The Daadi Shop

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My Year of Clothes Swapping and Developing Daadi: A Journey of Sustainability

What a year it has been! My focus has been on clothes swapping and developing Daadi. If you’ve followed my blog, you know this journey has been both exciting and challenging. Now, it feels like I’m on a roller coaster, but it’s a ride worth taking.

Embracing the Challenge of Clothes Swapping

I never wanted a shop. I love hosting events and cherish the freedom to create projects with a beginning, middle, and end. A shop felt like a permanent tie. Or would it? I decided to challenge myself to see if clothes swapping could work in a shop setting. It’s a unique concept. We are not a charity shop but a foundation. Daadi is now officially registered as a non-profit. None of us get paid; we’re driven by our mission and the time we volunteer.

Growing Events and Enthusiastic Swappers

Our events have been growing, and we’ve seen enthusiastic customers returning and becoming regular clothes swappers. My concern was whether a shop would entice customers to clothes swapping, offering a different shopping experience. Think of it as a clothes buffet, where you can try new styles at no extra cost, giving you the freedom to experiment and take home what you love.

Our Mission: Reducing Textile Waste

Our main goal is to reduce textile waste in our community. Our regular swappers tell us they no longer buy new clothes. Our unique approach is selling a tote bag that customers can fill to the brim. The average stash is ten to fifteen items—quite a deal for ten euros! While some new customers find it confusing at first, they quickly get hooked once they understand.

Supporting Education in India

Additionally, all our profits support a small school in India. Without education, the children who attend would likely face life on the streets, begging. This cause is close to our hearts and drives our commitment.

Welcoming Sustainable Fashion

It’s been heartening to see our customers embrace our ideas. More people are now aware of the problems caused by fast fashion. They appreciate the savings and the positive impact on the environment. I don’t want to come off as a nagging activist. When we see a problem, we need practical solutions. If we want people to buy fewer new items, we need to offer an appealing alternative that still gives the retail thrill.


We quickly become bored with what’s in our wardrobes. Clothes swapping offers the change we crave. Imagine refreshing your wardrobe every month at little cost. Now you can!

Simple Rules for Swapping

Number one is HAVE FUN. Come with your friends. Our rules are straightforward: fill your bag when you visit our swap shop. There’s just one price. We also encourage you to bring in your unwanted items to keep our stock fresh and exciting.H

Promoting Conscious Consumerism

We stress to our swappers that we’re not a place to simply dump old clothes to make room for new ones. We encourage conscious consumerism and inform our customers about brands to avoid. While some fast fashion items do slip in, we’re seeing improvement as our community becomes more sustainable.

The Future: Upcycling and Creative Workshops

So, what’s next?

Unwearable clothes are cut up, with buttons and zips removed. We repair what we can and create new items from the rest. We offer workshops for those interested in reducing textile waste and unleashing their creativity.


Join Us!

UPCYCLERS can visit us on Saturday afternoons to choose fabrics, denim, and various trimmings in exchange for a donation to Daadi. We’re also looking for volunteers to help with sewing, running fashion shows, and supporting our fundraising events.

You can become a supporter of Daadi and stay connected to our fundraising activities. Please visit our page here

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Hiya, I am Lauren, a lifestyle traveller, writer and health Nerd. Due to lockdown I decided to get on with writing my blog and catching up with friends new and old. I believe we are one world that for most of us wants to promote peace and goodwill to each other, wherever you are in the world I wish you well. I hope we connect and share our stories.

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