Inaugural ‘From Rags to Rainbows’ pop-up thrift event a success

On November 18, the inaugural “From Rags to Rainbows” Inclusive Pop-Up Thrift Shop welcomed over 70 members of the campus and local community. The event, held in the Hunt Union Ballroom, was a collaboration by The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Red Closet Thrift Shop, Office of Sustainability, and Otsego Pride Alliance. The proceeds made during the event totaled $187, which was put into the Sustainability Scholarship fund for students that demonstrate dedication to sustainable efforts and initiatives.

This event was designed to be inclusive of all identities and expressions. Not only was it a place to do some shopping, it was also an educational space for attendees to learn different tips and tricks around areas such as makeup application, skin care, and sustainable ways to utilize fashion that won’t harm the environment or break the bank. It was open to the community to bridge the gaps in the area for LGBTQIA+ members, including those in local middle and high schools. SUNY Oneonta has an incredible resource in the GSRC, but not all areas have a designated support space or source of resources, so this was a way to show that we are a community that cares.

Tom, a current student, had this to say about the event:  “I love that something like this can happen for our LGBTQIA+ community at SUNY Oneonta, allowing our trans and genderqueer students to feel accepted and helped with their desired gender presentation. As a queer person myself, it’s good to know that events with trans people in mind are extending into areas of fashion. I hope everyone who attends takes away that trans people face certain troubles when it comes to acquiring gender-affirming clothing, accessories, and cosmetics. This thrift pop-up is our way of telling trans people ‘we see you and we want to help.’”

Donations were collected throughout October and early November and there were a lot of items donated from the community! More than nine large boxes (shipping-sized) and 11 bags of clothing, accessories, makeup, jewelry, shoes, and more were donated by members of the campus and local community, which is incredible. The SUNY Pride Conference in October was a designated donation site, as well. Any items that weren’t purchased at the event went back to the Thrift Shop so that folks can access them throughout the rest of the year.

Thank you to all those who donated and volunteered! We hope to make next year’s event even better, so stay tuned in the spring for more details.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Phelps atEmily.Phelps@oneonta.edu.