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Emma Edwards, of Hawea Flat, said she was inspired by a good friend, who ran a similar event in Canada, to organise Wanaka Swaps with the goal of making fashion circular.
Those who attended the two-day event at the Lake Wanaka centre with a bag of good-quality, clean clothing to swap paid an entry fee of $5 and filled their bag with other donated clothes.
Those who arrived without a bag of clothes paid an entry fee of $10 and were given a reusable bag to fill with "new to you" items.
Ms Edwards said there was a queue of people waiting when she opened the doors on Saturday morning but she could only allow 45 in at a time due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
Sarah Millwater, of Hawea Flat, attended yesterday and described the two-day event as an
She said she had recently watched a documentary on "fast fashion" (cheap clothes bought and cast aside in rapid succession as trends change), and being able to swap clothes was about her family "making changes".
She said she personally had nothing against buying new clothing.
"I love shopping myself, but we have to look after the environment and look after the world."
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has calculated the fashion industry produces about 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions every year, while it is estimated to use about 1.5 trillion litres of water annually.
Concerns have also been raised about pollution such as chemical waste and microplastics.
Ms Edwards said the entry fees would be donated to the local charity which received the most votes from those attending the event.