AWC Going Dutch March 2020


The American Women's Club of The Hague's monthly magazine

Clothes Swap

by Jo Van Kalveen

Have you heard of the “20/80 rule

of wardrobes”? Apparently, we use

only 20% of our clothes 80% of the

time. The other 80% is just hanging there,

untouched (in my case making me feel guilty

every time I open my wardrobe!) before we

eventually discard it. In fact, 30% of clothing

in an average household closet has not been

worn for over a year and around 85% of our

used, unwanted textiles ends up in landfills.

As we have been talking about recently at the

AWC, when it comes to sustainability and

creating less waste, things need to change―

even on the smallest of scales.

With that in mind <>, I’d

like to encourage you all to join us at the inaugural

AWC’s Sip, Swap and Shop Clothes

Swap at the AWC Clubhouse on Wednesday,

March 25 from 6:30 p.m.

A clothes swap allows unworn clothes to get

a new lease of life in someone else’s wardrobe.

So clear out those closets, come along

on the 25th, enjoy some wine and refreshments

(the sip part), donate your unwanted

clothes and accessories (the swap part),

browse the rails, try things on and hopefully

return home with a few new items

of clothing for your reinvigorated wardrobe

(the shop part).


Sip, Swap and Shop Clothes Swap

AWC Clubhouse

Wednesday, March 25

6:30 p.m.

Free Entry if Donating

Or € 5 Entry Fee

How Does It Work?

Attendees who donate three or more items

of clothing will receive three tickets (handed

out at the event itself), which can be redeemed

against three items available in the

clothing sale. Attendees are welcome/encouraged

to donate more than three items of

clothing, but will still only receive a maximum

of three tickets in return.

Should attendees who donated wish to

“buy” more than three items of clothing, a

€ 5 fee will be charged per item. Attendees

who have not donated any items will be

charged a € 5 entry fee in addition to € 5 for

every item they wish to buy.

How to Donate

A drop-off box has been placed in the

AWC Front Office (under the wooden

bench) to enable you to drop off your donations

for the clothes swap. In order

for us to record how many “swap” tickets

you are entitled to, please label your

items with your name (stickers and pens

are in the box, if required) or email me at with the

number and type of items you have donated.

The box will be emptied on a regular basis.

Please consider donating items even if you

do not plan on attending the event. You can

also bring clothes with you to the swap itself

as we have allotted a 30-minute drop-off period

at the start of the evening.

Donated items should be in a sellable condition:

clean, gently worn and in a good state

of repair. Ladies clothes only, please. We will

accept the following types of clothing:

• Dresses

• Trousers

• Jeans

• Skirts

• Blouses & shirts

• Tops

• Jackets

• Coats

• Knitwear

• Accessories: scarves, belts, watches &


• Footwear will be accepted if in extremely

good condition (unworn or barely worn)

No handbags please (but if you have any,

please donate to the upcoming AWC Handbag

Auction on April 2).

No underwear, swimwear, activewear, nightwear

or leggings, please.

The Clothes Swap Team reserve the right not

to accept any items they deem unsuitable in

terms of type or quality. Any profits made

will be donated towards an AWC/FAWCO

supported charity and any items remaining at

the end of the evening will be donated to a

local charity.

Thank you to those of you who have already

donated items and please bare the Swap in

mind should you be undertaking an early

spring closet clear out. We would love for

you to join us on March 25 for a fun-filled

evening and who knows, maybe you will find

the dress of your dreams or the jumper that

fills that wardrobe gap!

In the spirit of our environmentally-friendly

event, we will not be supplying plastic bags.

Please bring your own reusable bags for your


More details available on the AWC website.

The Sip, Swap & Shop Team

MARCH 2019 43

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