Last weekend I attended my first clothes swap.
I've written a lot about clothes swaps and my friends and I regularly swap on a micro-scale, but this was my first-ever proper ticketed event.
I was there to speak on an interview panel, otherwise, I'm not sure I would have gone.
I've always loved the idea of a clothes swap, but often wondered whether my clothes would be good enough to swap, whether there would be other good stuff there, or just generally whether the whole thing would be a bit awkward...
Clothes swaps are really starting to gain momentum and after going on the weekend, I now totally get why.
The event I went to was beautifully curated, thoughtfully organised, and had the most amazing vibe.
A mind-blowing amount of clothes were swapped*, but there was so much more to it than that. There was an amazing sense of connection between the women that were there, and it felt like people were so much more conscious about the clothes they were selecting.
During the panel discussion, we talked a lot about the impact of fashion and I loved that people could feel good about making a difference.
After my maiden clothes swap voyage - I'm convinced that clothes swaps are where it's at! They are a pretty powerful way to slow our consumption, celebrate the value of clothes, save a heap of $$$ and connect with other humans.
If you're keen to give clothes swapping a whirl:
- Start small by swapping a few clothing items with friends
- Keep an eye out for clothes swaps in your area
- Look at starting your own. Here is a handy link, or feel free to drop me an email and I can hook you up with a few other ideas...seriously, I would love to help out.
* PS You don't directly trade items at a clothes swap - you bring things to swap and they all go into the big pool of clothes that everyone then gets to choose from. Way less awkward right?!?