Grey skies and a near-constant downpour couldn't dampen the excitement of fashion-savvy swappers at Swapsity’s high-end Clothing Swap, a highlight at Shop Sustainable on November 29.
Armed with bags of pre-loved clothes, shoes and accessories, participants flocked to the fashion swap, ready to check in and check out what the event had to offer. It wasn't long after setting up and stocking the Swap Zone with hundreds of early drop-off items that participants poured in. The Swap Zone had a distinctive boutique feel to it with organized racks of fabulous fashions and tables lined with amazing items.
The evening was a flurry of fashionable finds and beaming faces. Participants expertly combed through the collection of more than 1,100 items and were rewarded with clothes and accessories that suited both their wardrobes and frames. The Swap Zone’s high-energy traffic didn’t slow down until just minutes before the end of the event. When the night was over, 728 items had been swapped and 372 were donated to Goodwill for a total savings of $19,110!
Fashion-loving swappers were thrilled with the event, enjoying the chance to pass along pre-loved items, clear out clothes that no longer fit, cut down on clutter, curb consumption, have fun and save money.
For some, our event at Shop Sustainable was a first. Jennifer mentioned she doesn’t like wasting stuff and had been secretly hoping for an event like ours. She brought 23 beautiful items that had gone neglected in her closet and, in return, picked up 22 she was sure to get use out of. Others, like Sam, had swapped clothes with friends but had never been to a hosted event. It was no surprise to see the great time people were having and hear the many hopes of future swap events just like this one.
Shop Sustainable is an event held by Fashion Takes Action, Canada's only non-profit organization that focuses on sustainability in the fashion industry.
A heartfelt 'thank you' to Fashion Takes Action for coordinating clothing drop offs and organizing Shop Sustainable, the tireless volunteers and participants who helped make this event one to remember!
If you missed this swap event be sure to join us next year for more swapping fun.
Jim P wrote on Dec 8th 2011, 16:38
The fashionistas were out giving and getting some great clothes.