Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: 2nd annual clothing swap a resounding success

Our hearts are full!

On Saturday, March 4, we held the 2nd Annual Clothing Swap at 51 Main in Middlebury. By all accounts the event was a success! We asked for clothing donations in the week leading up to the event, we sorted through every bag and displayed the clean, gently worn clothing for the shoppers on Saturday. Our gracious hosts, Crooked Ladle Catering, made their almost-ready space available to us and provided delicious bites not only for our helpful volunteers on Friday (the sorting and the staging) but also for our delighted shoppers on Saturday.

Events like this don’t happen in a vacuum and it takes many hands to pull it off. Many thanks to the following:

St Stephen’s Church — who let us use some very sturdy clothing racks,

Buy Again Alley — also letting us use clothing racks and lots of hangers.

Crooked Ladle Catering — who opened up their space for our use on three different days.

WomenSafe — they greeted our shoppers at the door to give the rundown of what to expect — Jordan Calderara and Anna Moore.

And the women-owned businesses that covered the cost of the food for Saturday: Addison West, IPJ Real Estate, The Vermont Bookshop, Little Seed Coffee Roasters, Middlebury Floral & Gifts, Sparrow Art Supply, Sweet Cecily and The Stone Mill.

And the following women who showed up to help: Julie Dunbar, Pearl Riney, Brooke Jette, Katree Fenster, Victoria Jette, Amanda Rheaume, Jutta Miska, Dena Greenman and Lesley Dunakin.

We live in a really incredible, caring and giving community. We asked for a suggested door donation of $5, all the proceeds were donated to WomenSafe. Our generous community donated over $2,300 and the donations will continue to roll in as Buy Again Alley and Neat Repeats sell the remaining unclaimed items and then donate 50% of the proceeds of those sales to WomenSafe. This is really a win-win-win!

Thanks again to all helped make this happen, to all of those that donated clothing and to those that came to shop for free!

Amey Ryan, Salisbury

Lilly Devlin, Cornwall

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