Clothing swap

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A clothing swap in Toronto

A clothing swap is a type of swapmeet wherein participants exchange their valued but no longer used clothing for clothing they will use. Clothing swaps are considered not only a good way to declutter and refill one's wardrobe, but also are considered an act of environmentalism.

The notion of swapping is not a new concept however, many groups and organizations exist that hold clothing swaps, in a variety of sizes, to raise money and clothes for charitable donations.[citation needed]

Clothes swapping originated in the United States in the late nineties.[citation needed] The Clothing Swap, in San Francisco, has hosted more than 175 Clothing swap events over the past 15 years. The founder, Suzanne Agasi, began hosting clothing swaps in 1994 with friends in her apartment. The events grew and now the swaps average 150–200 swappers.[1]

In Northern Virginia, (Metro DC) The largest East Coast clothing swap group [2] has been up and running holding near monthly clothing swaps since April of 2009. There are over 1,450 members so far. Kim L. Pratt, founder of the Frugal Fashionista Clothing Swap™ donates the remaining clothing to local domestic violence shelters and raises funds for RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)via $5.00 - $7.00 entry fees and selling raffle tickets for prizes as well as selling vendor tables at some of the events.

In Australia, The Clothing Exchange was launched in 2004.[3] Developed as part of an RMIT master's thesis by Kate Luckins (née Pears), The Clothing Exchange is now run as a social enterprise by Kate Luckins and Juliette Anich[3]

A Canadian non-profit organization called The S.W.A.P. Team organizes and facilitates large-scale clothing swaps partnered with charities that accept the leftover clothing at the end of the swap.

Online clothes swapping has also become popular, with websites offering an environmentally friendly and frugal alternative to shopping.

See also[edit]

In the UK, based in London, SwapaholicsUK formed in 2012 and hold swaps on a quarterly annual basis. Founded by 4 graduates with a passion for clothing, the company has become successful in East London with swaps held in Bethnal Green and most recently Shoreditch.


  1. ^ Suzanne Agasi Founder & Director, (30 May 2008). "Suzanne Agasi – Founder & Director Clothing Swap, Inc". Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference Frugal_Fashionista_Clothing_Swap.E2.84.A2 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ a b "ClothingExchange". The Clothing Exchange. Retrieved 16 June 2012.