Clothing SWAP

Diary of a Frugalista: Confession Of a Swapaholic

Hi, my name is Nadya, and I’m a swapaholic.

Unnamed cotton dress found at the first Mega Swap event. It always gets tons of compliments

Just about three years ago I was a regular girl who was spending up to half of her salary on clothes. My wardrobe had trouble swallowing up all the stuff I crammed into it. My storage room contained two big suitcases almost bursting open because of the stuff inside.

My then husband hated Thursdays and Fridays. On these days, the balance on our credit card suffered severe losses.

But I could not help it. My girlish nature demanded new clothes on a regular basis, period!

Vintage jeans dress from 80s found at the YMCA swap event last year

Then everything suddenly changed.
One day I met Aleece (the founder of The SWAP Team) who came to visit a friend working in my office. Aleece told me about The SWAP Team and their clothing swap events. Shortly after, I participated in my very first swap.

A whole new world opened up right in front of me!

I got to exchange the clothes I was bored of for new-to-me, cool ones. I even managed to find some pieces that would be impossible to buy in a regular store.

That fascinated me.

Vintage dress found at the last Mega Swap event

I loved the feeling that I had while going through the racks and looking for interesting pieces. It was the thrill of the hunt and the anticipation of surprise. I felt like a kid in front of a box full of chocolate eggs with toys inside!

Then I began to meet people who found the items I brought to the swaps. I was looking at the things that used to belong to me … and I felt kind of proud of myself! The choice I made the other day when decided to buy them was greatly appreciated by somebody else. In addition, it was interesting to see how the others blended my former belongings into their style.

Divided dress found at the last Mega Swap event

I realized that I had started helping to save the environment much more than before. Instead of participating in blind consumption, I took part in a nature-friendly exchange that produces no greenhouse gasses — only a lot of fun!

Vintage dress from 80s found at the last Mega Swap event

My suitcases became empty, so my husband was happy. I got a great new wardrobe and saved tons of money!

This all made me very much addicted to clothing swaps. I recognize my condition, and I am very happy about it!

Suede shorts found at the last Mega Swap event

Vintage dress from 80s brought by Aleece at the YMCA swap event last year and found by me

Take Off Your Clothes — Concordia University Edition

Hey guys!

The new semester is here! Why not celebrate back-to-school with new outfits? This time, instead of shopping, consider….SWAPPING!

Who says that you have to dig deep into your pocket for a new wardrobe? You just need to dig in deep into your closet! The SWAP Team, North America’s biggest swapping clothing swap is coming to Concordia, and this time, the entire event would be run by none other than Concordia students themselves. With our partners, David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise (DOCSE) and Career Management Services (CMS) in Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, we aim to create more awareness in sustainable clothing consumption among university students.

How the event works:

  • Clean out your closet, and set aside the nicest things that you aren’t wearing anymore and get them cleaned.
  • If you have more than 10 items to swap, then you’ll need to drop it off in advance before the swap starts. Otherwise, please bring no more than 10 items with you on the day of the swap.
  • Please download and print this label and place one on each bag of clothing you bring with you to the swap.
  • We will look over everything and decide what to accept — if it’s clean and, undamaged then chances are we’ll take it.
  • Every item we accept earns you 1 exchange coupon, valid for any other item at the swap.
  • Sorry, we do not sell clothing or exchange coupons. You MUST bring acceptable clothing to swap in order to participate.
  • All Clothing remaining after the event will be donated to Renaissance, a Montreal-based charity.

For student body from any university or college (please have your ID ready at the entrance): advance $5, regular $8

For non-student: advance $7, regular $10

SAVE THESE DATES:

CLOTHING DROP OFFS:

Any day before September 19:
When: During regular business hours

Where: The David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise offices: 1450 Guy, office 6.325 or 6.323

What to do: Bring your clothes in a sealed bag and make sure to have label inside with your name and student ID (if applicable), and the total number of items in that bag. This is very important, because if we don’t have the label, we can’t know these clothes came from you!

