The Knoxville community gathered together to shop for repurposed clothing on Saturday at the Central Collective.
Bare.Thread hosted a pop-up shop that offered gently used apparel under $15 and shoes ranging between $15 and $30. The event provided free, homemade refreshments and sold handmade, organic lip balms.
“I am very impressed by the large selection of high quality clothing here. There is actually a lot more items than I expected to see,” UT junior Julia Nabin said.
The large variety of clothing translated to the large variety of shoppers, but college students seemed the most grateful for the opportunity.
“It’s really cool that college students and young adults came together to make a difference in the community by repurposing and selling college budget-friendly clothing,” Jessy Kunkle, a UT senior, said.
The pop-up shop boasted popular brands like Tory Burch, Free People and Frye.
The local non-profit is providing opportunities for the community to become more involved in creative fashion.
“We started as a group of people who were beginning to realize the social injustices behind the clothing industry and fast fashion,” Carolyn Wettstone, Bare.Thread event coordinator, said. “There is so much clothing waste, so we wanted to learn how to remake clothing and make it available to our community.”
“Wettstone said she encourages those who are interested to watch the documentary “True Cost” to really understand their motivation behind their passion in providing local jobs and repurposed clothing.
To get involved, Bare.Thread suggests calling, texting or Instagram-messaging to show interest in donating clothing. Coordination for pick-up or drop-off will be made based off of convenience for those who donate.
Bare.Thread is hoping for a permanent donation and event space in the near future.
Edited by Nathan Odom
Featured image by Allison Ward