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Save the date for our next Swap Maine!

swap maine logoOur seventh installment of Swap Maine is here! We’re back and just as big as ever with an upcoming spring swap. So clean out your closets and get ready to refresh it with us.

May 17th 
East End School

More details to be announced very soon. Check back here and on our Facebook page to be the first to know!

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Fall 2013 Swap at SPACE Gallery!

spaceSave the date! Our fall swap will take place at the SPACE Gallery on Congress Street in Portland on Saturday, October 12. Exact times will be shared shortly.

We plan on having early drop off in the morning, instead of the Friday evening before – more details soon! We are excited to see everyone at the swap!


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Sneak Peek: Vintage Jewelry in the Holiday Boutique

As part of this year’s Holiday Swap Soiree, we will be featuring a curated holiday boutique so you can pick up some jewelry, pashminas, purses and other accessories for holiday gifts (or perhaps to ahem, complement the perfect swap outfit you just scored?)

Goodwill has been gathering dozens of vintage pieces the last few months and we think you will be pretty excited by the selection. Below are just a few of the gems (get it?) that you can check out at the swap on December 5 – by the way, be sure to get your tickets today!

Holiday Swap Soiree – Boutique Preview

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Announcing Our First Ever SwapMaine Holiday Soiree!

We decided to mix things up a bit for our fourth SwapMaine event with a HOLIDAY SWAP SOIREE. Grab your best girlfriends and join us for a night of hors d’oeuvres, drinks and one giant well-curated closet.

Rather than clean out your closet and fill a bag, we’re asking you to bring FIVE PIECES of items that deserve a loving home. The wool peacoat you outgrew, that leather hobo bag you’ve been hanging onto for too long. We’re not looking for piles of t-shirts this time around, but really wonderful pieces you yourself would be happy to receive. In return, all swappers will only leave with five items.

WHEN? December 5th

Doors open at 6 p.m. for clothes to be dropped off and swapping begins promptly at 7p.m. Come early and peruse our curated holiday boutique that will feature vintage jewelry and accessories (great chance to pick up gifts for friends and family) and have a cocktail at our cash bar while enjoying free hors d’oeuvres.

WHERE? Mariner’s Church Banquet Hall in Portland (368 Fore Street, third floor)

WHY? All proceeds will go to benefit Goodwill Industries of New England.

Tickets are $20 each. Though we aren’t ever going to stop offering free clothing swaps in town, we wanted to do something special for everyone during the holiday season.

So in case you need more convincing, here’s what you’ll get with your $20 ticket:

- Five new items for your closet
-The opportunity to shop exclusive items donated from local boutiques
– Snacks!
– Photos of you and your friends by the talented Corey Templeton
– A less chaotic swap – feel free to take your time shopping and trying items on!
– A donation to a wonderful local cause

If you’re convinced, buy your tickets here. Hurry, space is limited!


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I can’t believe the Swap is already upon us! The clothing madness starts tomorrow at 10am at the Portland Flea For All on Kennebec street. It’s $5 if you bring a bag of clothes, and $10 if you don’t, but it’s not too late to get in for free! Just bring your bag of clean, undamaged clothes, shoes, and accessories to the Flea For All before 2pm today to get free admission to clothes paradise.

Do I sound extra-excited? It’s because I’ve gotten some of my favorite outfits at past Swaps. Here’s me about to get married in a white leather skirt I got at the first Swap:

husband not pictured

bouquet by fellow Swapper Allie

At the second Swap, I got the perfect stretch velvet dress. The tag says Contempo Casuals, which is a store I dragged my mother to many times in middle school. She never would have let me buy this dress, with its low neckline and even lower back. It’s got the perfect fishtail hem, and people always ask me where I got it.

sadly, in the only other picture of me wearing this dress, I have vampire fangs


Oh yeah, plus all proceeds and left over clothing for this swap will be donated directly to Goodwill of Northern New England. You’ll get to look fabulous while supporting a great cause. So run right over to 125 Kennebec Street to drop off your bag for free admission, and join us tomorrow at 10 for our best Swap yet!