SWAP!
Wednesday, September 19
When: 1PM – 5PM
Where: Molson Building Atrium (1450 Guy)

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We also have special appearances from:

  • Snob Affair – a Montreal-based blog that doesn’t settle when it comes to fashion!
    Whether to put together a business attire, or to match up casual outwear, they will be there as your fashion consultant!
  • Thé Kiosque
    Aside from being a cozy hang-out place to study or chitchat near Concordia, Thé Kiosque will generously provide us with hot tea to refresh your energy. When you need a break from swapping, come try out the different flavours Thé Kiosque has to offer!
  • A special guest seamstress who will be doing alterations and fittings to the clothes you have swapped – on the spot! While the simple work will be free of charge, she will be also offering more complex alteration at a special student discount.

So what are you waiting for? Join us, have fun, and swap it up!


Lovin’ the SWAP idea and want to get involved in the process? Become a volunteer and experience it with us! Contact amanda@theswapteam.org or eddy@theswapteam.org for further information.

 

Take Off Your Clothes – Toronto

Take Off Your Clothes – Toronto

Missed the drop off deadline? BRING YOUR CLOTHES to the swap!
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Join us for our 3rd edition of Take Off Your Clothes in Toronto!

Admission: $10 in advance or $12 at the door (complimentary glass of Barefoot Wine or Bubbly included)

Eventbrite - Take Off Your Clothes - Toronto's Biggest Clothing Swap!

Friday, May 11, 2012
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (Distillery District)
106 Trinity Street (map)

Get ready to swap in 4 simple steps:
1. BUY your ticket, save $2 now and skip the line at the door!
>>Buy your advance ticket now on Eventbrite
2. BAG your clothes — download, print and fill out our handy label and attach it to every bag of clean and folded clothing you’d like to swap. (Want to know what not to swap?  Click here for some tips, or see our laundering policy below.)
3. DROP OFF your clothes (see depot location/hours below)
4. COME to the event, pick up your exchange coupons and start swapping!

CLOTHING DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:
Queen West Storage
21 Ossington Avenue
416-535-1085 (please call if you are lost or cannot get in; their staff are very helpful!)
May 9: 4pm – 6pm

Enoch Turner School
106 Trinity Street
May 11: 12pm – 5pm (during setup before the event opens)

More event details:
+++Great selection of sizes and styles!
+++Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories
+++NEW item donations from local businesses
+++Music entertainment by DJ Barbi
+++Free style advice from stylists Janice Johnson and Domingo Lumanog
+++Complimentary glass of wine to every swapper by Barefoot Wine

All leftover clothing will be donated to Goodwill.

We do not accept:
Bathrobes, pyjamas, t-shirts, underwear, lingerie, swimwear, tank tops, socks, leggings or stockings. Likewise, we do not issue exchange tickets for ripped, faded, torn, stained, scratched, dirty, frayed, missing buttons, broken zippers or otherwise worn/damaged items. Items received that fail to meet these standards will be donated to Goodwill for recycling.

Laundering policy strictly enforced
As a courtesy to fellow swappers, please wash all clothing items you’d like to swap in hot water and dry on high for a minimum of 20 minutes (or: have them dry cleaned and keep them in the original plastic covering with a knot on the bottom). When the laundering cycles are complete, the clean laundry should be placed in new, clear garbage bags and sealed. We inspect everything that comes in and reserve the right to reject any item or bag of clothing that does NOT appear to comply with our policy.

Clothing donations
Can’t come to the event but want to support our cause with some donated clothing? Download our label, print/fill it out, attach it to each bag of clothing and drop off your clothing at our drop off location.

Questions? Email us: info@theswapteam.org

A HUGE thanks to our partners GOODWILL and BAREFOOT WINE & BUBBLY for making this event possible.
 

Take Off Your Clothes – Montreal

 

UPDATE: plenty of tickets available for Sunday! Buy your ticket at the door for $12. We’re inside the St-Catherine Street entrance. See you there!

HOW IT WORKS:

1. BUY your ticket 
2. BAG your clothing, shoes and/or accessories for men, women or children
Download, print and fill out this handy label and attach it to every bag of clean and folded clothing you’d like to swap. (Want to know what not to swap? Click here for some tips, or see our laundering policy below.)
3. DROP OFF your clothes BY JULY 22 (Missed the deadline? No problem! Bring up to 10 items MAX with you to the event to swap!)
4. COME to the event, pick up your exchange coupons at the entrance, and start swapping!

