The Swap Sheet: April 2010

Since Amy and I officially launched The Swapaholics last Monday, we’ve hosted a friends & family swap for national TV cameras (eek!), been interviewed about swapping & bartering for two major national publications (pinch me!), and watched as our friends at online clothing swap haven ThredUP.com branched out into kids clothes, which we’re sure is going to be HUGE. (More on these individually soon, promise.)

Apparently, word about our addiction to clothing swaps is spreading like wildfire, so we’re going to change gears and will now publish The Swap Sheet (<< like the new name?) monthly instead of weekly. If you are hosting, going to, or know about a swap coming up in May, give us the deets by posting a comment or a shout-out @theSwapaholics on Twitter.

Here’s what’s on deck for the rest of April:

SATURDAY APRIL 10TH

CHICAGO, IL (Glen Ellyn)
Teen Parent Connection Clothing Swap
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

739 Roosevelt Road
Building 8, Suite 306
Glen Ellyn, IL

We really love this swap: hosted by the Teen Parent Connection, a group that fosters education about the responsibilities of teen pregnancy and teen parenting “through long-term assistance to adolescent parents for their development of self-esteem, parenting skills, and empowerment towards self-sufficiency.” The swap is a way for young parents in DuPage County to shop (completely free) for infant and kids’ clothing, bedding, toys, and more family necessities.  If you live in the Chicago area and have any items to donate to the swap, we’re sure they’d LOVE to hear from you!

‘TIS THE SEASON:
LET THE MILLION & A HALF SWAP-O-RAMA-RAMAS BEGIN!

For those of you unfamiliar with Swap-O-Rama-Rama, check out this Shoestring story with Swap-O-Rama-Rama Chicago, or check out the photos from the Somerville Swap-O-Rama-Rama we co-hosted last summer with Suzanne Piubeni of Sew What?. Basically, Swap-O-Rama-Rama is the best of clothing swaps as recycling: you can strictly swap clothes, or you can participate in their “upcycled” fashion sewing clinic and fashion shows. How cool is that?

HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA
Swap-O-Rama-Rama
12 to 4 pm
Lowe Mill Arts Center
$5 and a bag of clothes.

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Swap-O-Rama-Rama
12 to 4 pm

Missouri Historical Museum
Forest Park
Lindell and DeBaliviere
St. Louis, MO 63112
FREE

BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA
Swap-O-Rama-Rama
10 am to 4 pm

Appalachian State University
Plemmons Student Union
Grandfather Mountain Ballroom)
Boone, NC 28608
$5 and a bag of clothes

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA
Swap-O-Rama-Rama Earth Action Day Event

12 to 5 pm
Chapel Hill Public Arts Program
Southern Community Park
Southwest of Highway 15-501, first right after Main Street entrance to Southern Village
$10 and a bag of clothes

SUNDAY APRIL 11TH

LAWRENCE, KANSAS
One Hundred Good Women Swap

1 to 3 p.m.
“Steve’s Place”
1111 E 1400 Road
Lawrence, KS 67046

Midwestern Swapaholics, this swap has your names written all over it, boasting a great cause and community, a chance to clean out your closets and grab new duds for $1 each, and free noshing on wine, cheese, and chocolate.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 14TH

TWIN CITIES, MINNESOTA
Earth Month Clothing Swap

6:30 to 8:30 pm
Whole Foods
3060 Excelsior Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55416
FREE

Way to go, Whole Foods, for hosting a clothing swap! Bring five items (clean, of course, and only gently worn) to exchange for five new ones, all completely free — plus, nosh on free gourmet goodies from everyone’s favorite luxury organic grocer while you shop — to celebrate Earth Day with the ultimate form of fashionable recycling.

SATURDAY APRIL 17TH

SAN LUIS OBISPO
Swap-O-Rama-Rama by UpcycleSLO
1 to 6 p.m.
Laguna Middle School
San Luis Obispo, CA
$5 and a bag of clothes in advance, $10 and a bag of clothes at the door

ORANGEBURG, NY
Swap-O-Rama-Rama
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hennessey Center
Dominican College
470 Western Highway
Orangeburg, NY
$10 and any size bag of gently used clothing

SATURDAY APRIL 24TH

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
Swap Not Shop Clothing Exchange
3 to 9 p.m.
Soundwave Studios
2200 Wood Street
West Oakland, CA
$5 and a bag of clothes, $1 drinks for swappers 21+, $1 screenprints

A “homeygrown” clothing swap organized by a super cute group of “swashbucklin’ swapettes,” this Earth Week edition of their regular swap events is a way to “counteract the disposable nature of consumerism by providing the time and place for shopping renegades to recycle clothes and other reusable items.” Much like Swap-O-Rama-Rama’s commitment to “upcycling” swapped clothing through sewing stations, Swap! Not Shop! has recruited a screen printing artist to customize your new tees, tanks, dresses, jackets, what-have-you with an original screen print for just $1 each. Did we also mention there are $1 drinks?

NEVADA CITY, CALIFORNIA
Children’s Clothing Swap
2 p.m to 4 p.m.

The Family Resource Center
Oak Tree School Campus
Lodge Building
Nevada City, CA
Drop-offs start Monday, April 12th through April 22nd ($5) or $6 at door

PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Swap-O-Rama-Rama
12 to 4 p.m.

The Trunk Space
1506 & 1504 NW Grand Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85007
$5 with a bag of clothes, $10 without

TUESDAY APRIL 27TH

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
The Swapaholics Beauty Swap & Bag Party
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
1154 LILL Studio
220 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02118
$10 and a bag of like-new beauty products.

Spring clean your cosmetic cabinet and join The Swapaholics for Boston’s first-ever beauty product swap and bag party! Nosh on cupcakes and Champagne while you swap for sweet new makeup and create a new, custom makeup bag at budget-friendly discounts just for attendees using LILL’s fresh and pretty new spring fabrics. Plus, one lucky swapper will win LILL’s newest handbag design: the LEXIE! Tickets are $10, and $1 from each ticket goes to support The Progressive Women’s Association of Pakistan, an organization that helps victims of “honor crimes” with medical bills and plastic surgery. All leftover cosmetics and toiletries will be donated to Rosie’s Place, a safe haven for women in Boston.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 28TH

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
The Clothing Exchange, A Swapping Event for the Ladies

Check in at 6:30 p.m., Swap at 7:30 p.m.
Level 2, The Eastern Hotel
500 Oxford St
Bondi Junction, Sydney
$25 plus a bag of clothes, includes complimentary drink

  • http://www.bulklotshirts.com Jeniffer Lawer

    Was hoping you also had a newsletter sign up, count me in.

  • http://www.hpswap.com Sharon

    “Swap for Good” Fundraiser and Swap at The Fifth Cocktail Lounge in Los Angeles Saturday 5/15/10. We will swap books & media, music & movies + accessories…
    See the event web page:
    http://www.housepartyswapnshop.com/may15bookswap.htm