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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!)

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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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Swap Details!

Ok – so here are the deets!

Our fall swap will take place at SPACE Gallery,  located at 538 Congress Street in Portland on Saturday, October 12. The swap starts at 10:00am, and we’ll end around 1:00pm. We don’t have a drop-off time the night before, but if you drop off you bag of clothes from 8:00am-10:00am that 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

Stay tuned, we may just have another super sweet incentive for dropping off early!

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‘Gram It!

Swap number 6, yes 6!, is just around the corner. We couldn’t be more excited. We want you to be just as excited, so we have launched our Instagram account, @swapmaine!

Get behind-the-scenes looks into what goes in to making a swap, see what people have found at past swaps, and what you may find at the next one.

Use the hashtag #swapmaine to join in the fun! Show us your favorite swap find or what you are bringing to the swap on October 12! We may even choose your pictures to post onto our account.

If you need anymore of a reason to check out our account, I’ll give you a hint… contest, giveaway, some thing for free…

Can’t wait to see you on the 12th!

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Want to swap for free? Volunteer!

The fall swap is less than three weeks away! We are excited to bring the swap to SPACE Gallery in Portland. This year, we are having the pre-swap drop-off the morning of the swap, so we need your help! We are looking for 6-8 volunteers to help sort clothes from 8 – 10 am (and then get into the swap for free) and from 10 am – 12 pm. If you are interested, please get in touch with us at swapmaine@gmail.com.

If you have not volunteered before, we encourage you to get involved! Going through all the clothes, shoes and accessories is lots of fun AND you get a sneak peek of what will be at the swap!

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The crew from the first SWAPmaine event, May 2011!

Here are all the details you need to make this year’s swap a success:

SWAPmaine Fall 2013 Details

Saturday, October 12, 2013
SPACE GAllery, 538 Congress Street, Portland

(Look for parking on side streets or park in the Spring Street Garage for $1.75/hour)

EARLY CLOTHING DROP-OFF (GETS YOU IN FOR FREE)

- 8:00 – 10:00 am

- We encourage you get coffee, a fresh juice and breakfast at one the shops at the Public Market House after you drop off your clothes.

SWAP OFFICIALLY OPENS AT 10:00 AM AND ENDS AT 1:00 PM

- Bring your clothes during the swap and pay $5

- Don’t have much to swap? Donate $10 and fill a bag

All proceeds and leftover clothes benefit Goodwill.

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