Swapping is the new shopping.

Over the years, most of us have amassed a collection of clothing that they simply do not wear anymore. These items typically will remain in a our closet unworn for years until they are eventually disposed of. Instead of having these clothes pile up, and take up precious wardrobe space, why not exchange them in a swap. On April 5th and 6th, 313 @ Somerset will be holding its annual Green and Gorgeous Fashion Swap.ย 

From now until March 30th, you can drop off your pre-loved clothing and accessories atย  #B1-30 in exchange for “trend stars”. Then you can swap these “trend stars” for other pre-loved fashion items during the fashion swap event. The event is completely free. You get a chance to update your wardrobe, while keeping your old clothes out of the landfill. Here’s what to expect when you drop off your clothes and when it’s time to swap them:


The Green & Gorgeous Fashion Swap


Registration (drop off clothes):

1. If you’re among the first 120 people to register for the swap (by dropping off your pre-loved clothing), you will get a goodie bag on the day of the swap. I just dropped off my clothes yesterday and I was number 55.

2. You are limited to 15 items total (this includes clothing and accessories).

3. When you drop off your items, there is a photobooth area where you can have your photo taken and printed.

4. This year, the organizers are offering something new called “fashion transformation”. This is where they take your old denim and make it into a pouch, which you can customize. If you choose to have your old jeans transformed, it will not count toward your “trend stars” or your 15-item limit.


The Swap:

1. If the swap is anything like last year’s event, it will be very crowded. The space they allocated last year was fairly small. They will allow people in the “store area” in batches. When it’s your turn, you have 20 minutes to shop. Sometimes people from an earlier batch remain even though their time is up. And before you knew it, you were surrounded by a massive crowd and barely able to move. This year, the event is split into two days, so hopefully it will be less insane.

2. The other thing to note is that this event is mostly for ladies. I don’t remember seeing a single piece of men’s clothing (but this year might be different).

3. If there is something that catches your eye, grab it because things move fast and you won’t be able to have a second look, especially if they enforce the 20-minute rule. You could always put the item back later, if you decide that you don’t want it.

4. You will probably not be able to get the same number of items that you originally registered with. So be prepared to have some of your “trend stars” forfeited. The organisers of the event told me that any leftover clothing and accessories are donated to charity.

Swapping is the new shopping! Why buy when you can share and exchange? It’s good for your wallet and it’s good for the planet. It’s something to be proud of! Hope to see you there!!!

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