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Growing up with a rather penny-pinching mother, Rebecca Rivero has lived her entire life on hand-me-downs.
“My mom is one of the best frugal people; she can make $12 last you a week and a half,” Rivero said. “I’ve learned so much from her.”
With a lifetime of lessons from Mom under her belt, Rivero has organized the Campus-wide Clothing, Shoes and Accessories Exchange that will take place on Saturday, May 21 from noon to 4 p.m. The exchange will allow students to add some new pieces to their wardrobe while cleaning out their old ones.
“I like the idea because it’s sustainable and practical to have clothes available for free, practically next door,” Rivero said.
On April 30, Rivero and a committee of volunteers placed several donation boxes in locations both on and off campus, including all residence hall laundry rooms and lounges, the New York Apartments and the Viking Union sixth-floor lobby. For the past two weeks, the clothes, shoes and accessories in each donation box were collected daily and stored away.
The donation collection will continue until Wednesday, May 18, when volunteers will begin sorting them for the exchange.
“I’m so surprised at some of the items donated so far, like nice suit jackets, sweaters, T-shirts and jeans,” Rivero said. “We have almost 300 items in Buchanan Towers so far, which is amazing.”
On the day of the exchange, all of the donations will be organized on tables and racks located in the Fairhaven Commons, the Ridgeway Commons and Red Square.
“For as much as there is going on at Western, there aren’t a lot of things that are campus-wide, so the exchange on May 21 will give people the chance to go to different places on campus,” said Emma Burges, a volunteer representing Ridgeway. “It’s a cool community builder to be able to see what other people have to donate.”
Donations on the day of the event are also welcome at any of the three locations. To keep the donations anonymous, volunteers will sort through items donated during the exchange.
“We take your clothes when you come in, look through them, sort them and put them on the tables for you,” Rivero said. “I want to keep that anonymity.”
Anyone is welcome to come sort through and take as many pieces as they would like, completely free of charge. The exchange works on a first-come, first-serve basis, and it is not necessary to donate items in order to take anything home. All unclaimed items at the end of the event will be donated to local clothing banks.
“A lot of people say that they want to get more involved and that they want to do more community service, but they’re really busy,” Rivero said. “This gives someone the opportunity to be part of a bigger-picture, community endeavor without that much work.”