THE ANCIENT ART OF CLOTHES SWAPPING

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THE ANCIENT ART OF CLOTHES SWAPPING
22nd September, 2013

For some people a change of season is a good time to clear out the wardrobe of all the things they don’t wear, that don’t fit or just plain don’t suit them. As the saying goes ‘one person’s trash is someone else’s treasure’, and what better way to share the treasure, save the planet and have an excuse for a tea party than to organise a clothes swap? Get together with a few of your friends or acquaintances that you suspect might have amazing hand-me-downs and let the swapping begin!

For me, swapping clothes for the past eight years or so has created opportunities to connect with a circle of cherished friends, meeting new ones as the circle grows, and a time for sharing or storytelling. Our clothes have stories, some more than we wish: the jumper your grandmother made you but you never wore, the shirt from an ex-lover you can’t bear to wear again, the dress you can’t believe you ever wore. As our clothes move on, these stories move with them and take on a new life.

Clothes Swapping Guidelines (optional – this is how we do it!)

Around ten people are invited to the swap. The venue can be swapped between homes to share it around. An invitation goes out and the date and time are booked in. We allow around three hours for the swap (time for lots of tea, chat and food). Once an invitation is received we reply and then gather the clothes we wish to swap. Naturally we all bring along a plate of food to share! After about half an hour chat time we sit in a circle with our bags of clothes to swap. One person shows their wares at a time. At this point people can express interest in the items – if only one person wants item they get it! If more than one person wants the item it goes in the ‘fight pile.’ If no one wants the item it goes in a bag for charity or is saved for a future swap. Once everyone has swapped their stuff we move on to the fight pile. This is the time when we pull out our ‘blue steel’ (for those familiar with the film Zoolander), strut our best poses and facial expressions to win the desired item. Don’t forget to help the host to clean up! Then just enjoy seeing your friends wearing all your old clothes and looking fabulous!

AMANDA QUINN

MEMBER’S FILM NIGHT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE EDGE CINEMA KATOOMBA
26th November, 2012

Join us for a screening of the award winning film

BAG IT

WEDNESDAY 5th DECEMBER

EDGE CINEMA 7PM

Tickets $10 – available at the Co-op for members

or $12.50 at the door

Talk with filmaker and enviromnetalist Tim Silverwood afterwards

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