Destash And Donate With Discretion

Shoppers benefiting from donated textile craft and sewing supplies at significantly lower prices than big name retailers

Extra time at home throughout the pandemic has led to an increase in decluttering. 

Whether you’ve held up a vase and asked if it sparks joy, embarked on your Swedish death cleaning journey, or binged ‘The Home Edit’ on Netflix, chances are you’ve found yourself with some items you no longer need.  

Deciding what to do with your excess items is often easier than determining what will make the cut. Many people choose to donate to a local charity, rather than contribute to landfill. As it is, around 6000 kilograms of clothing and textiles end up at the dump each year. 

Everton Park’s The Nest Community receives many donations each week from generous locals decluttering and reducing their craft stash. The Nest runs a haberdashery thrift store which sells donated textile craft and sewing supplies at significantly lower prices than big name retailers. 

The Nest Community Chief Executive Roz Fenson said haberdashery sales are the main income source for the charity.

‘We rent a beautiful old house which we use for the haberdashery downstairs, the workshop and meeting space upstairs, and our plant nursery out the back,’ Ms Fenson said. 

‘Without the donations to the haberdashery we wouldn’t be able to pay the rent, so we’re incredibly grateful for the overwhelming community support we receive.’

The Nest Haberdashery accepts donations of clean, good condition fabric, yarn, embroidery and sewing threads, buttons, zips, hooks and needles, and sewing machines. In the past decade, The Nest has diverted more than 107,000 metres of fabric from landfill. 

‘Six days a week we have a team of volunteers sorting bags of donations, measuring fabric, detangling balls of yarn, rolling up ribbons, testing zips and examining everything that comes in the door,’ Ms Fenson said. 

‘We would be extremely grateful if anyone donating to The Nest could help us by pre-sorting your items in a number of small bag or boxes rather than one large bag.’

Visit www.thenestcommunity.org.au/haberdashery to see what can be donated to The Nest Haberdashery. To get a bargain on supplies for your next craft project, visit The Nest Community at 720 South Pine Road Everton Park from 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday or 10am to 4pm Saturday. 

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