5 Best Things about Swapping

It is time again to do some swapping.  EVERYONE is cleaning out (thanks Marie Kondo), we have bags of goodies that no longer bring us joy, but might have A LOT of life in them still.

What to do?!  Absolutely drop them off at whatever local nonprofit they could support…OR…bring them to one of our clothing swaps!

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How To Swap

Bring 8-10 pieces of clothing OR shoes that are in GREAT condition and things you think someone would like.  Please bring hangers if you have them (but hangers that you don’t mind losing).

When you arrive volunteers will be there to help you hang your things on the rack that coordinates with the size of the clothing.  There will be tables for some items like pants and skirts that are difficult to hang.

START SWAPPING.  You can hunt around, try things on and take 8-10 pieces with you (free of course).

We charge a small admittance fee to help cover our cost, you can find links to tickets HERE.  It is AMAZING when you buy tickets before so that we have an idea of who can make it, but tickets are also available at the door.

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WHY We Love to Swap

1. FREE CLOTHES – If one man’s junk is another man’s treasure – clothing swaps are the ultimate treasure hunt.  It is so much fun to dig through and find things for FREE.

2. New Styles – EVERY time we do a swap we notice that a lot of people find pieces in colors or styles that they wouldn’t otherwise wear!  It is so fun to push your style a little bit with pieces that are free.

3. New Friends – it is so fun to find people who are your same size, style and shape to swap clothing with.  It is amazing how bonding these events are.  Strangers start to style each other and comment on great pieces or finds that others are picking up.  Over a snack or waiting in line for the dressing room, fun and really sweet conversations happen.  It’s our favorite.

4. Reused Clothing – When we are done with clothing that we have worn for a while, or have things that don’t fit us anymore, most of us just take it and donate it somewhere, it is quick and easy.  But tons and tons of that clothing can end up in landfills, or shipped over seas.  A swap is a great way to make sure the things you are done with go to a good home!

5. The Challenge – Maybe your coming to the swap just for the free clothes and if so, awesome.  Maybe you are coming to be with friends or to get rid of your clothes.  Whatever might bring you into the door, you will LOVE how much you learn, are pushed and are encouraged while you are there.  It is such an exciting experience to be in a group of women who could be competing for the same great top, but instead are helping each other hunt, putting together outfits, complimenting each other, acting shocked that someone would give up such great things.  You will learn about fashion, talk about sustainable wardrobes, tips on styling and so much more.

Jump into one of our swap events to experience all of the happy, positive and fun vibes that go along with being in a room of women who are just as excited as you to be recycling, reusing and having fun!

Can’t wait to see you there,

Christina

 

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Nothing I’m Wearing is Ethically Made

Some days everything I have on was bought from a major retailer, is in synthetic fibers (in intense colors that probably required several washes to dye) and was possibly even purchased off the sale rack!

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Yes, I am here everyday posting about all of the beautiful things I’ve found for you to buy that were safely made and relieve poverty and empower women and help, sometimes even relieve stress and harm on the environment.  AND I want all of that to be true about EVERY piece in my wardrobe.  But it’s only in the last year or two that I made that a commitment and I have a closet full of things that were purchased before that.  So what do I do with them?

Mostly, I keep them.  I try and restyle them in ways that are fresh and repair them or spot clean them when needed.  I do my best (I have young messy children) to wash them as infrequently as possible so that they last (and to conserve water in general).

But mostly, I have GRACE for myself and I walk tall, knowing that I’m trying and sometimes being good to others and the environment means keeping what I have, even if it’s story is not exciting and I really just ordered it from Zara (my skirt in the picture).

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I’m also really excited for our upcoming clothing swap in October!  Follow the link here for more INFO. Several of the pieces in my closet that fit the description above will be out that day.  I’m hoping I can switch for something new without completely getting rid of what I have.

So where ever your journey to a conscious closet is at…it is ALL GOOD.  Keep trying, being creative, rewearing, hunting, thrifting and know that you are not alone in it.

As always: Happy Ethical Shopping!

XOXO,

Christina

Why Swap Clothing?

I often have clothing I no longer wear and struggle with what to do with it. I never mind donating things to resellers, but have read so many accounts over the years of clothing that gets donated being thrown away. Somehow between consumers and businesses, in the U. S. alone, we dispose of 15 million tons of clothing waste a year. Most of which is synthetic and synthetic fibers take 100s of years to decompose. Only 15% of consumer pre-used clothing is recycled or reused, the rest of what we give away ends up in a landfill.

 

So, let’s buy less, buy recycled (Tonle, one of our partner groups works with only recycled fabrics), buy natural fibers AND on Sunday, SWAP what we don’t want anymore for something someone else has that we do want.

While we are at it, we’ll make it a party and offer some new clothing to purchase to pair with what is used. Hopefully, this will be really fun way to move our wardrobes and our clothing garbage in a more conscious direction. Link for event details and tickets is here.

Here is how it will work:

  1. Choose 5 to 10 pieces from your closet that you want to get rid of, any size, any season, but only women’s clothing, jewelry or accessories.
  2. Bring all of them to the Clothing Swap
  3. When you arrive you will be asked to put a label with your name on any clothing that you would want returned when you are done. If you have items that you’d like us to dispose of, we will do that in the most ethical way that we can find.
  4. We will organize your clothing by size on our racks.
  5. The swapping will begin 45 minutes after our event starts (so at 4:45).   While you wait please feel free to shop our vendors that are joining us.
  6. At 4:45 you are welcome to walk around and choose 5-10 pieces of your own to take home with you.

We will be “shopping” on the honors system. If you see something and want it, take it but please do not take more than the number of items you brought. If someone is holding something, it is off limits. Let’s abide by some basic rules, treat each other the way you would be treated and know that this is just for fun to find a new happy home for our stuff and hopefully get a great piece or two that we will wear in return.

Can’t wait to see you there and talk about swapping, reselling and all things ethical fashion.

Much love,

Christina