Hello again to all the swapping sisters out there.
We have been pretty busy since I last chatted to you. As you may have noticed while reading the blog, the corporate world and Local Councils have been getting in on the sustainable swapping act by holding swaps for their employees and constituents.
We held a corporate swap in Sydney CBD with Telstra in May. There was a large turnout and the ladies enjoyed the event. Most people there had never heard of this kind of thing but I think they’ll get used to it. There’s nothing that beats getting new clothes and not having to pay for them!
Ku-ring-gai Council just had their swap at Pymble on Election Day on August 21st. This swap went extremely well. I think this one has been our biggest swap to date with more than 170 swappers. There were some lovely items to be had and most people were very happy with their ‘purchases’… that’s using their button currency… hehe.
And I love that we donated so much clothing to the charity, The Clothesline, so a lot of people benefit from our swap events.
Our regular Clothing Exchange swaps have been numerous too. We had a lovely swap at Marlborough Hotel in Newtown on 18th May. We also had two fantastic swaps at Hotel Clarendon in Surry Hills… one on 26th June and again on 14th August. We love this venue. Lots of fabulous clothes were exchanged on these days. People are really getting the hang of what swapping is all about.
Our next big big big event is National Swap Day on Monday 25th October at Cargo Bar, The Lounge, 52-62 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Sydney. This event is going to be seriously huge. It’s being sponsored by Venustus Beauty And Body Lab, who use wonderful organic products to beautify you and make you look and feel good. And Cargo Bar is a great venue with lovely watery views of Darling Harbour.
So ladies, see you at a swap soon … Kirst and Suzi
Hello there… yes finally, it is us… Kirsten and Suzi… The Clothing Exchange gals from Sydney.
Just want to share some news with you about what’s happening in this fabulous city and what we are doing to get the word out about The Clothing Exchange and how we are helping to preserve this beautiful planet of ours.
We have just had an amazing night on Tuesday with the Greenups crew at their regular monthly event/drinks gathering. The topic du jour was Sustainable Fashion and there were some wonderful women speaking about what they are doing in this area. They also gave us some food for thought on how we could be more responsible in our choices with the clothing that we buy.
We provided the arena for these people to experience a clothing swap and to say that they thought it was fantastic is an understatement. Here are some quotes taken from the Greenups site.
Great funky venue, passionate speakers, captivating the audience. And I scored a Linda Jackson bush couture bolero, while my friend picked up MY dress.
People keep admiring this “new” skirt of mine. I’m entirely dressed by Anglicare and clothes exchanging today… which is relatively normal for me. But it’s something of a miracle that all four articles I picked up on Tuesday fitted me perfectly!
Also wearing the swap gear – jeans thanks – and how nice to see Hill street venue….
Well done!!! in every way. Speakers were so inspiring, the clothes, organisation, swap and the soup – delicious, simple and amazing! I am wearing my new dress today – thank you!
We also had two large bags of clothing left over that we donated to ClothesLine which is our preferred charity for clothing donations, as all the clothing goes straight to the people who need it. So please keep that in mind when donating clothes to any charities.
So… many many thanks to the lovely people from Greenups for the opportunity to show everyone what we do. It seems we have converted quite a few people to the benefits of swapping and we look forward to seeing many of them again at future events.
Our next public swap is on Tuesday 18th May at The Marlborough Hotel, 145 King St, Newtown. This is a great venue and the last swap we had there was very successful. So we hope to see you there for much fun and swapping!
Watch out Sydney, The Clothing Exchange has just announced their upcoming dates for the first few swaps for 2010!
The first swap will be held at the fabulous Addison Road Centre, Marrickville on Saturday 6th February, check in commences at 5.30. This event is sure to be blast as it will run co-currently with the Makers Night Market which is held at the same venue, so be sure to book your tickets early through The Clothing Exchange Event page.
The second swap will be held at the Surry Hills Library on Saturday 13th March. This event is free to members of the library, but if you’re not a member then that will be $15. To reserve your swapping spot please email email@example.com
Remember to check out The Clothing Exchange website for guidelines on how the swapping will work and what to bring. Should you have any other thoughts/comments/queries for the Sydney team please send them straight through to firstname.lastname@example.org and the lovely Kirsten will be able to reveal all!
The team from Sydney went north last Saturday to join forces with Manly Council and their ‘Green Up Your Life’ team. We had a great selection of cool vintage / retro wares mixed in with sequinned disco tops, jeans, suits, funky beach apparel and the occassional high end designer label. It never ceases to please me when someone is always willing to part with their Burberry trench or Louis Vuiton heels and is happy to take home a cool summer dress or great fitting pair of jeans. Thankyou to Sonya and Claire from Manly Council who are keen supporters of a more greener and sustainable lifestyle for the local community. Their generosity of their time and effort they put into this fun and exhilerating event shone through leaving everyone feeling satisfied and happy with their new acquisitions to their wardrobe (including a complimentary native plant kindly donated by the green thumb department of the Council).
We will be back East for our December swap on Saturday the 12th. You’ll find us at the very cool Eastern Hotel in Bondi Junction, 500 Oxford St, Level 5 at 2.30pm. Come and enjoy a great afternoon of swapping and a cool relaxing beverage. Book tickets online to avoid missing out.
Tomorrow 28th November is Buy Nothing Day where everyone is encouraged to stop consuming and focus on the better things in life. It was started in 1992 in Vancouver by Adbusters as a way of protesting against consumerism that can run rampant in our society, it is now a worldwide event.
Special events have been organised in Sydney and Melbourne, so go along and support this worthwhile form of activism, as for every dollar you spend is your vote for what exists in this world.
And remember Swap don’t Shop.
Some amazing photographs from Rethreads in Sydney – the largest swap known of attracting around 1700 people! Unbelievable!
and of course the amazing team in Sydney who made this all happen!!
This Saturday 19th September, The Clothing Exchange, together with Carriageworks will be hosting Rethreds – a clothing, music and book mass swapathon!
Clothing is your currency at Rethreads – bring your best cast-offs to CarriageWorks on Saturday 19 September, and exchange them for new pieces to reinvigorate your wardrobe, music collection and bookshelf for FREE!
There is no entry fee, and you can take part in this community event for free.
It’s the most GFC-friendly event around – no money changes hands… if you bring 10 pieces, you can swap for 10 pieces.
Please note there is a limit of 20 items of clothing, but unlimited for everything else. This is to ensure quality is upheld and queues do not hinder the day.
Rethreads is the ultimate shopping experience for bargain-hunters, the style-saavy, and the sustainability-conscious. The main event is the clothes swap – an extravaganza of pre-loved fashion, fused with good music and great reads.
The exchange will be divided into three areas, where you can swap clothes for clothes, music for music and books for books.
The best of local music from 2SER, Fbi and an awesome line up of live bands fabricate the soundtrack to your retail therapy. Once you’ve swapped, cruise the intoxicating range of other stalls and chill out in the bar and café.