Downtown Hamilton stores put out free clothing racks as weather turns

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Published November 17, 2022 at 11:24 am

At least two vintage clothing stores in Hamilton’s downtown coure are placing free clothing races on the sidewalk, allowing people who are in need to add some more coverage against the elements as winter nears.

Both are in the 200-block of King St. E., the main drag. VintageSoulGeek, a curated shop whose stock is often in demand with film and television productions in the area, began putting a free rack outside a few weeks ago. Just a few steps west, WINK by OOTP, an alternative and vintage clothing store, has followed suit just this week.

“If you have some warm and clean items just taking up space, why don’t you bring ‘em to us and help make our city a littler warmer,” VintageSoulGeek wrote in a recent social media post.

WINK by OOTP is the sister store of Out of the Past, another vintage shop that is now located on Ottawa St. N. in the east end. It said in a post on Wednesday that it is accepting donations from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. six days a week, and 12 noon-5 p.m. on Sundays. A portion of the donations will be given to Living Rock Youth Resources, the downtown drop-in centre for at-risk youth.

The snow flurries this week in Hamilton might portend what is ahead for the winter months. The Canadian edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac has stated that the nation is for a “sneaky cold” winter, with Ontario likely to get more snow than it has in recent times.

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