I love my job. I work as a product photographer for successful e-commerce business Lovehoney; in other words, I photograph sex toys for a living.
Because of the nature of the business, it means that the majority of the people who work here have an excellent sense of humour, resulting in a really friendly working environment. Our staff parties are loads of fun, and there is always something going on in and around the offices – cake bakes, fundraisers, birthday parties, even croissant Fridays!
Anywho, myself and a member of the (award-winning) Customer Care team organised a ‘Frock Swap’ to raise money for our chosen charity, Bath Cats and Dogs Home. This is our second swapping event, and needless to say it was a success!
I kitted out the kitchen, aka the ‘golf course’ (on account of it’s green grassy carpet), with rails and tables laid out with the clothes bundles gifted throughout the day. I even got some of the mannequins from the studio involved. I was amazed at how generous everyone was with their donations, we had loads left over when everyone was all swapped-out (but not that fur coat, that belongs to me now!).
The idea behind the swap is you bring in your unwanted clothes and accessories, pay a small donation and exchange them for other people’s unwanted goods. Other charities and events have called it ‘swishing’, and it seems to be taking off pretty swiftly, as people seek to update their wardrobes in the most frugal way in these cash-strapped times.
What’s nice about it (and the reason I like it so much) is that you can see exactly where your clothes are going to, not just dumped in a charity shop bag. I’m notoriously bad at getting rid of things – I have a sentimental attachment to everything – so to see that it’s being put to good use really makes me smile. Plus it’s good for the environment, and who doesn’t like getting something for pretty much nothing?!
We’re already planning the next event, and hopefully going to road test a beauty swap, so watch this space!