Clever Pop-Up Store Lets Homeless South Africans ‘Shop’ For Used Clothing

by , 02/01/14
filed under: Design, Ecouterre

donated clothing, used clothing, Cape Town, the street store, South Africa, homeless services, clothes for the homeless, pop-up shops, collaborative consumption, gift economy, sharing economy,

Most of us can’t imagine the stress and shame that come along with being homeless. Services that are meant to help those without a place to live mean well, but often they treat homeless individuals like unfeeling cattle–expecting that they should take what they’re given because “beggars can’t be choosers.” A clever pop-up store in South Africa rejects that hurtful perspective, and uses some unique marketing to distribute clothing to those who need it most in the Cape Town area. Click the link below to find out what they did, and how well it’s working.


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  1. Peter Jianko September 17, 2014 at 4:06 am

    we are located in China,and focus on used clothes export for more than 5 years we have different grade for used clohtes and shoes,bags.
    1.Grade A :Designed fashion, no torn, no fade, no stain, no dirty, like new.
    2.Grade A:Good quality, no torn ,no damage, no stain.
    3.Grade B:with some damage,but don\’t affect dress or sale. Meanwhile, we also sell used shoes and bags.
    Weight of bales: For clothing, 45kg/80kg/100kg per bale; For shoes, 25kg per bale
    if you are finding a exporter,pls contact me,

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