I’d be hearing great things about the swaps and I figure a National Day dedicated to the art of swapping was as good a time as any to give it a go!
Given that it was my first swap, I was a little hesitant and not quite sure what to expect. But finding my way into the glorious space at BMW Edge at Fed Square – and it really is a glorious space – I realised that the hesitation was unnecessary. [Sincere apologies - the very ordinary photo does not do the space justice.] The girls were lovely. They checked through my goods, making sure there were of suitable “resale” quality and handed over the highly valuable buttons that are used as currency.
Next, the rules of the game were explained to us – nothing too tricky, just to be nice about it, only try on 3 items at a time and remove the garments from the hangers once you’ve settle on buying to avoid the event turning into a snatchy scratchy free for all.
And we were set loose. Now, I must admit that in order to get the pieces you really want you need to be not scared of crowd and really get in there quickly. Not my style. To me, it makes much more sense to wait until the rush is over and give yourself to have a good look at what is there – always a good way to pick up a treasure or too.
At the end of it all I left with 2 quality pieces, still not bad for only $25. I confess I was slightly envious to see a girl leaving with all the pieces I would have liked after she scrambled to grab them at the start, but I enjoy browsing at my own pace and no amount of free clothes could turn me into a boxing day sales type.
The whole thing really did go quite smoothly.
Some really valid comments from Emer Diviney from Ethical Clothing Australia reminded us that while this is all a bit of fun for us, the clothing industry does have a serious side to it. Much more on this to come.
And – Little Miss Cheryl and I, found ourselves in paparazzi demand! Ok, not quite, but you may see us on an upcoming episode of Today Tonight. Just sayin’…