2023 Thrift Gala
Wear the change you want to see in the world: Sustainable fashion for a sustainable future.
On Friday, April 14, 2023, head to FlowSpace (117 NW 16th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601) for the 2nd annual Thrift Gala. Don't forget to bring your own cup! #UNLITTER
The second annual Thrift Gala, now held annually in the spring, is a way for members of the UF community and beyond to get involved in the local sustainability scene, regardless of thrifting experience.
The Thrift Club and #UNLITTER at the University of Florida wants to raise awareness about the fashion industry's negative impact on our planet. Our inaugural Thrift Gala aimed to promote the circular economy of clothing. This will be a platform to display our best thrifted finds, including extravagant pieces that we wouldn't typically wear on the everyday. Think of it as the sustainable version of the Met Gala!
2023 music lineup
What to Wear
#UNLITTER your closet, find something you never wear and give it another life (or just wear that and accessorize). Get creative with things around your house, make a dress out of old to go containers or something else that would otherwise end up in a landfill. But if that's not your style, just come in your best thrifted outfit - high fashion is welcome, creativity encouraged.
If you're feeling unsure about what to wear to the Thrift Gala, don't worry - we've got you covered! The theme is "funky formal," so this is your chance to get creative and wear something unique that you may not have had the opportunity to wear before. If you need more guidance or have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at join@UNLITTER.org.
If you don't have anything suitable in your closet, don't fret. Check out some of Gainesville's local thrift stores like Flashbacks or Outreach for some affordable options. You could also consider borrowing an outfit from a friend. Remember, buying less and embracing thrifted clothing is a great way to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
about the event
At the event, there will be a styled thrifted fashion show and several booths to learn more about thrifting in Gainesville, as well as other ways to live a positive and sustainable #UNLITTER lifestyle. We will award a prize to the best-dressed attendee and select a few individuals from the crowd to join our models for the fashion show. The fashion show will feature work from local thrift stores and creators.
The upcoming event will feature 6 live local performances. Throughout the event, local vendors, artists, and creatives will gather to showcase sustainable practices in Gainesville. Join us for a gala-level event, all while wearing thrifted or repurposed pieces and bringing your own cup.
2023 THRIFT GALA VENDORS
Our aim of the #UNLITTER Thrift Gala is to foster a sense of community by promoting sustainability. The event will feature live performances local artists, and highlight the efforts of local vendors, artists, and innovators who are dedicated to building a more sustainable future.
#UNLITTER, a 501c3 nonprofit, started here in Gainesville, Florida in 2016. Since then, #UNLITTER has moved to college and high school campuses throughout the US and beyond.
For more information check out our Instagram @UNLITTER and @UNLITTERUF. www.unlitter.org/Gainesville
Started in 2020, Thrift Club aims to create a community of sustainability at UF and in Gainesville. Through their promotion of second-hand purchasing, Thrift Club makes environmentalism accessible and fun, especially with events like thrift swaps.
For more information about the organization and future events, take a look at their Instagram @thriftclubuf.