Teen Arts Council prepares to host clothing swap

    A student walks into the painting and drawing classroom, admiring the Teen Arts Council clothing swap flier. Photo: Leila Chabane

    A student walks into the painting and drawing classroom in Palo Alto High School, passing by a Teen Arts Council clothing swap flier. Throughout the Paly campus, Teen Art Council Members have placed such fliers to spread awareness about their upcoming event. Photo: Leila Chabane

    The Palo Alto Teen Arts Council is hosting its second annual clothing swap, an event where teenagers in the community can either exchange their old clothing or buy clothes. The clothing swap is going to take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Mitchell Park Community Center.

    TAC co-president and committee member Nandini Relan smiles as she reminisces upon the past Teen Arts clothing swap in which she found a floral dress that she still wears to this day. "I have this very pretty floral dress originally from Forever 21, that I got from the clothing swap," Relan said. Photo: Leila Chabane

    TAC co-president and committee member Nandini Relan smiles as she reminisces upon the past Teen Arts clothing swap in which she found a floral dress that she still wears to this day. “I have this very pretty floral dress originally from Forever 21, that I got from the clothing swap,” Relan said. Photo: Leila Chabane

    TAC co-president and committee member Nandini Relan explained the swap by describing its purpose. Nandini Relan explains that the purpose of the swap is to give teenagers an easy and cheap way to update their wardrobe.

    “The purpose of the event is to get rid of your old clothes, and get new ones without spending any money and putting your old clothes to good use,” Relan said.

    The swap give teens the opportunity to trade outgrown or unloved clothing, according to Teen Arts Council committee members Johanna Ehrensvärd and Relan. Event goers can either buy clothing from the swap or trade with other teens for free. None of the clothes cost more than $5: accessories cost $1, shirts, dresses, and pants cost $3, and outerwear costs $5.

    Teenagers should be bringing unloved or outgrown clothing and accessories that they are looking to either swap, sell, or donate. The rules are as simple as this, bring one item, buy or get one item.

    According to Relan, the Teen Arts Council expects the event to be successful.

    Teen Arts Council committee member Johanna Ehrensvärd poses with one of the Teen Arts Council clothing swap signs she created in hopes to get the word out about the swap. While Ehrensvärd didn't go to last years clothing swap, she is very excited about this years swap. According to Ehrensvärd, she is bringing five large bags of clothing and some of her moms outgrown jackets. Photo: Leila Chabane

    Teen Arts Council committee member Johanna Ehrensvärd poses with one of the Teen Arts Council clothing swap signs she created in hopes to get the word out about the swap. While Ehrensvärd didn’t go to last years clothing swap, she is very excited about this years swap. According to Ehrensvärd, she is bringing five large bags of clothing and some of her moms outgrown jackets. Photo: Leila Chabane

    “It was one of our best events last year, about 30 people came,” Relan said.

    Other than expecting success for the council, Relan is also excited about selling and buying new pieces for her own closet.

    “In terms of me, I have so many old clothes I need to get rid of and I’m really excited to get some new ones, but I’m more excited to clean my closet,” Relan said.

    All proceeds go to the Teen Arts Council to fund future events, and the remaining clothes will be donated to the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto.

    Not only does the clothing swap give teens new and fashionable clothes, Ehrensvärd adds all proceeds go to the Teen Arts Council to fund future events, and the remaining clothes will be donated to the that clothing left over from the swap will be donated to the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto. According to Ehrensvärd, the program is a charity for helping out lower-income families in East Palo Alto.

    According to Relan, if you teenagers aren’t not able to make it, there will be an upcoming swap in January.

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