The start of school is just around the corner, which means back to school shopping is under way for most parents and students.
Something “new” is out there, according to Grace Brooke of Santa Rosa.
Brooke, who dubs herself an “efficiency specialist,” is hosting a back to school clothing swap on Saturday.
The idea is this: parents show up with clothes their students have outgrown (stuff must be in good shape and clean) and receive a ticket for each item they drop off. They can then use those tickets to pick up “new to you” clothes that other parents have turned in.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to get these children involved in recycling what they have and get something new for them and it helps parents,” she said.
Drop off begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and doors to the swap open at 9:45 a.m. The event ends at 1 p.m. Parents can come any time during that time with clothes and volunteers will sort the items according to size.
Brooke says the exercise can also help students take charge of their wardrobes by contemplating what they actually want and will still wear. It also spurs interest in reuse and recycling, she said.
The event is free and there will be refreshments and a raffle.
Brooke will donate all unclaimed clothes to Sutter Hospice on Piner Road.
The swap will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at New Vintage Church, 3300 Sonoma Ave. in Santa Rosa.