ReMix, A Clothing Exchange

Every year our church hosts a clothing exchange. It started out as an idea in Erika’s head, to bless the community with much-needed clothing, but it’s turned into a much-anticipated event for everyone involved. Sometimes it’s in the Spring and sometime near the Fall.  There’s so many ways to have a clothing swap, but since a friend recently asked me how we do it, I thought I’d share our plan with you!
– Canvas the area & businesses with flyers to invite the ladies (also small local newspapers)
– Use FB, twitter, church website, personal texts to invite ladies from church & area friends
– We ask ladies ministries from suburban churches if they’d like to clean out their closets
              & donate to us (we’re an inner city ministry)
– It’s a ladies/teen girls only event, but we collect clothes for men, and children, too
– Clothing must be clean & in nice condition
– Basic accessories are allowed, too: belts, bags, shoes, scarves, etc
– Connect with a woman’s shelter & make arrangements with them for the day after the
– Begin collecting clothing a few weeks in advance
– Clothes may be brought in at the time of the event, too
– Clothes are sorted & placed on tables & with large/easy-to-read signs
– The ladies who help sort the clothes are allowed to snatch up a few good finds for their
              families before it’s all open to the “public”
– As ladies arrive we give them a number (usually a marker on their hand… kinda ghetto)
– Ladies gather in our coffee house room at first, so cookies, coffee & punch are served
              (this gives us opportunity to meet the ladies from the community)
– After about 15 minutes, we divide the ladies into groups based on their number. Usually
               8-10 at a time has worked for us, but it depends on how many ladies are present
               and how big the “clothing” room is
– Group 1 is allowed to enter the clothing room for X amount of time and select X amount of
                things in a 15 minutes time window (we socialize with the other woman waiting)
– After each group has had a chance to select “X” amount of items, then we open it up for
                all the groups to go back in… free for all!
– One year we got tons of clothes donated from a retails chain & had so many items that we
                didn’t need to divide ladies into groups, it was just come-and-go  for 2 hrs.
– Lots of grocery & shopping bags are needed
– Fragrant candles placed around the room & fabric softener sheets tucked into piles of
                clothing can keep it from smelling like a Salvation Army
– Ladies from our church will be “personal shoppers” for the ladies in the community as
                another opportunity to connect with them. We’ll say, “Oh, you’re needing little
               boys clothes. What size?  I can help you look.”
– When the event is over, the rest of us usually dig through it to grab out anything else we
               want (my girls usually grab things they can rip apart and make into something else…
               Thanks to our friend, Jennifer, who taught them to sew!)
– All the remaining clothes are boxed & bagged up & donated to a woman’s shelter the
                next morning
This event/outreach also blesses everyone involved! AND… it’s happening again THIS FRIDAY!  Wanna join us?
Click here for details or leave me a message!
If you do something similar, please tell us about it!
Happy exchanging!

Drive in Detroit

I took my girls to our friend’s house in another part of Detroit for their weekly sewing lesson. (They’re really amazing, by the way!) On the way home I took some pictures out the window to send to my friend who lives on the east coast. I thought you might like to see the drive. I love posting pictures of beautiful places in our city… but I can’t let you forget that our city is in great need. The greatest of those needs isJESUS!

I can’t help but give you the opportunity every now & then to be involved in what Jesus is doing in this wonderful place. Click here to see what you can do and/or give to the ministries in which we are involved.

Ukraine Express


This IS America

What everyone thinks ALL of Detroit looks like


Henry Ford Hospital

Oasis in the city…one of many in this city



You can get a LOT of house for the price in Detroit….
Are you sure you’re not supposed to be here?

Have you asked God?



Love is spelled, “G.A.M.E.S.?”

Today as i walked out our front door I noticed that our daughter’s car was gone.

Stolen. Right out of our driveway!
My husband stayed home to wait for the police to arrive while the kids & I went a few blocks down the street to share the love of Jesus with other people in our city.
Although we’re totally bummed about the car (and have shed a few tears), today was REALLY about wonderful people  who shared the love of Jesus in creative ways with some other  wonderful people in our city.



Balloons (notice the monkey in the palm tree on R)

Snacks, ice pops & drinks

A big dog named, Buddy                      Lots more games

Old Fashioned Cake Walk – sorta like musical chairs minus the chairs & plus the cakes as prizes! mmm

Water Games                                                                                 “Tatoos”

Lots more games                                                         Oversized games


Illustration about Jesus washing away our sins


Kids responding to the Love of JESUS!

This is the city God has called us to.

I LOVE Detroit!






Wordless Wednesday – June 29, 2011

Recent days in Pictures:

Real Church BIG SPLASH on Belle Isle,

John the Baptist (with blond hair??)  visits the kids, Friends,

kite flying (thanks to our friend, Zach), “motor city fun starts young”

and my “baby” in the swing!


For other pics from other sites around the country/world

see Wordless Wednesday

and 5 minutes for mom