Wednesday, 26 January 2011

FEATURED FEB 2011 SWAP: London's Air Ambulances Frock Swap

02 Feb 2011 18:00

Venue: The Great Hall, Barts Hospital, London

Do you have a packed wardrobe and nothing to wear? If so bring your quality garments and accessories to the Frock Swap and re-style yourself for less.

Enjoy cakes and wine by the open fire and enter the luxury draw where there will be a chance of winning some fantastic prizes including: A package of Benefit Cosmetics, theatre tickets, haircuts, pampering sessions and many many more.

Suzanne Clement from Clements Ribeiro will be our special guest on the evening. Purchase your ticket today for the ultimate girls evening.


Tuesday, 18 May 2010

May 2010 Swishes

Publicasity's Accessories Swish

9 May 2010 18:00

Venue: 15 Kean Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4AZ

Publicasity is holding it\'s very first swishing event at their offices based in Covent Garden, London.

6-645 – welcome drinks

645-700 – Browsing the collection

7-715 – further drinks and nibbles

715-8 – SWISHING!

This is accessory swishing, and looks set to be a great evening.

Drop Aaron an email at if you are interested!


Publicasity team



Mrs Bear’s Clothes Swap Shop


DATE: Sat 29th May 2010
LOCATION: The Britannia pub, 360 Victoria Park Road, Hackney, E9 7BT

TIME: 1pm - 4pm
(free to browse)

With everyone feeling the pinch in the current climate, Mrs Bear’s clothes swapshop is themed on a World War II "make do and mend” ethos. The simple idea being you can exchange your unwanted clothing, shoes or accessories with someone else’s. Swap your way to a new wardrobe at little cost to you and the environment! It’s also aimed at re-gaining a sense of real community whilst reducing your carbon footprint.

The clothes swapping events and “make do and mend” events are held at various locations in London with a regular last Saturday of the month at The Britannia, ( and a first Saturday of the month in Crouch End. For fair swaps we have to grade your clothes, shoes and accessories and you will receive your own coloured coupons in a WWII style ration book! So.........


Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Madame Swish Is Born...Cesarean Section

Disclaimer: Please note that the names and identities of individuals in this story have been changed to protect the rich and famous.

Once upon a blog…there was a young girl named Girl who lived in her house with her 2 Brothers and 2 Sisters.
With 5 sprogs, Mother was and had to be frugal. Mother wasted NOTHING. Glass jars from Jam and other produce were reused as storage; Girl thought Hand-Me-Downs was a designer label, paper was always used on both sides (loo-roll included)… let’s stop there, you get the point.

Years later Girl grew up to live in her own house. It was the very first time Girl had, had her very own bedroom… ever. After years of being in other people’s clothes and feeling like she was in other people spaces. You see, Elder Sister (Es) resented Girl’s birth and being ignored each time she screamed for Girl to: “Die, die, die”. Girl went a bit wild in her new abode buying anything she wanted until Wallet stopped whopping Yeehaa each time Girl made a purchase.

Now Girl and Wallet were no longer on speaking terms Girl knew she had to get a grip on her spending. Thankfully Girl didn’t have to look far for inspiration, not only was Mother an eco-warrior she was also a Magpie. Mother Magpie could smell a bargain from outside the shop. Mother had a way of scanning a barrel or box full of reduced items to find a gem so quickly, it put Bionic Woman to shame (and we are not talking the blush lightly kind baby, we are talking the kind that could make Bionic Woman consider steroids.)

Soon after Girl's epiphany, her good friend, The Woman Who Lived On A Boat (Twwloab) decided to have a clothes swap party. Now Twwloab’s party was delightful and very grown up. There was lots of red wine and laugh-chat. Clothes were passed around the room with frequent calls of, “Size x over here” and “Who wants this?”

Girl’s favourite colour shoes in the world are red (yes… Girl often sings “Follow the yellow brick road” in the privacy of her own home…own room yaaaay). When a pair of size 7 red heels rose from the abyss of clothes and became glued to her hands she realised there was no other way to live.

And so it began…Madame Swish was born.

Monday, 22 March 2010

April 2010 London Swaps/Swishes

PIMP MY CLOSET Charity Swap Event (Free Bubbly!!)

03 Apr 2010 14:00

Venue: London - Venue TBC

A Swap Party with FREE BUBBLY!(Yes Really!)

For good causes: All profits go towards 6 different struggling charities per event.

Simple: Swap goods for tokens, swap tokens for goods

Cheap: Entrance is a manadatory donation to the charity of your choice on the day!

Fun: A chance to pimp your closet & sip free bubbly!

You can swap new or very nearly new clothes, shoes, accessories or new unwrapped perfumes.We will give you PIMP TOKENS based on the quality of your goods which you then \"buy\" other stuff with!

