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Volunteer at the swap!

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We’re looking for volunteers! We need some help on Friday 5.8 from 4:00-6:00 and Saturday 5.9 from 9:00-11:00. Volunteers help us organize, sort, and put out clothing. All volunteers swap for free! Email swapmaine@gmail.com if you’re interested – thanks!

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Swap with Mom!

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The next SWAPmaine happens to be on Saturday, May 9 – the day before Mother’s Day. What better way to spend the day with your Mom than by swapping your way to a new wardrobe! You’ll both have a great time and get loads of new goodies. Bonus: bring an old photo of you and your Mom together and she’ll get in free, whether or not she brings a bag of clothes to swap!

Need all the swap details? Click here!

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Swap it up – May 9!

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Saturday, May 9
East End School
195 North St, Portland, ME 04101

The wait is over! The next SWAPmaine will be Saturday, May 9 at the East End School! Here are all the deets:

If you want to get in free, check out one of our pre-swap drop-off times:

  • Friday Pre-swap drop-off: Drop off your bag between 4:00-6:00pm at the East End School in Portland to get in free on Saturday! This helps us get a good start on getting everything sorted and organized, and you’ll get in free – win-win!or…
  • Saturday Pre-swap drop-off: Come between 9:00-10:00 to drop off your bag, and you’ll still get in free! We’ll have food to enjoy, plus you can enter our raffle (everyone gets one free ticket and you can opt to purchase extra). If you dropped off Friday you’re still welcome to come early, have some snacks and check out the raffles.

SWAP! 10:00-12:00: The swap starts at 10:00 and will wrap up at 12:00. If you come between 10:00 and 12:00 with a bag, you’ll pay $5. Come with no bag and you’ll pay $10. If you dropped off at either of the pre-swap drop-offs you’ll get in free!

Since it’s Mother’s Day Weekend, bring an old photo of you and your Mom together and she’ll get in free, whether or not she brings a bag of clothes to swap!

As always, all proceeds and leftover clothing and accessories will be donated to Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. Come celebrate spring with a new-to-you wardrobe at SWAPmaine!

Need a refresher course on how SWAPmaine works? Check out our FAQ section.

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Get in Free by Dropping off Friday!

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It’s Friday, May 16 – so you know what that means. The swap is tomorrow! If you want to get in free the best way is to drop off your bag of clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories to the East End School from 4:00-6:00 today. The school is located at 195 North Street in Portland, and you’ll find us setting up in the gym. Give us your bag and we’ll give you a ticket for FREE admittance on Saturday.

The swap starts at 10:00 and runs until 12:00pm. We’ll have awesome raffles to enter (everyone receives a raffle ticket and you can also purchase extra) from 9:00-10:00, as well as coffee from Coffee by Design and donuts. 

We hope to see you tonight!

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Clean Out Those Closets!

It may just be that I am in total spring cleaning mode or maybe it is because I am really trying to take on a more minimalist lifestyle, but for this swap, I am really cleaning out the closet.

In the past years, I have made a lot of excuses as to why I should keep something. And for the most part, it left me things I am still not wearing today. If you are like me, a lot of the reason I hold on to things is for emotional reasons. I keep things that may have cost me $5 or are worth less than that because it holds a memory or a feeling for me. But no matter the reasoning, I am letting it go. If it is bringing me no benefit and just adding clutter, I don’t need it. If it doesn’t fit or isn’t in good condition I don’t need it.

So here is how I am doing it:

  • go through every pile in the drawers or on the shelves
  • go through everything that is hanging
  • try each piece of clothing on (unless it is brand new and you know you love it!)
  • if it does not fit, put it in the swap pile
  • if it is stained, ripped, or in bad condition, donate or recycle it 
  • if you are unsure about what to wear it with, if it looks as good as you think it does, or just want another opinion, ask someone who is honest with you or send me a photo and I’ll tell you!
  • if you love it, if it makes you feel good, and you are excited about it, hang it or fold it, and keep it
  • if it is something with sentimental value, but doesn’t look great on you anymore, take a photo of it, do something special with it, leave a note in the pocket for the next owner, and send it off to the swap for its next journey

And remember if you are bringing these things to the swap, you get to come home with new things to make new memories out of. Since the motto is give more than you take, you can still keep up with your new minimalist lifestyle. (Or so I keep telling myself!)

– ashley, sweet williamImage

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Swap Details!

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Here they are – all the details you need to get swappin’ on May 17th! Need a refresher course on how SWAPmaine works? Check out our FAQ section.

If you want to get in free, check out one of our pre-swap drop-off times:

  • Friday Pre-swap drop-off: Drop off your bag between 4:00-6:00pm at the East End School in Portland to get in free on Saturday! This helps us get a good start on getting everything sorted and organized, and you’ll get in free – win-win!or…
  • Saturday Pre-swap drop-off: Come between 9:00-10:00 to drop off your bag, and you’ll still get in free! We’ll have food to enjoy, plus you can enter our raffle (everyone gets one free ticket and you can opt to purchase extra). If you dropped off Friday you’re still welcome to come early, have some snacks and check out the raffles.

SWAP! 10:00-12:00: The swap starts at 10:00 and will wrap up at 12:00. If you come between 10:00 and 12:00 with a bag, you’ll pay $5. Come with no bag and you’ll pay $10. If you dropped off at either of the pre-swap drop-offs you’ll get in free!

The East End School is located at 195 North St, Portland, ME 04101.

As always, all proceeds and leftover clothing and accessories will be donated to Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. Come celebrate spring with a new-to-you wardrobe at SWAPmaine!

 

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Saturday – Swapday

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The swap is TOMORROW! Saturday, October 12 is the day!

The swap will take place at SPACE Gallery,  located at 538 Congress Street in Portland. The swap starts at 10:00am, and we’ll end around 1:00pm. We don’t have a drop-off time Friday night, but if you drop off you bag of clothes from 8:00am-10:00am on Saturday morning you will get in for FREE! If you come between 10:00 and 1:00 with your bag you’ll pay $5, and if you don’t bring a bag you’ll pay $10.

8:00am-10:00am – Pre-swap drop-off. Bring your bag, we’ll give you a ticket, you get in for free at 10:00!
10:00am-1:00pm – SWAP! Come with a bag during this time you pay $5, no bag you’ll pay $10

If you drop off between 8:00am and 10:00am we will provide you with a ticket. If you present your ticket at Granny’s Burritos in the Public Market House in Monument Square you will receive a 10% discount off your purchase!

We’ll see you tomorrow!

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