Got a gratuitous number of vests? Bought it but never worn it? Thought it was hot, but turns out it’s not? Or just need a change between seasons? In line with the themes of the 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations, come and connect with total strangers through the simple act of clothes swapping. Bring up to ten of your old, neglected or misfitting clothes, and bring sexy back to your wardrobe with up to ten quirky new finds. It will cost you nothing and you’ll leave with a warm and fuzzy feeling from scoring clothes sustainably.
In addition to the swap itself, on the day, discover hidden stories about the life and times of people’s clothes, plus have a yarn and recreate clothes from the swap in the sewing circle.
Oxfam Australia’s 3things will also be lending its support on the day, offering some tips and tricks around responsible and ethical fashion consumption.
HOW IT WILL WORK
YES – Kids and babies’ clothing will be accepted!
We want to make sure everyone who comes to the swap walks away with some quality pre-loved garments. And so, there are just a few quality guidelines to consider when choosing clothes to bring to the swap:
CHECKING IN YOUR CLOTHES
Drop off your clothes from 11.00am on the day of the swap. Better yet, drop them off at one of the early-bird check-in times to gain early access to the swap 30 minutes before everyone else on the day.
When you drop off your clothes, they will be checked individually to make sure they meet the above guidelines. Then, you will be given a wristband which notes the number of items you have checked in. This will be your ticket for entry on the day.
Early-bird drop off times:
Presented by the MCA in response to the 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations, with The Clothing Exchange.
HELP OUT ON THE DAY
If you’re available to lend a hand at any of the following times we would love to hear from you:
Wednesday 18 July 12noon – 2.00pm (2 volunteers)
Thursday 19 July 12noon – 2.00pm and 5.00 – 7pm (2 volunteers for each session)
Friday 20 July 12noon – 2.00pm (2 volunteers)
Sunday 22 July morning 9.30am – 1.30pm (16 volunteers)
Sunday 22 July afternoon 1.00pm – 6.00pm (16 volunteers)
Email: email@example.com to volunteer!
Lee Mingwei The Mending Project 2011 installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art, wooden table, wooden chairs, 800 spools of thread, sewing needles, mended garments Image courtesy and © the artist Photograph: Kelly McDonald