The Clothes X Swap was on my way to another event, so this was a no-brainer. I just had to carry more stuff, is all. $5 got you in if you brought at least 5 items to swap (clothes, shoes, accessories), $10 if you couldn't bear to part with anything you own and came empty-handed (which is still a great deal!). In exchange, you got a bag that you could fill with 5-10 items from the swap (the items themselves were free). In addition, there were a few tables set up for people who were selling some clothes and jewellery (all quite inexpensive), as well as a DJ playing tunes and some pop chips and vitamin water to load up on (hey, shopping is a sport and an exhausting one at that! Free shopping even more so). All unclaimed items at the end of the night were donated to charity.
The space was down a rather uninspiring street that didn't look particularly promising, but the entrance itself was well-marked and the set-up downstairs was pretty neat. There was mood lighting, decorations, and a very organized layout with racks, tables, and baskets to make our browsing easy. A mirror was available and there was a ridiculously clean (and pretty!) washroom that could be used as a change room. Everything was organized and people browsing through were quite respectful and courteous, so things stayed organized and nobody lost buttons or got a black eye when somebody tried to elbow them out of the way. It looked liked the volunteers didn't expect the event to be quite this popular, so the space was a little tight (but not too overcrowded, so it was ok) and they seemed to be struggling a little bit with keeping up with all the new clothing contributions. But they did a good job and I hope they host something like this again.
WHAT: Clothes X Swap - She Does the City Clothing Swap
WHERE: The Manifesto Space (Queen and Spadina)
WHEN: April 21 - 12-5pm
INSIDER DETAILS: Keep and open mind and have fun! This is a great opportunity to try something you wouldn't normally risk trying if you have to invest money in it. And pay it forward by bringing some great items you no longer want that somebody else might enjoy. If you haven't worn it in 2 yrs (you KNOW you have that in your closet!), you're not going to wear it, so give it up and let someone else take it out for a spin. The more space you make in your closet, the more you will enjoy the clothes you have left and, ironically, the fewer "I have nothing to wear" episodes you'll go through.