Volunteers get in free!
Want to join our fun & fabulous volunteer team? You’ll get free admission throughout the event. Join our group here: http://groups.google.com/group/theswapteam-montreal-volunteers

We do not accept:
Bathrobes, hoodies, sweatpants, pyjamas, t-shirts, underwear, lingerie, swimwear, sports gear, tank tops, socks, leggings or stockings. Likewise, we do not issue exchange tickets for ripped, faded, torn, stained, scratched, dirty, frayed, missing buttons, broken zippers or otherwise worn/damaged items. Items received that fail to meet these standards will be donated to Renaissance for recycling.

Laundering policy strictly enforced
As a courtesy to fellow swappers, please wash all clothing items you’d like to swap in hot water and dry on high for a minimum of 20 minutes (or: have them dry cleaned and keep them in the original plastic covering with a knot on the bottom). When the laundering cycles are complete, the clean laundry should be placed in new, clear recycling bags and sealed. We inspect everything that comes in and reserve the right to reject any item or bag of clothing that does NOT appear to comply with our policy.

Many thanks to our event partners Zoofest, GoBac, Communauto and Renaissance for making this event possible!

QUESTIONS?
Sponsorship/Partnership: aleece@theswapteam.org
Volunteer at the event: http://groups.google.com/group/theswapteam-montreal-volunteers
Frequently asked questions: http://theswapteam.org/faqs
Press inquiries & all other questions: info@theswapteam.org

See you at the swap!

The SWAP Team

Yoplait Light and DailyCandy’s Fall Swap Event w/The SWAP Team!

Yoplait Light and DailyCandy’s Fall Swap Event w/The SWAP Team!

You’re Invited to Yoplait Light and DailyCandy’s Fall Swap Event!

What: DailyCandy and Yoplait Light invite you to Karen Millen’s Soho boutique to celebrate The Yoplait Light Fall Swap Event, an evening to feel good, look good, and do good. Bring an article of clothing to donate to The SWAP Team and swap it for an overflowing gift bag.

Why: Mingle over cocktails and delicious Yoplait Light treats with Jeannie Mai, host of How Do I Look? on the Style Network, correspondent for NBC’s upcoming Fashion Star series, and Yoplait Light spokesperson. Learn about simple swaps you can make in your wardrobe and diet; plus, shop the store at 20 percent off.

When: Nov. 17. Thurs., 7-9 p.m.

Where: Karen Millen, 112 Prince St., b/t Greene & Wooster Sts.

Please RSVP for the event here:
http://www.dailycandy.com/sweetshop/posts/113555/Youre-Invited-to-Yoplait-Light-and-DailyCandys-Fall-Swap-Event

 

 

 

 

Re-Clothe! A Community Clothing Swap at the YWCA

Re-Clothe! A Community Clothing Swap at the YWCA

Hosted by the YWCA Montreal
February 24th, 2011 from 5-9pm
Holden Fisher Hall, 1355 René-Levesque Blvd. West, Montreal
(map)

***SORRY, THIS IS EVENT IS NOW FULL!***
You can join the waiting list by emailing: rhorwat@ydesfemmesmtl.org

All guests who have RSVPed must drop-off their clothing on one of these dates/times:
January 24, 10AM-6PM
January 31, 10AM-6PM
February 7, 10AM-6PM
February 10, 10AM-6PM
February 14, 10AM-6PM
***Please label your bags with your full name and contact information and bring them to the YWCA Volunteer Centre (1355 Rene-Levesque West) on the 1st floor.

Every item you drop off gets you 1 “exchange ticket” valid for any other item at the clothing swap (as long as it qualifies – see “what to swap”).

You will receive your exchange tickets at the entrance of the event on February 24th.

What to swap:
Clean and undamaged women’s clothing, shoes and accessories in excellent condition.

We do not accept:
Bathrobes, pyjamas, underwear, lingerie, swimwear, tank tops, socks, or stockings. Likewise, we will not issue exchange tickets for ripped, stained, dirty, broken or otherwise damaged items.

This FREE event is made possible by RECYC-QUÉBEC, The S.W.A.P. Team, Garnitures Dressmaker Ltée, Emeline and Annabelle, FEM International and Certex.