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!

Swap 2011

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)


– 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.


– 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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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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Today is the Day!



Today is the day! We’re hosting our 4th SWAPmaine today at the East End School (195 North Street, Portland) from 10:00-1:00pm. We’ll open the doors at 9:00am to get people checked in and we’ll have coffee from Coffee by Design, as well as donuts. At 10:00am we’ll start the swap action! If you bring a bag of clothes you’ll get in for $5, no bag = $10.

Thanks to our sponsor MaineToday, and our partner Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. Remember, all proceeds and leftover clothes and accessories go to Goodwill.

See you there!

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The Most Frequently Asked Questions…Answered!

Unsure of how this whole clothing swap thing goes? Here’s some answers!
Can I show up anytime to swap?
Absolutely! Swapping goes until 1pm and we definitely add clothes throughout the day, as they are dropped off. Anytime you show up with a bag on Saturday, you only pay $5.

If I drop off early, do I get an early start at swapping too?
Alas, no. To be fair, we open the doors to everyone at the same time. And no pushing!

It’s almost summer, but can I bring sweaters?
Yes. But do keep in mind the types of things you’ll want to be shopping for at the swap. It’s 90 degrees out so sundresses and shorts are definitely more preferably than a stack of wool sweaters and pants!

What if I show up with a bag and pay but don’t see anything I like?
First of all – highly unlikely! But if that does happen, please know that your $5 donation and your clothing donation go directly to Goodwill and to a great cause. And trust us – you’ll find something.

Can I try on clothes there?
Sure can! We will have some mirrors but no dressing rooms. We recommend wearing leggings and a tank so you can easily try on dresses or skirts over your clothes. 

I am not willing to part with any clothes but I’d love to come. Can I still swap?
Yes! Pay a $10 fee and you’re admitted to the swap!

If I show up after noon, will there still be clothes?
Yes, but of course there will be less options than at the start. But it will also be less busy so it’s easier to take your time perusing. Potato, potahto.

Have any other questions for us? Send us a tweet to @SWAPmaine! 

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6 Tips for Your Most Successful Swap

1. Have a mental list (or even one on paper) of the items you need to complete your wardrobe. For example: a white oxford or a black pencil skirt or maybe it’s a sequined body con dress..

2. Be open minded. Missing a button, add a cool vintage one. A little too big? Take it in. A new trend you are dying to try? Just do it!

3. Don’t take something you know you will never wear. Yes, it is important to take risks, but if you know it won’t fit or you will never actual leave your house in it, leave it for someone else who may have been searching high and low for it.

4. Donate. ‘Cause it feels so good.

5. Don’t take more than you give. Remember, it is for charity.

6. Bring a friend. A good, second opinion can make making decisions quick and easy.

Imagefun, tropical outfit made from swapmaine finds!


cant wait to see everyone at the swap!


sweet william



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