What happens to all the extra clothes?
Da Loop is an extremely fussy establishment - we only sell items that are in exceptional condition. However, sometimes we accidentally buy or acquire things that don't always fit that description! Many rushed purchases are found to possess, on later inspection, a STUBBORN STAIN, a MINISCULE HOLE, a bad home-hemming job or other devastating feature. Too much washing defeats our sustainable objective (and tests Da Loop's patience), and sewing is not one of Da Loop's strong points.
There are also garments in excellent condition that sometimes just don't sell. One of the hardest things about having a shop is deciding when one of these garments has done its dash and needs to move on. (Me, perplexed: "But SURELY someone wants to buy this BEST DRESS IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD???!!" In our old (bricks and mortar) shop, we would often hang on to clothes for too long when we really needed the space for new, exciting finds.
At least it is easier to let go when you know it isn't the end of the line. Keeping items in 'da loop' instead of going to landfill is what it's all about. Here are some of the ways in which our stock has gone on to discover new life.
'Buy a bag of clothing for $25'
|Music Festival at Alma's Hem Amphitheatre - it's a good idea to show your stock to more than one audience|
|Thanks to the help of volunteers and/or young entrepreneurs, Da Loop has tried out the market crowd, including Gilles Street Market, shown here in 2018|
|Da Loop has taken sale items (including vintage clothing and jewellery) to the City of Onkaparinga's Regeneration festival, ensuring that prices are affordable for the (young) target audience. See us there in April 2020!|
Da Loop also donates unsold and excess good quality clothing to charities for their own fundraisers. This one is our fave - Lion Hearts Learning. One day we'll get these super kids to do a fashion shoot for us!