Email me at : for your ETicket NOW, only 50 tickets left for April\'s event!

Peace & Love
Clarissa x

MRS BEARS SWAP SHOP (Free to Browse)

Spend your saturday afternoon swapping your way to a new wardrobe at this great local! Take your time with a glass or two of wine and a spot of lunch then you can swap till you drop!

Sat 24th April 2010

The Britannia
360 Victoria Park Road,
Hackney, E9 7BT

1pm - 4pm

(free to browse)

Thursday, 25 February 2010

March 2010 London Swaps/Swishes

Get ready to swish...for Youthnet

23 Mar 2010 18:00

Venue: The Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, LONDON

Get ready to swish……Spring clean your wardrobe for £5

Come and refresh your wardrobe, enjoy a few drinks and support a great charity…complete guilt free fun!!

How? Basically we all raid our wardrobes for three gorgeous pieces that you no longer wear and swap for other lovely pieces in return. Anything goes, shirts, tops, skirts, dresses, jumpers, cardies, shoes, bags, jewellery….anything you think deserves a good home.

Rules of the Rail:
1) Every lady must bring at least one good quality, clean item of clothing, or an accessory, that she\'d feel proud to hand on. Each guest receives a ticket per item to ‘buy’ other clothes
2) You will have half an hour to browse before the swish opens.
3) No item may be claimed before the swish opens.
4) As soon as the swish is declared open, everyone can ‘buy‘ items with their tickets.
5) Remember no scratching, spitting or fighting.

P.s Anything that was in the charity donation bag don’t worry too much about. Just to keep the swap as fair as possible.

Why? I’m asking for a donation of £3-5 to take part. All the money raised will go to YouthNet, an online charity that supports young people at some of the most critical and vulnerable points in their lives.

Since 1995, YouthNet through has been providing help, advice and information to these young people, however, times, technology and young people have changed and so must This appeal aims to achieve this change and truly revolutionise online support for young people. This is also part of my Brighton Marathon appeal


The City Swish
Wednesday 24th March 2010
South African High Commission, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DP
Tickets must be bought in advance from or

Get your stylish girlfriends together for a fabulous evening of clothes swapping, bubbly and treats! Raid your wardrobe for at least three gorgeous pieces that are unworn or that you no longer wear to swap for other lovely pieces in return. Friends and fashion - what a perfect evening out!

This event is raising money for Starfish a charity that supports children orphaned by AIDS in southern Africa 100% of the cost will go to the charity.”

More about Swishing

What to bring:
Raid your wardrobes, cupboards and drawers for The City Swish. Whether it be shirts, tops, skirts, dresses, jumpers, cardies, trousers, coats, jackets, shoes, handbags, necklaces or scarves then simply bring them to be swapped 1 for 1 for some lovely new pieces for your wardrobe.

What not to bring:
As we like to keep the exchange as fair as possible, please leave at home the shabby old bits that you aren’t wearing simply because they are worn out. Please bring between 3 and 10 clean quality items that you would be proud to pass on.

Why should I go?
Swishing as you know is a sociable, fun, exciting eco-chic way of shopping. Refresh your wardrobes and feel fabulous with your newly exchanged finds. With a wide selection of items to choose from, sparkling wine and sweet treats to enjoy and for a great cause it will be the perfect combination of activities.

About Starfish Starfish Greathearts Foundation is an international development charity, aiming to bring life, hope and opportunity to children orphaned or made vulnerable by the AIDS pandemic in southern Africa. Starfish supports community based organisations providing services at grassroots level in the areas of crisis intervention, community support and building sustainable capacity. Starfish relies on the support of individuals across the globe to help provide a positive response - one child at a time.
For more on Starfish information, please email or visit and see our recent feature on BBC Newsround.

Where your money goes?
This event has been sponsored by Investec so that 100% of the ticket price goes directly to the children Starfish support.

Starfish is registered as a charity in England and Wales.
Registered charity number 1093862


Saturday 27th Mar 10 3:00 pm
Venue: Ruby Blue, Leicester Place Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7BP
Tel: 020 7287 8050

Invited : All CitySocialising Members , All Age, Girls & Guys

We’ve come up with a great way to meet new people in London this Spring AND find that perfect pair of shoes or Xbox game you’ve always wanted!

The CS SwapShop Social is open for business this Saturday where you could not only be finding new friends but a whole new wardrobe!

Come and join us for drinks, food, swapping and socialising!

We'll have an area reserved for us, and our host will be waiting to welcome you when you arrive and settle you in to the Social.

Keep your eyes peeled for a CitySocialising logo on the table or ask the venue staff for the table reserved under the name CitySocialising.

