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Clothes-swapping the norm for new group

By Beckie Wilson

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A new social group for Wairarapa women will involve swapping clothes, sharing laughs and helping out our waterways.

Naked Lady Social is built on the idea of buying less, buying better and sharing more, while also engaging with other women.

There is a small fee to join the club which then offers monthly themed swap events, food and music events, as well as workshops.

Every month a portion of the membership fees will go towards improving Wairarapa waterways by contributing to the purchase of native plants for riparian planting as part of the Sustainable Coastlines programme.

Georgie Wiles, Wairarapa Naked Lady Social club organiser, said the idea was to bring women together regularly to share not just clothing, food and drink, but to discuss future ideas and opportunities as Wairarapa women.

“I am a pre-loved clothing nut and passionate about doing whatever I can to improve waterways in the Wairarapa – but the concept is a little bigger than that,” she said.

“I think the Wairarapa is jam-packed with super-smart, creative, entrepreneurial and interesting women, and this is a fun, frugal and fabulous excuse to meet more of them.”

The idea is to encourage the sharing of items with the community once people have finished with them, and they then can exchange them for other items.

For people who don’t have clothes to swap, tokens can be bought for a gold coin donation instead.

“I am really excited to see how this is received by local ladies and looking forward to swaps, hanging out and indulging in yummy things,” Mrs Wiles said.

“[It’s] a great catalyst to bring people together, and it’s an excuse to get rid of clothes.”

The first Naked Lady Social will be held at Ventana Creative Collective, Martinborough, on December 11 from 10.30am.

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Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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