SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The Cherry Pit, a vintage boutique in downtown Syracuse, is hosting a clothing swap Friday Nov. 19. The event will allow people to trade in their unwanted clothing for other vintage items in the shop.
People can bring up to 15 articles of clothing in good condition. For donators, this means clothing without holes or tears in the fabric. To accommodate for the upcoming chilly season, no summer items will be accepted. Winter gear such as sweaters, jackets, hats and scarves are encouraged.
People can buy tickets to the event online at $5 per person and 100% of the proceeds will go towards the Food Bank of Central New York.
The shop’s co-founder, Abigail Minicozzi, said tickets will be converted into food donations.
“Whatever you bring, how ever many you bring, you get to take that many and then we we’re just gonna donate everything – everything we got from the tickets to the food bank,” Minicozzi said.
According to the Food Bank of Central New York’s website, the Food Bank serves as a warehouse for food such as canned goods, vegetables, fruit and more. The warehouse then distributes food to organizations, food pantries, and individuals in need etc.
Michelle Pfaff, the shop’s other co-founder, said that while the Cherry Pit had hosted other clothing swaps in the past, she believed it was especially important to dedicate this one towards feeding families.
“I think its just essential that everybody is fed and so I just thought, what’s the most important thing? Ya know- around thanksgiving and I think food is always important actually, ” Pfaff said.
Pfaff said recycling and reusing clothing is helpful to the environment, but using that to donate a Food Bank is helpful to people — both things she cares immensely for.
Pfaff said the event will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. She encouraged people to drop off clothes throughout the week leading up to that time to allow for the shop to display the items properly.