One person’s trash is another’s stylin’ outfit

Clothes swap event aims to get naked everyone naked

Taking off your clothes doesn’t always have to end in regret or embarrassment — if you attend the fifth annual Calgary Take Off Your Clothes swapping event for instance you might even end up in cooler clothes than you started with.

And don’t worry — you don’t have to get naked in front of anyone.

The giant clothing swap at Hotel Arts is expected to have over 2000 clothes items shoes and accessories to swap at a rate of one-for-one after you pay a $12 admission fee. If you bring in 30 dresses or shirts you can get 30 more. It’s the best currency exchange rate on the market right now.

“This event is really a great way to have fun save some money help the community and even find some unique vintage clothes you might never find again” says Vanessa Erickson Calgary co-director of The Swap team the non-profit enterprise behind the event. “And it’s true — one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”

The popular event was founded in Montreal seven years ago and now has eight chapters across the country. The Calgary version has already seen over 10000 items swapped in its history and is expecting 400 to attend the event.

“There are some really unique finds here that you won’t find anywhere else a lot of hidden gems” Erickson says adding there is almost something for everyone including a small but growing men’s section and plus sizes — just no kid stuff. Erickson says to expect a lot of vintage clothes Lululemon and designer jeans.

“I’ve even found Halloween costumes a 100 per cent silk leopard-print skirt and slippers” she says. “It’s a lot fun — you can have a drink with your friends while trying clothes on. It’s just a great event.”

Participants can drop off their clean gently used clothes shoes and accessories until June 1 at local boutiques Dick & Janes A Vintage Affair and Eleven: Eleven.

But even if you miss the deadline Erickson says you can bring your clothes to the event.

“The more items the better” she says.

The best part about the event? There are no price tags just a clothing swap free-for-all that includes live music fashion stylists a silent auction and entertainment from local host Amy Darling.

“Clothes swapping is the new fashion and saves people a lot of money” says Erickson. “It comes right at the time most people are cleaning out the closet for spring.”

At the end of the event anything left over will be donated to Goodwill Industries of Alberta and the Walk-In Closet.

“Giving back to the community is a really important part about the clothes swap and it feels really good to be able to do that” Erickson says. “There is really nothing bad about this event at all. Bring your best — you never know what you might walk out with.”

Advanced tickets are available for $10 online at theswapteam.org/calgary .