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The heat is on

On Saturday, I hit u.swap, a clothing swap put on by U-Turn Art Space and vintage shop Chicken Lays an Egg (check out co-owner Jessy’s blog, Mascara or Motoroil).

Surprisingly (to me), I found ten items I was ready to part with–I have a hard time letting go of clothes–and managed to bring home a few new things in support of what I’ve decided to deem “sustainable shopping.” What? It’s a real movement.

Clothes kept coming in as people arrived, so there was plenty to choose from.

The place was packed with swapper-shoppers and filled with sweltering heat. No air conditioning + 90 degrees + lots of people = sweat dripping down my face. I tried not to sweat on the clothes up for grabs, but I’m not making any promises. Launder your stuff, ladies.

Rosie from The Brush Factory doing some on-the-spot alterations. Brilliant.

I have a habit of buying stuff that doesn’t fit from thrift stores and convincing myself that I’ll get it altered, or even less likely, promising to alter it myself using my handy DIY skills. Needless to say, none of this ambition leads to any actual productivity.

Whirly Girl + Kitchenette macaroons

However, I am productive when it comes to procuring anything even remotely dessert-y, so after I’d bagged my goodies from the swap, I marched straight over to the Whirly Girl truck and indulged in a macaroon. Which I insist on over-pronouncing in French as macarON. ‘Cause I’m pretentious like that.

UPDATE: I did a haul video about my finds! Watch it here.

Have you ever been to a clothing swap? Did you come home with anything good?


  • Melissa

    July 26, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I’ve never participated in a clothing swap before but I’d be interested to find out how they’re organized. I would consider doing one in Orlando if I only had some idea of how it should work.

    Those macaroons look delicious!

    • tamia

      July 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm

      It was fun! There’s basic info on how to set one up here. The trick is to make sure everyone arrives around the same time so all of the swap items are available to everyone.

  • Emily

    July 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Haven’t been but I’d love to go to the next one! Where can I find out about all these happenings?

    • tamia

      July 28, 2010 at 11:21 am

      I think I randomly came across it on Jessy’s blog…The Brush Factory ( has a mailing list that usually has updates & such about stuff like this.

  • Tamu

    July 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Sounds like fun, minus the sweating. I love that the seamstress is drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon!

  • Alicia

    July 26, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I have! It was really nice, too. Nothing like “free clothes.”

    On-site alterations, though? #ohyoufancyhuh

    • tamia

      July 28, 2010 at 11:22 am

      Of course we’re fancy! You know how we do…

  • Sanchez

    July 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    You’re right, the sweltering heat was terrible…lol.

    I’m Alison…I came up and introduced myself to you, after I recognized you from your blog. I feel like such a stalker now 😛

    I think there should be another clothing swap in Cinci…some place with air conditioning. And maybe some music. The on-site tailor was great.

    And definitely everyone arriving at the same time…I didn’t find anything for myself really(a cute brown purse), but found a few things for my daughter. I saw cute things coming in as I was leaving, though.

    • tamia

      July 28, 2010 at 11:24 am

      I think practically everyone on Twitter or Facebook qualifies as a stalker these days, so don’t feel bad! I agree we should do it again–with a few tweaks.

  • Molly

    July 29, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks for coming to the swap! Jessy and I have been talking about hopefully doing another one sometime in the winter, thankfully we do have heat for the gallery 🙂

    • tamia

      July 30, 2010 at 9:36 am

      It really was fun, thanks for putting it together.