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Kōkua General Store Clothing Swap

Join us in the Kōkua General Store on Saturday, May 4th from 10am-3pm to swap your gently-used clothes for some ‘new’ preloved clothing gems.

Why Clothing Swaps?

  • We host Clothing Swaps at the Kōkua General Store to encourage people to reuse and extend the lifespan of our clothing. The fashion industry is one of the largest polluters! It is so important to support secondhand in order to reduce waste and lessen the demand for new clothing.
  • We host Clothing Swaps at the Kōkua General Store to reduce waste in our landfills, extend the life of gently worn clothing items, and provide the community a fun opportunity for waste reduction.


When and where do I bring my clothes to swap?

  • To participate, bring your clean, gently-used clothing items to the Kōkua General Store between Friday, April 26th through Friday, May 3rd during our regular store hours. When dropping off your clothes you will receive a ticket to bring with you the day of the event.

Drop Off: 

66-249 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712

Wednesday-Thursday, 11am-5pm

Friday-Saturday, 10am-3pm


Can I bring clothes the day of the event?

  • We kindly ask you to not drop off any clothes the day of the event, as setup and organization needs to happen in advance by our staff. Mahalo for your understanding!


How many clothes can I swap?

  • You can bring as much clean, gently-used clothing as you want, but you may only swap/take home a maximum of 8 items.
  • If you donate 8 items or less, that same amount will be reflected on your ticket for how many items you can take (Ex. If you donate 6 items, you will be able to take up to 6 items).


Can I take more than 8 items?

  • We respectfully ask that you only take a maximum of 8 items or whatever number is listed on your ticket. This is a community event, and we want to ensure that everyone who participates has the opportunity to find something they love.


What kinds of clothes/items can I swap?

  • We are accepting clean, gently-used clothing in good condition (Ex. Dresses, pants, blouses, shirts, jackets, sweaters, etc.)! We are not accepting unwashed, poor-condition, significantly stained or ripped items. We are also not accepting accessories, shoes, or undergarments. Please do not donate these items to the swap. *A good rule of thumb is to bring items that you’d feel comfortable gifting to a friend!*


What about kids and mens clothing?

  • Yes! Along with womens clothing, we are accepting kids and mens clothing in good condition.


Can I try on clothes at the swap?

  • Yes, space is limited, but we have two fitting rooms available in the store.


What if I donʻt bring clothes to the swap but I see something I like? 

  • No problem, you will be able to purchase items of clothing from the swap for $10.00 each. All proceeds will go to Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation.


What happens to the leftover clothes?

  • Clothes not swapped will be added to the Kōkua Vintage $5 bin or added to the Kōkua Vintage racks, with 100% of proceeds going to support Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation! Other remaining clothing will be donated to RYSE Hawai’i or other local shelters.

If you have any questions, email us at [email protected]!