It’s time for a spring clean of your social life and your stuff, so what better way to launch yourself into the new season than to take part in the CitySocialising SwapShop Social!

More info...

Whether you’ve got a great dress, but you’ve grown tired of it, or a load of PS3 games which you’ve finished, bring them along and you could be swapping them for something new.

We’ll be meeting in a booth at Ruby Blue where we’ll have plenty of time to relax and meet each other before we get out the goodies and have a good old rummage around.

Everyone who comes must bring at least one item (no electronics please) so there’s something for everyone, and after we’ve finished swapping our presents it’s time to swap back to the main CS activity of enjoying a cheeky drink or two and meeting some great people!

Don’t get stuck in winter, spring forward and meet a brand new crowd this season whilst going home with something new at the CS SwapShop Social!


And after the swapping we can enjoy some snacks and drinks aswell

It's free to create an account at CitySocialising and free to book onto your first Social! Follow this link:


The Pink Shoe Spring Swish

31 Mar 2010



Venue: Westminster

Spring clean your wardrobe & swap your quality cast-offs over fizz & nibbles in luxurious surroundings! To support Dress for Success, helping disadvantaged women back into work so bring an extra interview-ready outfit if you can!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

February 2010 London Clothes Swaps/Swishes

Swap Club
07 Feb 2010 15:00

Venue: Guatama Bar
25-27 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, South London, London, SE19 1TQ
Entry Cost £5

It's the new year and it's back to basics for the next meet up in lovely Crystal Palace, South London.

You can bring along at least 3 items (clothes, accessories or perfume) to swap. Remember it's quality, not quantity...

Once handed in, we will sort them and put them out on display.

There will be time for a good browse, a good drink and a good chat.

Then, when the swap starts you can claim the items you like. There is no upper limit to what you may claim. Nice and simple!

Unclaimed items will be donated to Cancer Research.

Clothing drop-off from 3pm
Browsing from 4pm
Swap starts shortly after.

Children are welcome at Guatama, (the bar hold a mother and toddlers group in the week) and the venue has a lovely garden at the back.

Feel free to email if you would like a mailing list discount for the event.

Contact Email

Contact Telephone


University of the Arts London Student Fashion SwapShop

11 Feb 2010 18:00
Venue: UAL HUB, Davies Street, London

MA Fashion and the Environment students in collaboration with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion host UAL SwapShop!

Presentation on the importance of reuse and swapping from TRAID,
Clothing customising workshops,
and for one night only in London - Mercatino Michela Italian Vintage Stall

If that second installment of student loan has gone already come and update your wardrobe the SwapShop way!

Save money, save the planet

Search your wardrobe for garments you never wear, bring them along, and swap them for ones you will wear and love! Come along any time with your unwanted clothing.

See you there!


Swapaholics Swishing Event, London

21 Feb 2010 13:00

Venue: Juno, 134-135 Shoreditch High Street, London

Entry Cost £5

We're back by popular demand. A nice civilised swishing event. You won't end up feeling like you have just endured the worst sale shopping of your life.

We will be holding the swish at Juno, a cool bar in Shoreditch where you will be able to grab a spot of lunch from their great menu.

Bring a minimum of five items to swap CLEAN new or gently worn clothes, shoes, accessories or anything another woman would love.

No undies!!! (apart from the ones you are wearing, of course)

If everyone makes a pledge to bring these items, we are guaranteed to have a great time and go home happy bunnies

When you arrive we take your items and sort them into categories. You go into the bar and have a few drinks and a natter with your friends until browsing time commences.

Browsing time allows everyone to see what is available, try items on and see if you LOVE them. Then the swap rounds begin and you can take what you want for free. If two or more swappers want the same item, we hold a raffle and the winner is the lucky new owner. I will be available to give style advice to anyone who needs it.

All items left at the end of the event will be donated to charity.

This is a ticket only event. Tickets cost a credit busting fiver and need to be paid for in advance. We have limited number of tickets available so you need to grab one fast. Please go to for more information and to purchase tickets.

For more details please contact me at

Friday, 8 January 2010

Swishing- So Wot's All Da Fuss ‘Bout Then?

Ok will keep it brief (like G-strings).

Swishing is gr8 becoz:

  • It’s eco-matey.
  • U met nu peeps with the same mind (or in some cases jelly) set.
  • U gets 2 go shoppin 4 free (C wot I did dere? Wid the square root an ting?).
Okay forget the maths, ere’s the science:

U get 2 see some1 use a garm you have
a) never worn (…spud) or
b) loved once but had enough of (so off load and free your wardrobe…u get me?)

Dahhhhhh it’s a no-brainer: join the (r)evolution, then tell a friend and an enemy.

Bo! Nuff said.