Clothing swap

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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 refill one's wardrobe, but also are considered an act of environmentalism.[1] It is also used to get rid of and obtain specialist clothing. Cloth swap can be specialized - they can cater for example for clothes swaps only for high end brands.[2]


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.[3]

Clothing swaps originated in 1994 in San Francisco California with events hosted by Suzanne Agasi of She has personally hosted over 310 events promoting green glamour, sharing and enhancing and refreshing your wardrobe with others. [4]

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

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  1. ^ "How Clothing Swaps Could Help Save the World". One Green Planet. March 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Sweater Dresses - Shop Knit Dresses & Sweater Dresses online | StyleWe".
  3. ^ Purvis, Katherine; Evrenos, Maria (September 15, 2014). "How to set up a clothes swap in your area" – via
  4. ^ Tuttle, Brad. "Q&A with Clothing Swap Founder Suzanne Agasi" – via