When I began blogging I had no idea what I was in for. The whole concept was in it's infancy in South Africa and food blogging was especially new. It didn't take too long to discover that with blogging came readers and some of those readers were other bloggers. Those other bloggers soon became a community and that community has grown.
Like every community it has it's politics. It's good guys and it's bad guys. There are groups within the community, some more "exclusive" then others, there are friends and foes. There are leaders, there are followers. Innovators, organisers and supporters. The blogging community grows more diverse by the day and I often discover new bloggers that have been doing this for years but outside of my little radar.
I have grown up in the Jewish community where we "help our own" however we can. The blogging community is the same. However, while charity may start at home there are those outside of the community that need help too and (I believe) a community can help far more than an individual (unless the individual is a billionaire and donates half his fortune, that is something else)
So where am I going with this? Well this morning, while looking for something to wear, I shoved aside a pile of clothes I don't wear, we all have them...they go from one side of the cupboard to another, top shelf, bottom shelf, round and round. The pile grows and when it gets to a certain point (normally at the same time every year) I put it all in a bag, get together with some friends, swap some clothes and take the rest to a charity shop. I had an idea, what if I expand it from the 2 or 3 friends I normally do this with to the "general public'. I could make it an event!
An event would be great but where would I host it and then a sparkly idea bubble popped up. Clothes + Food + Wine =
I immediately sent them a DM asking if they would be keen and they were. A quick phone call later and we planned on meeting for lunch and a more in depth talk and plan. Lunch was productive with people around their beautiful communal table chipping in, including the gorgeous Saskia from Heart FM who was really keen on the idea.
So this is how it's going to work. You, the "general public" will sort through your cupboards, draws and closets. Find the things you never wear. Clothes, shoes, jewllery. The stuff you kids have grown out of. Admit that that dress will never fit again and that those pants haven't really made it onto the list in more than 2 years. Pop them in a box or a black bag (or a shiny pink one) and bring them to I ❤ MY LAUNDRY at 59 Buitengracht street. We will sort them and grade them and assign you "Laundry Points".
On the 23rd of June all your goods will be on display at the shop, along with coffee, dim sum and some other treats which you can then use your "Laundry Points" to purchase. We will also sell "Laundry Points" on the day so everyone can get involved. The relevant items that are left at the end as well as any money made on the day will go to The Princess Project
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For those on twitter the hashtag will be #ShareNwear. So spread the word and lets makes someones special day even more special, someones night a little warmer and have fun while we do it.