Revamp Your Wardrobe at the Nest’s Clothing Swap
Bring any unwanted clothing you own to the Nest and replace it with some new styles to update your closet and dressers.
On Saturday, September 11 from noon to 2:30 p.m., join the Nest in getting rid of clothes taking up space in your home and replace them with unusual finds that amplify your style.
Founders Danielle Sturm and Charlotte von Meister officially opened the Nest on August 14 and have received supportive feedback from visitors who are excited about the space’s mission (to “incubate and elevate sustainable styles,” says Danielle). They partnered back in April, found the ideal space for the Nest and connected on the idea of elevating secondhand styles.
While Danielle was raised in a suburb outside of Chicago, Illinois, and Charlotte is from a small rural town in New Jersey, they decided to root down and make this state their home. They plan to grow the Nest and connect with like-minded people looking for an inviting community.
Charlotte, who is also a professional organizer and helps people declutter their homes, says the aim of the clothing swap is “to give people an intentional and thoughtful way to discard that excess from their wardrobe to accumulate a fresher style as well as go to a fun event and become a part of a larger community.” The Nest carries a range of sizes, from petite to plus size, so that guests can find a variety of items that fit them well and complement their style.
The women collaborate with several artists and designers and have them host different workshops to help showcase their handmade works alongside secondhand and upcycled pieces. “We’re hoping to give them a platform,” says Charlotte, “so that they can find their audience and sustain themselves through this creative career that they’ve chosen.” It’s important for shoppers to meet the vendors they’re buying from and see how much effort goes into creating each item.
Brie Roche-Lilliott, the founder of Siren/Saint Vintage Lifestyle from Brooklyn, New York, is leading the clothing swap as well as sourcing her own vintage pieces at the event. She’s helped the two during the launch of the Nest, and is a veteran when it comes to clothing swaps.
The event is BYOB, so guests can bring food, drinks and friends to enjoy a creative and stylish Saturday afternoon. “It’s like a bottomless brunch but instead you get to go through clothes,” says Danielle, who hopes to foster a sustainable and collaborative community that’s supportive of each other.
The secondhand store gives people access to previously loved clothing that still has life to give, all while protecting the environment from the devastating impact the industry has inflicted. “The fashion industry is the second most wasteful industry in the world [after the oil industry], and people don’t know that,” says Danielle. “What could be better than bringing unwanted clothes somewhere and then actually being able to leave with a whole new wardrobe?”
At this clothing swap and one-stop-shop to donate old clothes, guests can purchase new clothes and knickknacks and meet new people. They can also get inspired to be creative while remodeling a home with treasures found at the Nest.