Swap away to new wardrobe

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MOST of us have clothes we love, but don’t wear any more, languishing in the back of the wardrobe, says public servant Maddy Gover, who’s bringing a new clothes-swapping event to Canberra.

Maddy and her friend Jess Ewens are organising Canberra’s first Clothing Exchange, a clothes-swapping event that’s been in Melbourne since 2004, and are urging people to come along and get a new wardrobe by swapping clothes, shoes or accessories they no longer use.

“We’d been to swaps in Melbourne, and to a national swap last year, and had such a blast,” says Maddy. “When we realised there wasn’t a shopping exchange in Canberra, we knew we had to bring it here.”

Maddy Gover (left) and Jess Ewens… “It’s a lovely atmosphere. You get people saying, ‘that used to be my dress’, and sharing stories about it,” says Maddy.
The Clothing Exchange is a professional swapping service that promotes swapping instead of shopping for a better wardrobe.

It will be held on July 10 at the Ginninderry Homestead, near Kippax Shopping Centre.

There will be a one-hour check-in period, where Maddy and Jess assess the quality of the garments while everyone relaxes with tea, cakes or champagne. Then tokens are issued and the swapping begins.

“The rules are that everyone can bring up to six garments, which stops things getting out of hand,” says Maddy. “And you’re only able to hold on to three garments at any one time to try on so there’s no grabbing handfuls of clothes!

“We want to keep it respectful.”

Maddy says there is no price attached to any item, and it’s not about designer labels, but the clothes should be good quality; the kind of thing you would gift to a friend.

“It’s a lovely atmosphere. You get people saying, ‘oh, that used to be my dress’, and sharing stories about it,” says Maddy.

“So many of our clothes get one or two wears, and then end up on landfill somewhere and it’s such a waste.

“This way you can get a whole new wardrobe and do something pleasant for the environment while you’re at it.”

Check in is at 10am. Admission $25. Tickets are limited so book online at www.clothingexchange.com.au or follow the link at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Clothing-Exchange-Canberra/232520973429315

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Kathryn Vukovljak is a "CityNews" journalist with a particular interest in homes and gardens.

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