Victoria Day Weekend Free Clothes And More
A community tradition in our region is an event hosted by Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs. The Victoria Day Weekend is a very busy time at Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs every year.
The next 2 days, Sunday and Monday, are a Free Clothes and More Event.
Although the Saturday has been a fund raiser, there are still mounds of items in the yard that are covered with tarps in preparation for the next morning. The mounds are bags and bins of clothes, shoes, and more. We don’t put these types of items out for sale, because we feel that the clothes should be made available for free. So after the fund raiser yard sale is complete, then we dive right into the free event for the remainder of the weekend.
Rotation Of Spring And Winter Clothes
In the house this is the time of year that is needed to rotate all of the donated winter and summer clothes items. We have a shipping container full of plastic bins with lids. This will be where we will store the winter coats, boots, hats, mitts, sweaters, and more over the summer months.
However, now that the snow is finally melted away, we have to get out there and do that. A couple of serious all day sorting times need to be set aside just for this activity.
You see, right now, the clothes that are currently being donated are primarily all those winter items. Which is fine, except that we now have to clear an area to store them until our Christmas Giveaway that happens every November.
We have to go to the far back wall of the 20 foot shipping container and pull out all of the spring/summer clothes that are currently stored there.
So this is a huge rotational job of all the donated clothes. It is quite an undertaking, and normally would seem impossible. However, we have discovered that by hosting these Free Clothes and More events, it is a win-win situation.
Free Clothes And More
So in order to help us bring this pile of clothes down to a more manageable spot to sort and store, several times a year we host a Free Clothes and More event in our front yard.
We bring out all of the bags and bins of clothes that have been donated. These items are sometimes folded up and placed on several tables. There are 2 portable coat racks that we use also for hanging up either spring/fall jackets or winter coats depending on the season. However, due to space restrictions, many, many items will be either left in the bags or in bins to be sorted through.
Members of the community greatly help with this next step. And at the same time, Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs is able to provide them with clothes, shoes, and more, for FREE.
So on 4 big weekends every year, we have the community assist us with the sorting and downsizing of the clothes donations. People are able to come and sort through the hundreds of bags of clothes, shoes, and more. As they do, they find items that they need for their own families.
I’ve seen at these events that people will sort through things and help out someone else attending also. Such as, you notice a young mom there obviously trying to find little boy clothes for the young lad who is playing with the toys in the corner of the yard. And the bag of items you are currently sorting through contains the sizes this mom is looking for. You get her attention and let her know. Everyone seems to just work together.
A Toy Area For The Children
Yes, we try to have an area of the yard set up with an assortment of donated toys. This way the children can come and play, within sight of mom, while she gets what they need. As well, the children are free to take the toys home with them too.
We have a huge yard at our home, so we are able to set up bins of toys for the children. This helps so the children can play safely back from the edge of the road. Also this has been a huge help to parents as they sort through the many items. Their child is still close at hand if they want to hold an item up for sizing to the child’s body.
And as parents can be sorting through clothes for well over an hour, trying to get something for everyone, it is important to have something for the children to do too.
Older children are able to sort through and find some of their own clothes items too. I’ve witnessed some pretty serious “tween” shoppers at our events. And when you see them lift something for sizing and you see that grin of delight on their face as they quickly stuff it in their bag, you know it is a great day.
Packing The Out Of Season Items
Over the 2 day process, I do a ton of sorting and folding. As space becomes available on tables, I will grab downsized bags of items and finish emptying them. I will sort things out onto the tables by size and gender whenever possible. Sometimes we have volunteers who will help with this as well. Or, many times, people in attendance, while looking for the items they need, will fold and sort things on the tables as they go.
As I’m trying to locate all of the items for the current season and get them displayed, I will also be pulling out the items not currently needed. Such as at the Victoria Day Weekend Free Clothes and More Event, no one is looking for heavy wool sweaters. As we are heading into the summer season, the priority is to locate the T-shirts, shorts, running shoes, and sandals.
The obviously winter items are pulled out and set aside. As the 2 days progress, I have clean storage bins that I am folding and loading the winter clothes into. Once a bin is full, it is covered with the lid and moved into the shipping container. This way it will be ready for the Christmas Giveaway event in November. That is the event where hundreds of coats, boots, hats, mitts, and winter clothes will be handed out for free.
Setting Up The Display Indoors
At the end of these 2 days, the clothing items are generally downsized to a more manageable situation. Now we are able to return the current season items back into the display area in our home. Jackets are hung up, and bins of items sorted by gender and size are stacked.
This way, as our regular 6 days a week appointments resume, people can still access free clothes. But now they are easier to locate within the confines of our house.
The shipping container by this point will be filling up with the out of season items. But they too, are now better sorted and ready for the Free Clothes and More event that they will be needed for.
Win Win For Everyone
Community members win by being able to find FREE clothes and more for their families. Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs wins. We are able to sort and rotate the donated items to a more manageable state in our home.
And the next season’s clothing items are already being gathered and stored for the proper time.
All is well, as the once piled high mountains of bags of donated clothes, are now sorted, folded, and put away until someone needs them. Everyone wins.
If you live in our region, come out to our Victoria Day Weekend Free Clothes And More Event.
And if you don’t, perhaps you might think of starting a similar clothes swap/share event in your community. At the conclusion, you can always donate leftover items to another worthy organization such as Value Village.
So how will you spend your Victoria Day Weekend?