What’s a FrockSwap?
It’s the first clothes swapping event that’s open to the public organised by Lizzie Dixey’s FrockSwappers group.
How does it work?
You bring along second-hand clothes in a good, clean condition, and get a button for every item. You can then swap your buttons for clothes that other swappers have brought. So the more you bring, the more you can swap. “We’ve also got a stockpile of clothes to start with because more than 30 people have donated in advance” said Lizzie when I spoke to her yesterday to find out more.
Is it only for swapping dresses then?
Nope, it’s not just frocks, you can bring any kind of women’s clothes and accessories apart from knickers and socks (cos let’s face it that would be a bit gross).
Is it free?
The swapping is free, but because the event is in aid of cancer charity Trekstock, they suggest a donation of £2 on the door.
What’s Trekstock all about?
Trekstock is a charity which aims to beat cancer by funding research and raising awareness among young people. “We strive to challenge the norm of traditional giving, offering young people inspiring events…and a creative platform to fundraise” it says on the Trekstock website. So you can see why they’re totally into the FrockSwap idea.
Absolutely. And how did FrockSwappers come about?
Lizzie used to work in advertising and organised clothes swaps in an office meeting room for her colleagues. “It was always really fun so I thought it would be great to get it going as a charitable enterprise,” she explains. And so FrockSwappers was born.
Cool. So when and where is it?
The FrockSwap will be held from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday, 13th July 2013 at Effra Social, 89 Effra Road, SW2 1DF.
What if I can’t make it this week – will there be another one?
“We’re going to see how this one goes,” Lizzie says, “And if it’s successful we’ll consider doing one every fashion season, so the next one would be for Autumn/Winter clothes.” A great way of doing a seasonal clear out of your wardrobe if ever we heard one. And if you still have clothes you want to donate this time get in touch with Lizzie via the links below to find out how.
Exactly. Where can I find out more?