Like any clothing swap, the idea is to pass on clothes that for one reason or another you can't see yourself wearing again, or that you like but want to refresh. The twist is that the clothes that go home with you will have been personalised. Just think, you can head into the party season with a whole new designer wardrobe..... and the designer is you!
The entry fee consists of small amount of cash ($10) as well as a bag of clothes to contribute. These clothes will be the raw material for the restyling. Of course, you are also welcome to bring old favourites, and keep them for yourself to restyle. Remember, the point is to look at stuff around us as potential resources, rather than waste.
So make sure that it's stuff that you'd be OK with wearing again if the style was more flattering, or it still fitted after eating all that chocolate / taking up salsa dancing. Maybe you, like myself, got caught up in Royal Show fever, and bought a Hoff bag, and now you have a nice coloured tee shirt that fits badly and has David Hasselhoff grinning maniacally on the front. I think you can see my problem.
Please don't bring stuff that really is past it's useful life - it costs money to dispose of, and we'd rather give the proceeds to people who can use it well than waste it on being allowed to throw things into a big pit. Some ideas: last year's New Year's Eve dress, those bootleg pants that look just so 2007, the pyjama pants your sister gave you for Christmas last year and you never actually fitted into (but you really appreciated that she under-estimated your size), skirts, high heels because you only wear flats, flats because you only wear heels, belts, accessories, jewelry, sunglasses, bags, etc. Feel free to also bring bibs and bobs to decorate with - the pretty ribbon from the chocolate box, the necklace with a broken clasp, pieces of lace that you found in an op shop, or the spare buttons from clothes that are long gone.
Only clothes please! If you can't wear it, please don't bring it. While I'm the first to admit to having an extreme fetish for restyled furniture and trash art, this isn't the right time or place. Maybe a hardier soul than mine would like to start a similar event for the creative woodworker. I would certainly be first in the queue with my collection of random drawers waiting for a cabinet maker. (Oh yes, it's truer than you think)
Quantity is not important. Come with a little or a lot, whatever you got.
Swap-O-Rama-Rama is for boys, girls, men, women. Young people are very welcome, as it's an alcohol-free event, but we ask that people under 16 are accompanied by a responsible adult. Little kids may be overwhelmed, use your judgement. If they can't cope, remember it is at a farm. There are chickens :-)
See you there, only 24 more sleeps!
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