AN ECO refill shop in Romsey hosted its biggest clothes shop yet, with more than 700 items swapped.

Lemon and Jinja, in Belbins Business Park, hosted its first clothes swap of the year, with a record number of tickets sold and hundreds of swapped items in just three hours.

The refill store and café in Cupernham Lane launched the clothes swap event in May to help customers be more sustainable.

Participants can buy tickets ahead of time or on the day and don’t need their own clothes to swap to take part. Customers can leave with as much as they like and the shop collects donations a week in advance but will still accept pre-loved clothes on the day.

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Jesse Dugdale, owner, said: "We’ve done this so that anyone can join, no matter the background they come from. We want everyone to be able to access this event and don’t feel like they need to have a whole sack of clothes to swap out. We also work alongside Romsey Foodbank to provide tickets for their users. Lemon and Jinja customers can buy ‘pay it forward’ tickets that get passed onto Romsey Foodbank."

Sophie Roe, manager, said: “It was great to see so many people coming back for yet another great clothes swap. We loved seeing familiar faces and all the new people it brought in. I just can’t get over how many clothes were swapped that day and cannot wait for the next one already.”

After the clothes swap, any leftover items are donated to various charities. The next swap will be on Sunday, March 24. The business is also hosting its next community litter pick on Sunday, February 4.

Lemon and Jinja is open every day at Belbins Business Park. For more information go to