Friday, November 8, 2013

To swap or to shop?

What if you could do both?  Wouldn't it be amazing?  Can you imagine being able to change up your wardrobe by swapping some of your gently-worn items for some new-to-you ones?

Sounds too good to be true, right?  But, it's not!  That's exactly what I did last weekend.

The lovely sisters Karen and Sam Wong of Nappahead put together a great event called Swap and Shop at Little Square over on Square Street over the last two weekends.  The idea is simple:  you bring in a minimum of 10 items (cleaned, pressed, etc) to swap, they take a look at what you've got and decide what they'll take and how many items you can swap in the shop.  Remaining items can either be brought back home or donated to the Salvation Army, right there.

For a secondhand clothes, thrift store loving, eco-conscious girl like myself, this event was right up my alley.  It's feel-good fashion with a conscience at it's best.  Sharing what we already have with each other and minimizing fashion textile waste.

I ended up with 14 pieces I could swap, which was like being a kid in a candy store.  I brought my mum and little Cally along for the outing, and the little girl ended up bringing home two headbands and a really cute leopard spots handbag in addition to my swapped goodies.  Such a treat!

Among other things I brought home were these cute periwinkle and white spotty shorts and the chevron striped gold tone bracelet.

Thanks again, Karen and Sam and the rest of the Swap and Shop team.  I can't wait for your next event!

Outfit details: Sam Edelman booties, American Apparel crop top, Swap and Shop shorts and bracelet, butterfly necklace from Stanley Market, charity shop scarf

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