‘The Big Swap Shop’ in Ruddington

Recycling and re-using are at the heart of a special ‘pre-loved’ clothing event coming to our village next month.

Ruddington’s award-winning Framework Knitters’ Museum is teaming up with ‘The Big Swap Shop’ to host a swap and ‘slow’ fashion event on Saturday 10th June from 6pm to 9pm.

Organisers say it will be ‘family-friendly’ event, which will be held at the museum on Chapel Street. It will see a ‘twilight’ evening with a fashion mini market as well as local slow traders. Guests will also experience textile demonstrations and an informal chat with a circular fashion brand which is pioneering recycled cotton in its latest collection.

Ten items can be taken and swapped for clothing, shoes and/or accessories, however they advise that nightwear, underwear or jewellery can’t be accepted. All items must be in great condition and any size can be donated.

Items can be taken in advance on the 7th, 8th and 9th June. Also, between 6pm and 7pm on the night, visitors can drop items at the museum’s Chapel door with the event team, for checking and hanging up. The ‘swap’ then takes place from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

General admission tickets for swapping only are £10, whilst the rest of the event is free. Parker’s Yard and The Split Screen Coffee Company will be providing Pimms, G&T and fizz, as well as Mediterranean food, local music producers and a DJ.

‘The Big Swap Shop’ was formed as a collaboration between ‘Style Swap Events’ founder Sarah Jackson and ‘Big Swap’ founder Zoe Sussmeyer, aiming to be as size-inclusive as possible while allowing people to swap their unwanted clothing for other preloved pieces.

Sarah Godfrey

Sarah Godfrey, the creative and commercial manager at the museum, says: “We’re thrilled to be hosting The Big Swap Shop Event, which is all about making sustainable fashion options available to people of all sizes. You only need a ticket for the swap, and we welcome anyone o come and enjoy an evening filled with fashion, fun and even some food. Bring a friend or partner along and take advantage of what’s on offer!”

Zoe adds: “We’re super excited for our June event, not only are we taking a brave step out of Nottingham city centre, but we’re collaborating with an award-winning, historical textiles museum. The Framework Knitters is an absolute gem, in the heart of Ruddington village, steeped in history with its exhibits of textile workers. We’re looking forward to hosting the event and meeting lots of new faces.”

All items left over at the end of the event are donated to charity White Rose for resale in their stores, supporting work to raise awareness, build peace and prevent genocide.

You can find out more information, or book the last remaining tickets for the swap, >>HERE<<

The Framework Knitters’ Museum on Chapel Street

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