Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Thank you!

Sorry we have been gone so long. We were in need of some rest! But we now have the photos back from our fantastic friend and great photographer, Sarah, we are ready to show off how they day went!

Thank you so much to everyone who came along- we had such great day and hope you all did too! And hope you have all had the chance to wear some of the things you found! If you'd like to send us a 'proud new owner of.. ' image or note we'd love to pop up some success stories on here for others interested to see.

A very big special thank you to Teza for supplying us with some of their amazingly delicious drinks, we wouldn't have got through without them, and to everyone who helped (particulary Aimee and Hannah!) with our hiccupy set up. We promise to be more on the ball next time, and thank you to all of you for being patience souls.

A huge amount of photos to follow. Hope you enjoy them!

Swap-Away Team (Jess, Alex and Olivia)

Checkout boys

Wonderful Teza drinks!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Teza's to taste.

The wonderful people at Teza have given us a bunch of their delicious iced teas for the swap this Saturday- I could not love these drinks more! and now the lovely Teza folk would like you to see what all the fuss is about.

So come along for a taster of your own, and to exchange those dead clothes in your wardrobe for some fresh ones too of course! Sign up to the mailing list (right) and we'll send you all the other info you need or read on below! I'm hoping one of their crazy astro cars turns up too.

Just two more sleeps.

And here is a wee map we've put together to help you get there on Saturday- if you click the image it should open it in a new screen larger ready to print.

See you there!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What to expect when you Swap-Away.

Image from The Big Shwop in Wellington.

Thanks to Deb's great suggestion- we've decided to pop up some info about how the swap works and what to bring on here- instead of just sending the info to those on the mailing list.

Swap-Away invites you to raid your wardrobe and discerningly select approximately six garments or accessories (bags, shoes and scarfs only please!) you think others will value but that you no longer wear. It's completely fine to bring more or less but we figure around 6 items each will make for a great swap. A wash, a little press accompanied by neat-folding would be perfect if possible. We aren't able to accept garments with holes/tears or staining, a missing button, or fallen down hem is fine just let us know so we can mark it appropriately for the new owner.

It is important that you are detached and happy to see them adopted by
new owners.

There will be one token per garment. So someone could potentially trade tracky dacks for a designer dress you ask? This is entirely possible within the context of the exchange but the fundamental point is that the dress was going unworn and the track dacks have been adopted because they will be. As the objective of the clothing exchange is to activate fashion waste, this is the best system of exchange we could muster and it has been proven to work successfully around the world. So for each garment you bring you will recieve one token which buys another item in return.

All the clothes a put on racks anonymously and then you can shop!
Once you've found your 'new' garments and feel you've picked over the clothes successfully you can proceed to the check-out where you can 'pay' for your 'new' wardrobe with your tokens.

When the day is over we will donate any leftover garments to local charity stores so that they can have another chance at 'life'!

Hopefully this gives you a better idea of what Swap-Away is all about and what to expect on the day. It's $10 to attend, this includes a Swap-Away pack and shopping bag, the hall hirage and other bits and pieces for the day. This is a non-profit event, we only have 45 places to spare.

Remember to secure your place by sending us an email with your name and contact no. for this Saturday!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Sign up.

Our Mt Eden sign went up yesterday- and we are so pleased with how it looks. The council allows non-profit groups to put these signs up around the city so we nabbed this site on Mt Eden Road.

We also spent Sunday at Kraftbomb, with part of our table devoted to Swap-Away and getting the word about. There seemed to be a lot of interest, so make sure you sign up asap so we can send your pack out before the big day (this Sat!).


The Mt Eden sign.

Swap-Away at Kraftbomb.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Swapsies packs.

We are just about ready to post off the first set of packs for the big day, with a little under two weeks to go things are hotting up fast. If you'd like to join in the fun, sign up on the mailing list (to the right) or send us an email (to the right also). We'll be in touch! For now, just a sneaky peek.

For those of you who have already paid your entry fee (thank you)- expect to see your pack by the weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Swap packs.

We are busily putting the packs together for those of you who have secured your place, thank you!

If you aren't yet- look right and pop your details in. We'll be in touch!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The venue.

Here is some pictures of where Swap-Away is being held, the Leys Institute Hall in Ponsonby.

It's on St Mary's Road across from the delicious Soto restaurant (if you haven't tried it, it's a must! I recommend the butterfly prawns - they are yormy). Swap-Away is going to be in the upstairs hall on the 6th of December. Can't wait.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Starting out.

Welcome to Swap-Away!

Auckland's newest clothing exchange event. With summer on the way we thought there's no time like the present to start our own version of the popular clothing swaps popping up across the globe and now, New Zealand.

Swap Away is due to pop it's cherry on the 6th of December (date change!) at the Leys Institute Hall in Ponsonby, 20 St Mary's Rd, from 12.15 - 3.30. It will basically be a whole lot of cupcake eating, new(ish) clothes grabbing fun, we hope everyone will walk away feeling a little happier and a little more whole. With a whole lot of new clothes and a whole lot of happiness watching their unwanted clothes bring shrieks of glee to others.

It's $10 to attend, this includes a pre-day pack and shopping bag in the post, the hall hirage and other bits and pieces for the day. This is a non-profit event my friends, with only 45 places to spare.

Hope to see you all there! Your more than welcome to join our mailing list for more pre-event information.