On 21 April, the Curtin Student Guild announced that they were holding their third annual Pop-up Thrift Market and were accepting donations up until Friday, 28 April.
The event ran from Tuesday, 2 May until Thursday, 4 May, from 10am to 3pm each day at The Retreat (B106D).
The Pop-up Thrift Market gave patrons an opportunity to purchase second-hand items for any price they wish to donate.
Items that were up for grabs included accessories, clothing, books, games and homeware appliances.
According to their website, emails and social media posts, the Student Guild’s listed purpose for the event was to allow students to spring-clean their homes, and hopefully find other items worth rehoming.
Guild President Dylan Botica and Vice President of Activities Athina Hilman says the Thrift Market was a great avenue to support the community and promote sustainable living.
“Not only are we trying to do good for the environment by being sustainable, but the Guild prioritises giving back to the community where possible,” Athina assures.
“All the money raised at the event will be donated to the Freedom Centre, which is an LGBTQIA+ charity based in Leederville.”
“A lot of students are also struggling with the rising cost of living,” Dylan adds.
“One of the reasons why we have the ‘pay for entry’ rule is so that students who can’t afford to pay full-price for items have the opportunity to grab stuff they might need.”
Although the Pop-up Thrift Market has occurred once a year since 2020, the Student Guild hopes that if the event runs successfully, they can hold another one in Semester 2.
“The long-term goal for us would be to have an op-shop available to students on campus all year long,” Dylan says.
“But in the meantime, and if all goes well, hopefully we’ll be able to increase the number of Pop-up Thrift Markets that we hold each year.”