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Video report by Kamilah Fabien

Clothes swap till you drop

03.03.2009

by Kamilah Fabien

The London Swapaholics had their latest meetup on Sunday March 1st and spent the afternoon swishing their credit crunch blues away.

Swishing is a term coined by PR firm Futerra and it refers to the swapping of clothing with friends and other people who want to swap.

Lucy Shea a member of the PR firm was also present at this Swapaholics meetup. The rules of the game are simple and for those who didn't already know them, organizer Tracey Sinclair was at hand with the details.

How the Swapaholics swap it?

Step 1: Drop your clothing off when you arrive and get your arm band (that's it registration over)

Step 2: Relax a bit and have a drink. The organizers are going to put your clothes out and make it look all pretty

Step 3: The party begins when you have your browse, this lasts twenty minutes. In this time you can select an item that is your first choice. You can try it and other things on during the twenty minute browse.

Step 4: After the browse is round one of the swap. Go and pick up your first choice item. If more than one person selects the same item it is raffled off. The disappointed others can select another first item.

Step 5: Round 2 of the swap

Step 6: Rounds will continue until there are no conflicts left (nothing left to raffle off)

Step 7: Grab everything you want in the mad dash because anything left behind goes to charity

Step 8: Leave loaded with new items and a smile on your face.

Highlights

The most coveted item of the night was a never-worn Alexander McQueen vintage black dress. Many tried it on, but in the end it was raffled and one swapper won her prize while the other contenders settled for their second favourite items.

The event was abuzz with media as Maverick TV and CBS also covered the event. According to Tracey the organizer, since late last year swapping parties have been in big demand.

So if you skinflints are in the mood for a swap till you drop meet up, sign up on the London Swapaholics website and attend their next event.

 

 

 

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