Re:Purpose Runway – an op-shoppers fashion show
We are excited to announce that on 19 October 2017, we will be launching a Christchurch first: a glamorous fashion show featuring only second-hand clothing from various retailers around Christchurch.
Tickets to the event start at $25 for general admission. Table seats cost $45 and VIP tickets, which include drinks, canapes, table service and the best seats near the stage cost $85 each. They can be purchased now from Event Brite: buy now.
The event was inspired by the Eco-Oikos An Op Shopper’s Guide to Second-Hand Christchurch map and will be followed by an open market, with everyone’s favourite vintage, retro and charity shops in one place. We wanted to do something different, which would benefit the whole community, as well as help other not for profits. So all charities involved will benefit from the marketing, professional photography and chance to showcase both their items and their cause, but pay nothing to be involved and sell their clothes on the night.
The event has already attracted the attention of numerous vintage and ethical shopping enthusiasts and fashion-lovers alike, with second hand stores, social enterprises and charity shops jumping at the chance to participate. Stores featured usually operate from as far away as Darfield and Rangiora and include Madam Butterfly, My Favourite Things, SPCA, Time and Time Again, St Vincent de Paul, Polkadotcom and many more. For people who love second-hand shopping, this is a unique opportunity to see them all in one place.
The event will also launch Home & Family’s second-hand clothing enterprise, Regenerate Boutique. We decided to diversify our income in this way because now a key time for everyone to look at ways they can make a positive difference to their communities and future generations. Op-shopping is an easy and fun way to do this, often funding crucial work, while significantly reducing carbon emissions worldwide.
As we move towards 2050, it becomes clear that society’s most vulnerable will be most adversely affected by climate change, with rising food prices, higher populations, less habitable space and health risks associated with higher temperatures and pollution. In its 119 years of operation, Home & Family has always been forward-thinking and creative, in its approach to meeting community need, bringing people together and helping those most at-risk. Re:Purpose Runway and Regenerate Boutique will do just that, while raising funds for our other crucial family and youth services.