Bairnsdale Women Against Waste Event
Sunday 21 October 2018 1pm to 3pm
The Hiit Factory, Bairnsdale
2/2 Macleod St, Bairnsdale
The Women Against Waste Event is now SOLD OUT. We will only be accepting people into the event who have registered and paid to attend prior to registrations closing. No walk-ins on the day and no cash on site.
A women's clothes swap + so much more
A biannual event for the women of East Gippsland to come together to swap, donate, mend, recycle, learn and laugh together as we save money, keep things out of landfill, divert quality items to community organisations and curate our clothing collections.
How it works
Clean out your wardrobe and bring along your unwanted women’s clothing and accessories to swap. Sort them out onto the provided tables and hang on the supplied clothing racks according to size and type. Then start ‘shopping’. It doesn’t matter how much you bring or take with you; it’s all about connecting unwanted items with new homes who can use them.
While you’re having a clean out, also search your home for other unwanted household items types that we will be collecting on the day for local community and charity organisations. These include books, DVDs, CDs, glasses, children’s clothes and toys, bras, bags, sanitary products, fabric and sewing equipment. See below for all the details.
Also check out the other great things happening at the event including the Mending Station, Recycling Station, shopping for ethical & sustainable products and learning more about reducing waste at home.
This is a not for profit event. Our $10 registration fee covers basic organisational costs, with remaining profits donated to a local charity or community group. Profits from this event will be donated to Gippsland Farmer Relief.
The Women Against Waste event is a clothes swap unlike any other you've been to, where swapping is just the beginning.
Every event is different and there is a lot happening; so even if you’ve attended before, please read the below carefully.
Bring your quality women's unwanted clothes & accessories to share with the others in your community, and pick up some items for yourself too. It's a great way to save money, save the environment and help each other out. You'll be able to ask our in-house stylist about clothing selections on the day. You'll update and curate your wardrobe collection without spending a cent! BONUS you can also bring children's clothes and toys to swap too!
Discover what other types of unwanted household items you can bring on the day to donate to local community groups. Read below for all specific details on what you can bring including books, fabric, women's personal hygiene items, animal supplies, bras plus clothing & toys for kids. Hint: it's not everything, so please check carefully below!
Have clothing in your wardrobe you're not wearing simply because it needs to be mended or have a hem taken up; but you don't know how or have your own machine? Bring it along for help with simple mending, or better still, learn how to do it yourself! We have a small team of wonder women ready to help and teach you on the day. The station will open at 1:30pm.
Collect your used household batteries and old mobile phones + accessories and bring them in to be recycled. Let's keep it out of landfill and reclaim the precious materials they're hiding inside.
Ever wondered what you can and can't recycle, or wanted to know more about soft plastic recycling? Or are you curious about cool things being done with waste products? Chat with other ladies about reducing waste and re-using waste items.
All the specific details you need to know
De-clutter your home
You can free yourself from your secret guilt! It's O.K. - we all get purchases wrong sometimes. By releasing quality items you're not using, you let them find a new home whilst freeing up space in yours. Isn't it time you curated your wardrobe & home to better reflect who you are and how you live? It's a gift to you, others and the environment.
Have prescription glasses you don’t wear anymore? Bring them along for donation to the Lions Recycle for Sight Australia program; supporting humanitarian programs in third world countries. Please remove glasses from their case before donating.
How many books do you have on the shelf that you will never read again? If they're in great condition, donate them to the Friends of Paynesville Library Inc. and they will be sold to raise money for charitable organisations and major items for the Library, at their regular Second Hand Book sale.
Donate Sanitary Items
Imagine living on the streets or having limited financial resources, and having your period. Help give women the support and dignity they deserve by donating women’s hygiene items to the Gippsland Period Project. They're collecting unused regular and super pads, regular and super tampons, liners, feminine/baby wipes, small packets of lollies (not chocolate in summer), unopened small hand sanitiser gels, small disposable bags, and other personal hygiene items.
Can you recycle it?
Ever wanted more info about which household waste can and can’t be recycled? Make sure you speak with Elizabeth Modrick of East Gippsland Shire Council who can answer all your questions about our local wast management facilities.
Swap & Donate your women's clothes & accessories
It's time to curate and cull out the clothes you always promised yourself you would wear, but really don't. Bring the things that are languishing in the back, that you forgot about and that aren't quite right, and give them a chance at finding a new home. You can bring clothes, shoes, belts, bags, scarves, maternity and activewear! If your item is a suit, jacket or dress, please bring it on a hanger. We are looking for your best quality, cleanest items please. Limit of a large garbage bag (equivalent size) per person please.
Dressing for Jobs Op Shop
All the left over women's clothes and accessories will go to Bairnsdale's newest Job Seeker support initiative, the Dressing for Jobs Op Shop in McLeod Street, run by Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre. Job seekers across all ages and industries will be able to benefit by accessing quality work appropriate apparel. Any items not appropriate for sale at the Dressing for Jobs Opshop will be passed along to the Salvos Bairnsdale.
Donate unwanted handbags in good condition that you no longer use. You can even go the extra step and fill it with items that would make a woman feel special and show her someone cares - all to support the Share The Dignity ‘It’s in the Bag’ Christmas Drive; like new supplies of shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush & paste, soap, deodorant and more.
Recycle Phones & Accessories
What should you do with your old mobile phones and accessories? Recycle them, through Mobile Muster. Bring your old phones, mobile batteries, chargers and accessories & mobile wireless broadband devices and we will get them off for recycling.
Household batteries should never be placed into your standard waste or recycling waste bins for roadside collection because they're made up of heavy metals and other toxic elements. Recycling claims these non-renewables back and keeps them from contaminating the land and ground water. Drop off your AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries (rechargeable and non- rechargeable) at our Recycling Station.
Swap & Donate Children's Items
We know that kids often outgrow their clothes and toys long before they wear them out. If you have very clean and quality items looking for a new home, bring them along to swap with other parents on the day. Any left overs will be shared around various local community organisations. Limit of half a large garbage bag (equivalent size) per person please.
Donate CDs & DVDs
Moved to streaming music & movie services? Do you have a lot of CDs and DVDs which haven’t been used in ages? Donate them to the Metung Easter Book Stall. Nothing scratched and unplayable please. Also collecting children’s games and puzzles in good condition with all pieces.
Have an excess of new or used bras? Bring them along to donate to the Uplift Bra Project. Donate: Size 8-16, A-DD cup, size 18+, A-DD cup, nursing bras, E cup plus, ANY size, mastectomy bras and breast forms (prostheses), swimwear, any size, underpants (new).
Donate Fabric +
Have more fabric and sewing supplies (or even old sheets) than you could ever hope to use? Donate them to our local Boomerang Bags organisation, run by Gaia Guardians Environment Trust, who are combatting single use plastic bags with fabric reusable ones. They would love your donation of fabric, scissors, zips, thread and other sewing equipment suitable for bag making.
Donate other household stuff?
No thanks. If you can't see it listed here on this page, please don't bring it as a donation to this event. Also, this is not a drop and run event; this is about community, communication, learning and sharing. If you have some items to donate but don't wish to stay and participate in the event, or if you're a male who would like to make a donation or forward items for recycling, please contact your charity/community group or recycling organisation of choice to arrange a direct donation.