Lauragais: Frip’ouillethèque offers clothing loans for children from 0 to 4 years

Mireille Pascal, Sabine Genty and Odile Lebaillis created together La Frip’ouillthèque in Ayguesvives. (© La Frip’ouillthèque)

Maybe this is it a first in France. However, we haven’t invented anything! “, leaves Mireille Pascalco-founder, co Sabine Genty and Odile Lebaillisof That Frip’ouilletheque in Ayguesvives. This new association has just been created with a concept that it has borrowed from a Swiss structure called Vet’Lok: a clothing loan service for children. “I met them and I thought the idea was super cool… I talked about it with friends and they also thought it was great”, explains Ayguesvivoise.

Frip’ouillethèque therefore offers clean clothes in good condition for children from 0 to 4 years against simple membership of the association. And this is undoubtedly the most important originality of this new service in comparison with the clothes rental services that already exist in France: “We offer the loan of children’s clothes, from head to toe. I really don’t think it existed. It’s like a library,” explains Mireille Pascal.

Limit costs, consumption and inventory

To participate, you must pay €36 per year for a first child, €24 for the second and €12 from the third. It will then be possible to visit the association’s premises which opens once a month to borrow a maximum of fifteen clothes.

A way to fall costs in connection with the purchase of clothing smallto limit consumption and thus production, and to avoid storing clothes from one season to the next, explains Mireille Pascal:

Up to a year, for example, it grows quickly, so the goods are often in good condition and there are nice things. And there is no longer any need to store. We borrow and keep at least one month.

Over 1,800 items

Sweaters, trousers, t-shirts… The association has one stock of 1,800 pcs for children from 0 to 4 years, without accessories such as shoes, hats, caps, sweaters, tights, stockings, etc.

And this for all seasons. “We always build our warehouse to have as many choices as possible and for every taste,” adds the co-founder of the association.

First opening

The Frip’ouillethèque has settled down in temporary premises lent by the municipality behind the Happy Age premises, place du Passadou in Ayguesvives. It opens its doors for the first time on Saturday 1eh October 2022 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (signposted route on D-Day).

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It will be possible to find out about the association’s stock, to find out more about the opening calendar and why not stick to the concept.

Always looking for donations

To top it up, La Frip’ouillethèque started collecting donations in May at the Fort d’Ayguesvives Fair and hasn’t stopped since. “We still get it. It’s complicated because we have space problems and there are seasons and ages where the stock is not yet sufficient,” laments Mireille Pascal. Today, the association’s needs relate more specifically to spring/summer clothing for children aged 12 months, 2 and 3 years.

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