Update: Give-and-Take Mending Circle and Wood-Fired Pizza

One week until Give-and-Take’s clothing social, and we have exciting news:
We’ve confirmed sewing mentors for both days to support our mending circle (but happy to have more). So bring your small mending challenges and/or skills and jump into the mix. The station will also be self-service and equipped with machines and bric-a-brac. If you have your own tools that you prefer to use, please feel free to bring them.

Also, we can officially tell you that the outdoor pizza oven will be up and running from 3-6pm on Saturday, so please come ready for some wood-fired bites.

If you do stop by, don’t forget to bring some pre-loved clothing to donate. The project is fueled by your donations. If you have nothing to share, that’s fine too. We’re just happy to have you stop by.

See you next week.


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Give-and-Take Clothing Social Weekend: October 8-9th, Braddock, PA







Please join us at Braddock’s UnSmoke Gallery, 1137 Braddock Avenue, October 8-9th for a weekend long pop-up clothing social. If you’re interested in thrifting, repurposing or contributing clothes to the local community, please come and check us out. Over the weekend we will host:

  • A clothing exchange where everything costs $1. Clothing comes from you, the public. All sizes. All genders. All seasons.          
  • A drop-off for your clothing donations. Looking to clear out your closet or make a contribution to your community? Your clothes make the exchange possible. So bring your clean, gently worn stuff to us. For a list of what we’re able to accept, please see our donation page.
  • A mending circle where we can help you fix or change clothes you bring from home or score at the exchange. We’ll have comfy couches, sewing machines, and most importantly,  mentors to help you do your thing.

Thrift. Donate. Mend. Or just hang out. The idea is for you stop by and be part of the mix. As a special treat, we’ll have the outdoor pizza oven up and going on Saturday from 3-5pm.

Would you be interested in contributing your skills? We’d love the help. We need sewing mentors; brave souls to make sense of all the donations; and all around ground troops to help us run the show. We have lots of opportunities. In thanks, we hope you’ll find some clothes you like at the social and fill up a bag for free.

Hours: UnSmoke Gallery, 1137 Braddock Avenue, Braddock
Oct 8   Saturday 1-6pm
Oct 9   Sunday 1-6pm

Please contact us if you have questions or want to volunteer. You can also email us directly at giveandtakepgh@gmail.com

A portion of the clothing social’s profits will be donated to support the The UnSmoke Gallery’s ongoing renovation and programming efforts.

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September Sampler





Give-and-Take is gearing up to start a next round of public clothing collections to rebuild the clothing pile you all tore through at our kick-off event in Polish Hill. If you don’t feel like waiting to donate, send us an email and we’ll find a way to connect before then. In the meantime, head over to Recently Adopted and get a detailed look at some of these pre-loved items.


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Fuller sized ladies needed to model Give-and-Take donations

Give-and-Take is looking for a fuller-sized female to volunteer as a model for some of our recent donations. We’d like to post images this week, so if you have an hour in the early evening and can get yourself to Polish Hill, we’d love your help. In thanks, you can take what you like from the pile. If interested, please send us an email via our website (giveandtakepgh.wordpress.com). No experience necessary. Thanks!

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Shareable: Sharing by Design

Here’s an incredible hub called Shareable for ideas and critical discussions on sharing… from tips for local activities and projects to broader forums on civic systems, food security, and alternative economies. Fantastic source. Enjoy.

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Portable tools for public events

As we wait to see if our funding has come through, we’re thinking of some workshop ideas to design tools for our pop-up events. We’ll need things like changing rooms, hangers, storage bins, etc. We want to put together a system of items that are easy to assemble, lightweight, made of repurposed materials, and fit neatly into a single truck.

In an age of DIY mavericks who carry their wares off to events time and time again, we see the tools we develop here as having a practical application for other like-minded souls. Give-and-Take is more than clothing exchange; it’s a public platform to share ideas that inspire reusing and repurposing everyday resources. Our hope is that folks can use the tools we develop for their own projects.

Keep an eye out in our Local Socials section for this workshop.

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