Clothing Swaps

You are invited to our upcoming clothing swap events.  Please save the date to join us to trade in clothing that no longer inspires you in return for new to you items to revamp your wardrobe. All leftovers donated to charity. A sustainable and eco-friendly way to encourage an exchange of treasures while connecting with your community.

Clothing Swap, by
1-3 pm @ The Wise Hall (1882 Adanac) | $10 Cash
2018 Clothing Swap Events Offered Sundays:
| March 18 | May 27 | Sept. 30 |
“Great energy and great people. Wins all around: new wardrobes for everyone, meeting cool people in the community, and donating to a good cause!” ~ past participant
12:30 – 1pm | Clothing Contribution Drop Off & Cash Payment
1 – 3pm | Clothing Swap Event
Think you may join us, please RSVP for reminders here:
Clothing swap events provide great opportunity to make space and clear out your closets. Bring your quality, gently worn items to give away, and find what you didn’t know you were looking for!
All ages, eras, sizes, and types of items will be accepted.
Accepted items include:
* Women’s, men’s, and/or children’s clothing
* Shoes
* Accessories
* Jewelry
* Craft Supplies
* Linens
* Books
* Small Housewares (no furniture please)
 Items must be clean, in good condition, and likely to be valued by others.
Let’s make this swap super.
Components of a great swap:
We have a few simple guidelines to keep the event running smoothly:
☆ Basically, attendees are invited to bring at least ten items of good quality things to exchange your contributions for a selection of new to you items.
☆ Event admission must be paid prior to swapping. Volunteers and kids under 12 get into the event at no charge.
☆ Help spread the word, the more the merrier, with more selection to choose from.
☆ Bring your own reusable bag to take your new items home.
☆ When you arrive: Welcome, c’mon in! Advance drop off to have your clothing donations sorted will be offered between 12:30-1pm, then you are welcome to drop in anytime between 1-3pm to get your swap on.
☆ Arrive in good time for the best selection.
☆ Leave your own personal items (water bottles, purses, jackets) somewhere safe and close where they will not be mistaken for swappable items.
☆ Mingle with friends, and connect with other clothing swap participants, while checking out all the selection of items to be swapped. You are welcome to help yourself to a selection of what you like best.
☆ There are full length mirrors in the bathrooms, so ensure items are a good fit, or put back for someone else to enjoy.
☆ Afterwards you are welcome to bring your items home to wash and dry, then enjoy!
☆ Clothing swaps contribute to sharing resources in an ethical, no cost, enviro-friendly way. All remaining items will be donated to benefit a local charity.
The Venue: The Wise Hall is located at 1882 Adanac Street in Vancouver, BC between Commercial Drive and Victoria Drive, and near Venables Street. The venue is only a few blocks from funky Commercial Drive and a nearby Value Village. The Hall is accessible by transit and street parking is also available.


wiseswapKnow someone that might be interested in this event? Why not invite them too?
The more, the merrier, and the greater selection to choose from!

“Great energy and great people. Wins all around: new wardrobes for everyone, meeting cool people in the community, and donating to a good cause!” ~ past participant


To RSVP, for volunteering, sponsorship, or an possible event collaboration,
please email:

A limited number of volunteer shifts are NOW AVAILABLE! Pick your shifts before they are all gone. Quote from a previous volunteer : “Had a blast… Volunteering Rocks.”

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Participating in Clothing Swaps is the ultimate affordable eco-friendly way to shop without the shopping mall.

Quotes from past participants that have attended our clothing swaps:

“Thanks for doing a lot of the hard work behind the scenes to make this happen…It was really fun and I’m happy there were larger sizes to pick from. I’ll be going through my clothes more regularly now and wearing them more often as I am downsizing the items I have and being more selective in what I bring home to wear.

“Thank you for organizing! This is the first time I have been and I brought a bunch of bags of clothes and left with some awesome finds! A BCBG dress! It was a blast pickin with so many east van ladies :)” 

“I want to thank the swap for the nice jacket and jeans I got. Really appreciate it ” 

“So enormously excited about this event! Already got two huge bags full of clothing to contribute. Clothing swaps are my jam.” 

“Thanks for such a great event! … Great event! I heard the same thing come up – which was that folks were so happy to give their stuff to people they can see and who will enjoy it and know it will be loved. I couldn’t agree more – keep it in the family so to speak, the city family of people we can see and enjoy them enjoying our stuff! It lives on. Looking forward to the next one!” Jocelynn R.

“THANK YOU everyone for coming out! It was such a fun day. Great energy and great people. Wins all around: new spring wardrobes for everyone, meeting cool people in the community, and donating to a good cause (posAbilities). Cheers :)!”

“Thanks to the organizers and all contributors. That was great!!” 

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“Swapping is AMAZING for two reasons: using your things as currency is a way to recycle un-wanted items back into the world while getting items in return that you are in need of without spending any money. And more importantly, it builds community.” Here is a link to another article for extra motivation in a closet cleanse and reason to join us at our next clothing swap:

Upcoming Clothing Swaps Provide an Eco Affordable Option for Vancouver Residents

Urban living can be expensive, especially for families living in Vancouver, one of the world’s most expensive cities.  Finding cost effective strategies can come out of necessity.  To lessen one’s environmental impact can be an important personal choice.   Community resource sharing, such as lending libraries, flea markets, thrift stores, and now clothing swaps, are only growing in popularity.  Clothing swaps empower individuals by providing an affordable option for residents to clothe their families, fashionistas to update their wardrobes, and community members to have a social space to reconnect while they “shop”.

Since 2012 has been facilitating resource sharing for a positive impact in communities by hosting a series of eco-friendly events including: clothing swaps, upcycling workshops, and community potlucks.   Two recent clothing swap events hosted by have benefited over 200 participants and thousands of items of unclaimed clothing were donated to a local non-profit charities.

If you would like more info, to volunteer or get involved, please email:




5 Responses to Clothing Swaps

  1. Stephanie Heney says:

    Do I need to register for these swaps? I don’t have Facebook


  2. I have made a more detailed update above for the upcoming clothing swap event posting for September 24th, 2017. Thanks for letting me know! :)

    Liked by 1 person

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