October 19, 2010-The cool crisp air of fall in Pittsburgh signals reluctant locals to pull out their cold weather attire and put those sundresses and shorts in storage bins for another long winter. In the process, it’s possible to find that once treasured sweater is now too small or not as appealing as it was last year. Jennie Roth, a local young professional, is seizing this ritualistic opportunity by organizing a community clothing swap, aptly titled “Redd Up Thread Up” presented by WYEP, on November 6, 2010 at the WYEP Community Broadcast Center.
The Redd Up Thread Up will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the WYEP Community Broadcast Center. Participants who complete a donor form when they drop-off their donation the week of the event will receive a free tote bag to “shop” at the event. Additional tote bags can be purchased for $5.00. 100% of the proceeds from the Redd Up Thread Up will go to the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, a United Way organization.
Participants are urged to bring their gently used men’s and women’s clothing and accessories to the WYEP Community Broadcast Center lobby the week before the event. Donations will be accepted Nov 1-5, during WYEP’s normal business hours and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday November 4, and Friday November 5.
Inspired by the mention of a similar event in Toronto last year by a blogger, Ms. Roth started thinking about how to pull the event together in Pittsburgh. Ms. Roth noted: “There are countless worthy causes right here in Pittsburgh and several Pittsburgh-based companies who are more than happy to give back to the community. Being connected in the Pittsburgh social media community has made it easy for me to find the right people to pull this event together.”
With a focus on the re-use of gently used clothing, the Pittsburgh Craft Collective and the I Made It! Market will be providing upcycling demos to encourage participants to reuse and repurpose once discarded items. The event tote bags can also be used again as grocery totes or for storage.
Official Redd Up Thread Up tote bags are being provided with printing sponsorship from Commonwealth Press, a South Side based custom print shop. Pittsburgh-based retailers ModCloth.com and American Eagle Outfitters have provided funding. The Pittsburgh Foundation and WYEP 91.3fm have also provided event assistance.
For more information about Redd Up Thread Up, please visit www.reddupthreadup.com.
Got that? Clean out your closets and drop the items off at WYEP between November 1-5. Mens and womens clothing will be accepted (maternity items, too). Then, if you want, you can go back on November 6th and pick out some new-to-you duds. All proceeds benefit The Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.