Following the recent release of The Australian Fashion Report 2015, there has been a renewal of interest in the idea of sustainable and/or ethical fashion. These ideas are not new and certainly not unattainable. Admittedly, I am guilty of purchasing cheap Kmart t-shirts during my poorer days in university. But I have always been a big fan of shopping at thrift shops and repurposing second-hand clothes. I fell in love with the idea of swapping clothes when I attended a clothes swap in Sydney back in 2012 (again, as a poorer uni student). It’s green, cost-saving and most importantly.. FUN!
Since returning to Singapore, I have been trying to search for clothes swap meet-ups (without the need to pay a ridiculous $25 entrance fee). Man, I even toyed with the idea of organising one myself! Then, came along Carousell, a home-grown mobile app that works like eBay… It’s an easy-to-use app for selling unwanted clothes and trading items with other users. I have been using it for a while and was over the moon when they recently organised a swap meet!
I swapped 9 items for 9 tokens 2 weeks ago, and made my way to Orchard Central for the swap event itself last Saturday. Yes, this retro floral romper is one of the items I was fortunate enough to find at the swap meet. It’s a tad baggy at the top, so I think I will take it in a little with my sewing machine. I wore it for brunch and a book swap (yes, another swap event) on Sunday. The curls took me 30mins to do but it was worth it. I think this is my best attempt with pin-up hair to date! Next time I’ll be trying out REAL victory rolls.
And I know some of you would be wondering… what about the other items I snagged? Behold, here are the (poor, low resolution) photos of the spoils from the swap!
There are 2 more items in my swap pile that are pretty much ‘meh’, so I have excluded them in this post. Disappointments are unavoidable in a swap meet. But if you have an open mind and an open heart, swap meets are really fun and eco-friendly way of getting “new” clothes to wear. I am probably going to commit the crime of purchasing something (cheap) made in a foreign garment factory with less than desirable ethics but I am constantly trying to be a more responsible citizen of this planet. I often try to tell myself that I don’t need a bigger wardrobe, I need to learn to make do and mend… And I need to swap clothes more often! 😉
Were you also there at the Carousell Swap Shop? Do you also like swapping clothes?