Hobart Welcomes National Swap Day! (Guest post by Ruth Evenhuis)

Does your wardrobe contain beautiful pieces that just aren’t right for you any more? Taking a peek inside my own wardrobe I can find a pair of beautiful shoes that give me blisters on the dance floor, some shorts that are uncomfortably short and a top I’ve never actually worn, thrust upon me by a pushy salesperson on particularly vulnerable day. Perhaps there’s a similar story lurking inside your wardrobe? 

What if you could replace all of those lovely but unloved clothes with some beautiful new pieces that you’ll actually wear? What if this event could coincide with a free glass of bubbly and an evening with friends? Have I got your attention now?

The Clothing Exchange is holding its first Hobart-based National Swap Day and we’d love for you to join us. Swapping clothes is so much better than ‘going shopping’, whether that be online or IRL. Here’s why: 

1.     You’re swapping with friends and a wider group of like-minded people, so it’s going to be fun.

2.     There’s the thrill of the hunt, the satisfaction of updating your wardrobe and the joy of finding that perfect piece.  

3.     Swapping is also the best way to practice sustainable fashion as it keeps clothes in rotation, out of landfill and it takes no extra resources to find something new to you. You can feel good about letting go of your clothes and even better about finding something preloved that you can continue to love for years to come.

4.     You might find your body double. I kid you not, I once did a swap and found someone who had the mirror image of my body. It was freaky, but in the best way possible. We did some direct trades before devoting a good 5 minutes discussing the best styles and brands to shop for our bods. It was SUCH a helpful use of my time and I only wish we exchanged details (call me!). 

So how does it work? Bring six excellent quality items of clothing from your wardrobe that just weren’t meant to be. Now is your chance to help them find their true homes. On the night you can browse through and select up to six pieces with friends and a free glass of bubbly. There will also be a stylist on the night to help you dress your best. To keep this an intimate event, an exclusive number of tickets have been issued. Hope to see you there.

The details:

The Clothing Exchangewill be holding the swap on Wednesday the 10th of October at the Founders Room in Salamanca Arts Centre. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. Secure your spot by buying your ticket online and you can bring a friend for free!

Head to the Facebook page for more info.

Free Hobart Clothes Swap – supported by the Hobart City Council

The Clothing Exchange is proud to host a Free Hobart Clothes Swap in collaboration with the Hobart City Council this Mother’s Day. This is the first council swap of it's kind in Hobart!

Did you know that 6 tonnes of clothing are thrown out every 10 minutes? Let’s slow this down and have fun at the same time!

Tasmanian host Susannah Slatter said The Clothing Exchange puts the fun back into recycling. 

“Demand is strong owing to the ongoing trend of supporting sustainable, ethical and environmentally sound business practices and I’m thrilled that the Hobart City Council is leading the way and getting involved" she said. 

While people attend the event seeking a wardrobe update, they often find themselves equally elated by the prospect of seeing their unwanted clothes getting a new lease on life and feel good taking part in collective action for sustainable development. 

The Clothing Exchange will be held on Sunday 13 May at the Hobart Town Hall. Clothes are checked-in at 1pm and the swap begins at 2pm. This is a free event but bookings are essential – email waste@hobartcity.com.au to book.

Celebrating the augural Clothing Exchange event in Tasmania

2017 marks another milestone in the journey of The Clothing Exchange as we expand our events and, even more importantly, our message, around the nation. In June, Hobartian and long-time follower of The Clothing Exchange, Susannah Slatter jumped at the change to join the team and bring our swapping concept to her home state.

The swap was held at the iconic Salamanca Arts Centre in October and drew a very excited crowd of women. They were keen to find out more about how the swap works (many were happy to donate more than the minimum six items) and celebrate their personal style at the same time. The Clothing Exchange’s National Co-ordinator Kristen Fredericks made the trip especially from Sydney to help launch the event and ensure its success.

And a success it was! A combination of beautiful weather, fabulous clothes and champagne made for very happy swappers, all of whom were happy to provide new homes for highly valued clothing. As you can see from the photos if was a beautiful event and word has quickly spread with more events being requested for 2018.

A big thank you to Susannah for coming on board, not to mention the team of devoted volunteers without whom there wouldn’t have been any event. Your efforts are keeping clothing out of landfill and helping to make the world a better place.

Any leftover garments were bundled up for the Australian Red Cross who raise funds for their charitable endeavours and we look forward to many more events in future.

Our Fashion Week Swap is Going Global!


We are proud to be partnering with the international sustainable swapping organization Global Fashion Exchange for a fantastic swap on February 29th. The collaborative initiative, is designed to promote sustainable consumption and empower consumers to take actions for a better environment while they renew their wardrobe. Guests of the swap will be able to learn and engage in sustainability in style and walk away with a fashionable new addition to their wardrobe. 

We'd like to introduce our proud partners the Global Fashion Exchange headed by Patrick Duffy who believes...

“The fashion industry is the second largest contributor to pollution in the world, one of the best ways for consumers to affect change in their own backyard is to give their existing garments a new home and the Global Fashion Exchange will make this possible with The Clothing Exchange in Melbourne” 

We couldn't be happier to join with like-minded swap pioneers as TCE founder Kate Luckins said:

“We are delighted to collaborate with GFX so we can learn from each other about the best practice for swapping and magnify the impact of what we are all trying to achieve by shrinking fashion footprints and fostering a sustainable fashion conscience”

So pop on over to our events page and book your tickets to this landmark VAMFF event!