Des Kaisers Neue Kleider – Free your Clothes!

Last Saturday I co-organized my 3rd FREE YOUR CLOTHES party together with beautiful JoAnn! I am thankful for having met her a while back, and especially for her introducing me to these events! After having it in our garage for the 2 last times, we were lucky to have it at a public place this time. Thank you CAFE ROCAS for putting your space at our disposal!

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So what are these parties about?

  • First of all, about clothes, and against the waste of it.
  • Second, about the fact that we can lessen our consumption by re-using other peoples clothes.
  • Then, it is also about the fact that we don’t always need to buy & sell – giving & receiving are really nice too 🙂
  • Then there is also the fact that we have use for our un-wanted clothes here in Luxembourg too! We don’t always have to send them abroad and overseas. The left-over of our events are going to different organisations as ‘Stemm vun der Stroos’ (Supporting the homeless) and the Foyer St Antoine (Home for Asylum Seekers) in Luxembourg.
    As a sample i put also some of the clothes on Yourshop as ‘Free items’ in my shop so that people get to see that Free Second Hand Clothes are not always dirty, ugly & un-wearable!

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As we had enough space this time we organized men, women and kids corners. When people come in with clothes, we asked them to put them in the different corners. I am always worried about not having enough clothes, but my jaw dropped when i saw the suitcases full of neat, clean ironed (almost new) mens shirts to give away!

Usually people just want to get rid of their clothes, but do not expect to find such nice things to take. Look at the funky pullover i brought home with me:

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My 3 year old Nuria also brought home a lovely floral top that she loves so much that she has been wearing non stop for 3 days straight 🙂

imag2910imag2913Stay tuned for our next event (sometimes in March). If you want to be notified when the date / place has been fixed, leave your name & e-mail address here below:

My different Communitites

Since I started this wonderful experience, I’ve had the chance to meet amazing people and communities. I really start to see that Luxembourg is indeed really diverse and rich in initiatives! We do have the spirit of entrepreneurship! And even if it’s really slow i can see and feel a difference from the Luxembourg of 4 years ago!

Let me tell you about some of the groups i have met.

#FREE YOUR EVERYTHING

As soon as i came back to Luxembourg 4 years ago i discovered the Free your stuff group on Facebook. You give – you get – no money involved. Very simple. I loved the concept! And since then, a number of baby groups appeared: Free you food, Free your land, Free you clothesFree your stuff kids, Free you stuff Luxembourg-City, Free Your Stuff Luxembourg Süden & Zentrum, …

Even though the groups are big today and involve many people for many different reasons, the core of these groups started with people who wanted a change. Open minded people who believed in an alternative to our even growing culture of mass consumption.

Here is a meeting i am co-organizing on Satuday: A FREE YOUR CLOTHES party. Bring the clothes you don’t wear anymore, set it free for someone else, and in return take whatever piece of clothing you want! On Satuday at the Rocas Cafe!

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#LET’Z GO LOCAL

Let’s go local is an asbl that regroups local companies. In any field. At their markets you can meet designers, architects, photographs as well as bakers and web-platform-creators 😉 . Let’s go local made me discover amazing creators who struggle to find their place in Luxembourg. And these markets sure help them to them to get more visibility & enabling them out of the shades! Be sure not to miss their next Christmas market!

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#SILICON LUXEMBOURG

Silicon Luxembourg is a website dedicated to Start-Ups. When you enter that community you see that the luxembourgish entrepreneurial initiative is not as dead as it seems. They organize meet-ups, after work drinks, speed-dating with investors, breakfast conferences and talks. Fascinating if you want to enter the world of entrepreneurship!

They also wrote an article about us on their page a while ago 🙂

#MUMPRENEURS

Mumpreneurs are entrepreneurial souls that try to find a balance between motherhood and professional life. Because Mums understand each other in a way that noone else can! Yes, you can bring your baby to a conference or a meeting! And if that baby cries during the meeting, there is understanding. I love that.

I believe firmly that it is important to find your balance after having children! You just cannot (or should not) expect your pre-children-life to continue unchanged after having a baby! (and this goes as well to fathers than to mothers!)

There was an interesting theory that when Mums start their Maternity leave, they are pulled out of their routine and see that there is an alternative possible to their stable-boring-everyday job. This moment (plus the fact that there is a new Baby-Job on the way) gives them the courage to throw themselves in a new adventure of creating their own company and starting a project that they actually love.

Here is a picture of the the last meeting of the group, together with another exciting organization: Girls in Tech!

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#GILS IN TECH

Girls in Tech Luxembourg is focusing on the engagement, education and empowerment of women in technology. Although i am not fully involved in their community i find their activities really interesting and wouldn’t mind joining in if they organize another WordPress crash course!

#SERVE THE CITY

Serve the City is a movement of volunteers serving in Luxembourg. They believe that many people doing small things together makes a big difference – and it does!

