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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!

xo

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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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SAVE THE DATE!

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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. 

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So hard to say goodbye…

I have this secret closet cleaning ninja trick that I use to help me determine what needs to go. It’s called DON’T DO YOUR LAUNDRY FOR LIKE A MONTH. But it’s pretty secret, so try to keep it on the downlow.

Basically, I don’t do my laundry for like a month (I have a king’s ransom in socks and underwear), and I evaluate what is left in my closet at the end of the period. And you know what? My closet is still ALWAYS FULL. As it turns out, I would rather wear a few marginally clean items that I love, than the majority of what I own.

But then comes the tricky part.

When I look in my closet, I see possibilities: “I can wear that again when I lose 10 lbs.”  or  “Maybe I just need to find the right top for that skirt.”  Even though I haven’t worn these clothes in months, I have such a hard time getting rid of them, because I can imagine how amazing my life could be if I could just figure out how to make them look good on me. I’ve had these clothes for so long that I’ve grown emotionally attached to them, even though they don’t fit me/look good/work with my wardrobe AT ALL. In short, my overzealous wardrobe optimism is becoming dangerously detrimental to my closet space.

Well, the swap is less than 2 weeks away, and it’s time to force myself to let go.  It will be painful. Blood and tears could potentially be shed… But, it’s necessary for my personal growth. Oh, and to make room for all my new swap swag.  Here is what you can get out of it:

1. The hot pink hooker heels that I wore to my ill fated wedding in 2007.

2. A puffy floral skirt that will never be work appropriate, no matter how much I want it to be.

3. Why do I keep buying peasant blouses and dresses?

4. More Rogues Gallery stuff that I never wear. I worked there 4 years ago, I was never a T-shirt person anyway. It’s over.

5. The polka dot cha-cha skirt that only looks good on me when I don’t eat for 3 days.

6. “My neck is too fat for these” necklace assortment.

7. “It’s been 3 years and 30 lbs, and the skinny clothes box is still untouched. Maybe it’s time to get rid of the whole damn thing” bundle.

 

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Winner winner chicken dinner.

I just wanted to take a minute to send out a huge congratulations to our fellow SWAPmaine team member Fore Front Fashion for their big win tonight as BEST BLOG  in the Portland Phoenix “Best of 2011″ poll!

This town has long needed someone to document our unique fashion scene, and Nate and Laura have taken on the task with their own special edge and eye that makes Fore Front such a standout.

We can’t get enough of the street fashion and the closet tours, and it’s good to know that the rest of Portland shares in the love.

We’re so proud of you Laura! Having you on the team makes us feel a little bit like we won tonight too.

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