SECOND HAND, ONCE A STIGMA WAS REBRANDED TO VINTAGE AND BECAME ALL THE RAGE PARTIALLY DRIVEN BY SUSTAINABILITY THINKING. HOW TIMES CHANGE.
That makes all the sense. So much so that it filled Slagthuset recently with people eager to empty closetsful of stuff they did not need or thought someone else had better use for. This was “Loppis med Lyx” so there were Hermes, Polo, Dior, Lagerfeld, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and many more brands both on the tables with offerings and the bodies that traversed amongst them on a rainy Sunday. As the doors opened there was a steady stream looking for that extra addition to a wardrobe or a bargain. Some of the clothes had never even been worn, the explanation given that people are just too lazy to return them.. Talk about impulse buys…
I passed the double row of stands in the main hall with curiosity. Being someone putting comfort over fashion wearing the same model of blue jeans for the last three decades and rather wearing in than out clothes I stood amused in the initial frenzy. The facebook billing had stated that there would even be an influencer hawking her wardrobe. I could not pick the one out in the crowd.
However I was there for the reason in the very back of the market. There I found the energetic Jane Olsson with a colleague from SWOPSHOP readying for a popup clothes SWOP. Jane have taken the idea of sustainability a step further and was here to trade clothes item for item. By 1030 there were a determined crowd of women getting in line to trade in what they no longer wore or in some case never worn (labels still attached) for an IOU with the same number of items to be collected later in the day.
As the two hour trade in window closed Jane and her colleague added to the received clothing by emptying a half dozen of the ubiquitous blue IKEA bags onto the tables and prepared for about fifty eager clients to #SWOPPA. As it got on the way one woman went straight for black and white striped items and walked away with two sweaters. There was a sole man at the table of menswear who picked out two jackets and a sweater before a few women came over to perhaps seek out a gift or two for the males in their life or themselves. For those who could not find what they were looking for Jane kept a list so they could pick up the same number of items in the downtown SWOPSHOP.
As the rag dust settled there was a glass of bubbly for all. Cheers to Jane and her crew for the work she puts in.