How to get involved & what to bring…

The Festival of Thrift is not a passive thing. We want you to get involved and be part of the whole ethos of  the event. Our strap line this year is ‘It’s what you make it’ after all!

So, here are some easy ways to ensure that you’re not missing out! ALL FREE!

  1. Easy, just volunteer. Come and be part of our team and make it happen with us. You can volunteer for a morning or an afternoon and enjoy being part of the festival scene the rest of the weekend.
  2. Bring a toaster… well not just a toaster… a guitar, phone, lamp or anything else you can carry that needs to find a fix. The folks at the Fix It Cafe will show you how to fix it not fling it.
  3. Your old computer – no longer in use as you think its had its day – possibly an old Windows XP or Vista machine. Bring it along to the Durham Free Software Skill Share stall (near the Fix It Cafe in the Beehive). They will show you how to get it working again using free open source software. There’ll be demonstrations too.
  4. Search the house for those items that you no longer require and swap them for something you do! Swap a coat for a casserole dish, a trowel for a hat at the wonderful SwapShop
  5. Bring your specialist subject. How about the concept of instead of talking to an expert instead of Googling a question. Good old fashioned talking. The People’s Encyclopedia will offer your knowledge to those who need to know more.  In a relaxed and happy atmosphere, be a human YouTube video. From anything to how to dress to look your best, how to fix your car or social media.
  6. The theme this year is steam. We’re building a huge train scene set, from railway stations to cottages, forests and villages. But there’s no point in having a wonderful scene without the trains. Bring your trains and play. Simple!
  7. Wear your most dapper outfit. We’re looking for the Best Dressed Thrifters and inviting them to take to the stage as part of the OxGlam Fashion Show. If you’re picked out of the crowd you’ll be awarded a handmade rosette.
  8. Donate your left over fruit and vegetables to Jamallot, our Jam and Chutney making factory. Don’t let your apples, plums or veg go to waste. Either just drop it in or stay and do the making.
  9. Sign up for a workshop and learn something new you can enjoy or share. You can work along our international artist Olivier Grossetete and help build the tower for our launch event, or take part in theatre or performance parkour workshops.

There are lots of stalls and artists offering demonstrations too, including REJIG’s quilting, Durham Cathedral’s stone masonry, Abundant Durham’s willow weaving, felting and blacksmithing… the list is huge. Just join in.

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