattress fillers, car seat fillers or rags for wipers in the motor industry.

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Published: 25 January 2024