They babysit kids at the Foyer Sud so that the mothers get a little rest. They repaint the foyer to make it nicer for the asylum seekers. They visit the homeless with coffee and a nice chat. They assist autistic people by helping them to participate in a chosen activity. They hold DVD nights at the Foyer St Antoine. They organize sport events for the kids of the different Foyers.

Find all their different events HERE. And please if you do have a second to spare and what to make a little change, do not hesitate to participate! … oh how i wish i had discovered such an organization when i was young and free!

#BLOGGER_LU

Blogger_Lu is a group that tries to unite and promote luxembourgish bloggers. Actually meeting the group motivated me to start writing again, something that i had done before when i was abroad in Australia or Chad, but once i was back home, i dropped it, which was a shame…

The group organizes regular meetings, events, and even classes to promote the blogging scene in Luxembourg. The fan page made me also discover these talented writers and photographs that i enjoy following now:

  • Barefoot in Luxembourg not only has a cool blog-name but also writes about events and  places in a cool and cozy way that i really enjoy reading.
  • Sweetness in the city has a fresh, funny, & sparky way to talk about fashion and events that makes me smile, sometimes even laugh!
  • Anna Katina – a very very talented photographer
  • Scrambled Nest – a creative blog about DIY
  • My little fashion diary – an interesting blog for fashion lovers. Emilie is actually the only person in Luxembourg (i know of) who is living off her blog, which is (entrepreneurially) amazing! There is actually a whole world of blogger-sphere out there with managers and agencies who hire bloggers to advertise different brands! Craaazy world wide web out there!

Here is a picture of the blogger event i attended – a LUSH Breakfast & Visit. I did not expect it at all, but it turned out to be a little Press-Conference! I was so unprepared and have to admit that i was the ONLY one there WITHOUT a camera! Look at all these professional bloggers 🙂

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The visit was brilliant! I am a fervent Lush user and will soon post about all my Lush experiences!

My fabulous aquisitions

I have to admit, i thought about the concept of Yourshop because I felt the need of a platform like this in my life. So we can basically say that it is a complete an utter selfish project….And therefore you can consider me as one of the most loyal costumers of the Yourshop-shops! 🙂

This is why I thought about putting together all the different treasures i got though Yourshop this last year.

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I love this amazing set of 3 prints handmade by POPUP STUDIO.
And the best thing? They came WITH the frames! (because knowing myself, it would get me months to find the perfect frames!)

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I fell in love with this little owl made by Celsi-Créations as soon as i saw it on Yourshop. And since that they, this little fellow has been guarding our keys in our entrance.

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Manon Block makes these brilliant geometric wooden pearls. Love love love them!

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Gorgeous headband handmade by Il était une fois Fanny

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A thrilling book by the Luxembourgish Autor Jasmine Braun

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But i also did buy some lovely Second Hand items, like this set of elegant dishes from Comix007

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Did you say Owl again? 🙂 Yes, Happymonster made me really happy with this lovely owl!

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Here is this wonderful Home Trainer i got a while back from Gomez, although i have to admit i am (still) not using it as much as I’d love to… (but i promise i will!) Well…at least i don’t have to have a bad conscious about the amount of money i spent on it 😉

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This beauty was to give away for free by Leen. And more than a simple bag, i got to know the wonderful person Leen is by having a little chat & coffee with her.

Actually, I love the encounters i have made so far through Yourshop. One of the goals of the platform was ‘community building’. I love the fact that some of the people i have met through the project have become baby-playdate-buddies or boardgame-allies!

Packed Vide dressing!

IMG_20141103_150916Yesterday’s Vide Dressing was… PACKED! Stands, clothes, shoes and bags eveywhere!

And for me it meant combining business with pleasure 🙂 I gave out some flyers & business cards, had some interesting chats & encounters. But it also meant 2 hours of baby & husband free shopping (!!)   AND new dresses and bags!

I call it my “ethical shopping”:

  • I can quench my thirst for new (yet cheap) clothes
  • i can give some pocketmoney to the lovely ladies for making the effort of coming to the maket and offering me their clothes
  • and we all recycle!

–> a total win/win/win situation for me, the ladies and the planet! 🙂

Also, with the help of the adorable Sonia, I also made a little test for a new feature soon available on Yourshop -> Business cards!

Sonia had a stand at the Vide Dressing. And when some people got tired of looking around, she offered them her business card, saying that they can see more from her clothes on Yourshop.lu… and on this business card was the direct link to her shop: www.3sonianej.yourshop.lu.

Sonia’s 60 cards were all gone in less than 45 minutes! She said that the feeback was very positive and would love to have more on her next market! YAY!

Meanwhile if you are on Yourshop and would like to have some businesscards for your next market, don’t hesitate to het in touch so we can get this done for you too!

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