Look out Harper & Lewis! Our very first DSU Clothes Swish is happening this Thursday and us fierce fashionistas can barely hold our excitement – want to know why?

Organised as a part of the Money Week, which promotes saving cash and reducing waste, this creative event is the perfect way to swap clothes you never wear for some ‘new’ items without having to spend a penny. We all love our vintage shops, designer brands and high street shops, but can’t always afford them. You’ll be happy to hear that there’s no harm for your purse here, as attending this resourceful event is completely FREE!

Clothes Swish is a new initiative where all you have to do is bring your good quality unwanted clothes and exchange them for tokens – one for each item you have donated. These tokens will then enable you to pick out some new items from the heaps and piles of what other students have decided to give away. The highlight of this event is that no money is involved, which makes it all so simple and oh so tempting.

Items which are acceptable for donation are those in a good, clean condition, including accessories such as bags, scarves and costume jewellery. Both men’s and women’s clothes are welcomed, as are fancy dress costumes. Items, which are in poor condition, books, DVDs or underwear, will not be accepted.

 It is advisable that you bring up to five items maximum, as there is no guarantee you will find clothes you like. If someone has already taken your items, you will not be able to get these back, so only donate items you are happy to say goodbye to forever. Please bear in mind that items are not graded in value. Any single item is equal to one token no matter what the original retail price, so it is best to donate items of a £10 – £25 value.

If your hunt for new garments is unsuccessful, don’t despair, as once you hand in your tokens you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £20 All4One voucher anyway! Also, any leftover clothing after 4pm will be donated to charity, so your unwanted clothes can still cheer someone up and turn this into a selfless deed 🙂

All you have to do to take part is to bring your items between 12am and 1pm to the DMU Campus Centre Atrium (Ground Floor) on February 9, hand them in to volunteers and receive your tokens. You are then free to start swishing at 1pm.

You should also write your name, phone number and email address on your tokens before handing them in again, as they will serve as tickets in the prize draw. A winner will be selected at the end of the event (4pm).

Do come along and encourage all of your friends to take part. As you know what they say, ‘one student’s trash is another student’s treasure’. The more people and clothes, the merrier!

PS: Just try not to get too competitive – we’ve all watched ‘Confessions of A Shopaholic’, and certainly do not need any injuries!