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.
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
- 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!
The next SWAPMaine is upon us! We’ll be hosting our very first Swap Soiree! What does that mean? It means a smaller selection of curated beautiful clothes, cocktails, snacks and festive attire! It’s a night you won’t want to miss, ladies! We’ll be disclosing more details this week. Stay tuned and spread the word.
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:
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!
The beauty in a city-wide clothing swap is the local sustainability it creates. I love when I see something brought to SWAPmaine being worn by someone new. A few weeks later, I see it the window of one of our many thrift stores. It comes back around to the next SWAPmaine and a few months later, is being sold at Goodwill. At SWAPmaine, we let you clear out the things in your closet that are taking up very important space and let you ‘shop’ for new things to fill that space. We help people who may not be able to go out and afford a new wardrobe right now, but also make fashion fun for those who like to try new things and continuously change and mold their wardrobes. We can do all this without having to produce new clothing and help support our local economy.
With all this being said, there are those items that even though they were free, you just can’t seem to let go of. Here are a few of my favorite finds from SWAPmaine’s past:
A few things I have yet to wear (oh, but I will) and a few I have worn many many times. I can’t wait to see what I will find on Sunday. I know there will be things I only wear once and send on their way, but hopefully I will find at least one thing I want to hold on to.
What are some of your favorite SWAPmaine finds from the past??
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.
YOU CAN WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!
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!)
The swap is fast approaching, so we’re celebrating with a little video! A few of us got together to pick out some of our favorite outfits you might see this Sunday at the swap. Check us out! Thanks to Ross Duplissis for producing and editing the video and Sunset Hearts for letting us use their song “Past Lives.”
Hope you enjoy our little SWAPmaine video!
A reminder, we’re swapping the day away this Sunday, June 10 at the Portland Flea-For-All from 10:00-2:00. Entry is $5 with a bag of clothes day of, but is FREE if you stop by on Saturday, June 9.
See you there!
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!