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SWAPmaine on Good Day Maine!

Laura from SWAPmaine, Michelle from Goodwill and Erin from the Portland Flea-for-All were invited to Good Day Maine to share details about the swap.


We can’t wait to see everyone either tomorrow (10 am to 2 pm at the Flea-for-All for early donations) or on Sunday at the swap (or both!)

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Final Countdown to the Swap!

The swap is in FIVE DAYS! We have been busy on our end getting hangers and clothing racks, printing up tickets and signs and finalizing raffle prizes. But you know what happens in FOUR DAYS? The pre-swap drop off!

That’s right – come by the Portland Flea for All between 10 am and 2 pm this Saturday, June 9, to drop off your bag of swap clothes and receive a ticket for FREE admission to the swap on Sunday, June 10!

Why drop off early? Not only will you get in for free, it also makes the swap run smoothly. When you drop off early, our great volunteers and the SWAPmaine team sort through your clothes, hang them on the right rack or toss them in the correct bin. THEN, when you come to the swap on Sunday, there is already a fantastic selection of clothes and accessories ready for you to swap!

We hope to see you Saturday and Sunday, ready to swap!

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Atelier Stitch to Offer Free Tailoring at Swap!

Dear swappers,

The third installment of SWAPmaine is less than three weeks away! The SWAPmaine team is busy getting ready – recruiting final volunteers (interested? Email us at, flyering the town and getting ready for the Pre-Swap Drop Off Day (you want to get in for free, right?). We’ve also been gathering some great raffle prizes AND thinking of other ways to make this event a great swap experience for you!

We are excited to announce a new addition this year – Giselle from Atelier Stitch has offered to set up shop during the swap and will do simple repairs (holes and hems) for tips only. So if you find the perfect shirt, but the hole in the elbow isn’t doing it for you, stop by Giselle’s table for a quick fix! She can also help hem pants and skirts – even if you don’t need tailoring, stop by her table and learn about all the great, affordable tailoring services she offers.

Atelier Stitch also offers sewing classes  (every good swapper should learn some basic sewing skills so they can rescue cast offs), quilting classes, embroidery classes (I’m definitely signing up for this, I’ve always wanted to learn!) and a Youth Fashion Apparel Sewing Camp.  We are thrilled to have Giselle at the swap and hope you will stop by and visit!

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Pre-Swap Drop Off! All the Details You Need

Pre-Swap Drop-off Details

Saturday, June 9, 10 am to 2pm
Portland Flea for all

Bring a bag (or 2 or 3!) of clothes, shoes and accessories and you will get a ticket to attend the swap on Sunday, June 10 for FREE!

As you may recall from our last two swaps, we set up pre-swap drop off days so you can come to the swap hands free and ready to swap. In exchange for dropping off early, we give you a ticket for free admission – pretty good deal!

Why does SWAPmaine offer this? The pre-swap drop off is very important to making sure the swap goes smoothly. When we have enough people that drop off early, it gives the SWAPmaine crew and all our amazing volunteers the time to sort through the clothing, hang it up on clothing racks and place everything in the right categories. This pre-sorting allows us to have a beautifully curated assortment of clothes, shoes and accessories ready for swapping the minute the doors open.

While of course you can bring your clothes the day of the swap (and we encourage this, so we can continually replenish the inventory), there are benefits for the organizers and YOU when you drop off early. And remember! All leftover clothing is donated to Goodwill, so as always, we encourage swappers to give more than they swap.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at Interested in volunteering during the pre-swap or the day of the swap? Let us know and get in for free!


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Big News! Next SWAPmaine Event Scheduled for June 10!

Hey swappers – WE ARE BACK! The next swap has been scheduled and we are in a brand new, exciting location!

Sunday, June 10
Portland Flea for All
125 Kennebec Street

Thanks to the brand new Portland Flea for All, they have graciously  offered to host us for our third swap! More details to come soon, but mark your calendars and start gathering your clothes, shoes and accessories for some serious swapping just in time for summer!

As always, all proceeds will benefit Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.

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