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.