Swap ’til you drop

Have you discovered swishing? Ever wanted that guilt-free shopping experience?  

Local designer Vic Tristram is hosting a clothes-swapping party on Sunday 9th August at The Lodge, East Dulwich in association with greenmystyle.com to raise money and awareness for Bowel Cancer Charity and give your wardrobe that much-needed boost.

The doors will be open at 4pm to take deliveries. The event will be officially opened at 5.30pm. There is a small £5 entry fee/donation to the charity at the door, entitling you to one raffle ticket, which could see you win a fantastic beauty spa voucher or half a days gardening work.

With summer in full swing and parties galore, a great pair of shoes or that all-important evening dress is a must-have for any fashionista. Make for a dazzling evening, excite your fashion taste buds and help save our beloved planet at the same time.

Bring along any unwanted items of clothing, shoes or accessories. It can be anything from an outdated pair of high-top 80s sneakers or the latest bag that just didn’t go with that all-important outfit. Chances are, someone else will love it.

When you submit your items, you’ll be given the same number of tickets in return, each ticket entitles you to one swap item.

Then you go get yourself a refreshing drink and catch up with friends or strangers and listen to some fab music while the items are set up. Once the party opens at 5.30pm, you’re free to dive-in and pick your sparkling ‘new’ items, simple!

If you’re unable to bring any items or want to take more home than you brought, then “swap” tickets will be also on sale. All proceeds will be donated to Bowel Cancer Charity.

This year has seen a surge of interest in ethical and environmental issues around shopping.

“Save money, save the planet, have a party: swishing effortlessly touches all of these buttons. Swishing parties are for all those women who want to combine glamour, environmental protection and frugality,” says Lucy Shea, founder of Swishing and director of Futerra Sustainability Communications.

Clothes swap parties bring together ethical shopping, bargain hunting and social networking and is fast becoming a hot fashion trend. Ethical and environmentally friendly, swishing ticks all the right boxes when it comes to providing a guilt-free shopping experience. So why not enjoy it in the surroundings of a chic party? (any excuses, didn’t think so!) 

Save money, save the planet, have a swishing good time.

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