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« on: February 11, 2006 05:08:12 AM »

Hello! i'm new to the site, but i looove it and thought I'd see if there was interest in a project I just picked up with a coworker. We want to have one of these:


in Boston.

The idea is that everyone brings a bag unwanted (but desirable) of clothes to a central location and roots around and finds fabulous new clothes. I've done this with friends and it's really fun. BUT the cool part about this is that they have DIY stations set up for embellishment, iron-ons, tailoring, recon etc. In the NY one they even have a runway so you can swap, recon and model your new creation in one fell swoop!  The artists they have helping out are here: http://www.swaporamarama.org/swapworkperf.htm. It's soooo cute, they have tags so you can relabel the clothes when you make them "yours" and and and... ok, you can look at the site yourself Smiley

We're pretty committed to doing it (listed on the site and everything!)  and have decided on late May (when people are busting out their summer duds and shredding their winter one), but that's about as far as it goes. We need:

- a venue (a college? a church? a high school? I moved here post-college last year to work, so I'm sure there are a ton of good places i'm not aware of)
- sponsors (craft stores willing to donate lace and beads and whatnot - the NY one also charges ten bucks for participation, but the bigger and cooler we can make this without having to put a lot of money up front we don't have, the better. Hmm, maybe we could have people donate leftover craft supplies too...)
- artists (or at least people willing to set up a craft station and help people with their projects Smiley
- help! generally! people to help sort clothes, get the word out, do planning, help haul the usable extras to some sort of charity after...
- anything else  - extra ideas, inspirations and craftiness from you (yes, you!)

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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2006 06:52:23 PM »

I would love to participate when you find a location.  I have soooo much clothes that I could bring.  Please keep me updated.  It is wicked good idea. (Am I from Boston or what!) 
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2006 10:29:06 AM »

start posting on other online boston related communities with your specific questions (particularly regarding a location). a good place to start would be the b0st0n community on livejournal.
the zine fair is being held at mass college of art, maybe that could be an option, i don't know.
mrs. warhol
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2006 01:23:21 PM »

that sounds wonderful! keep me posted on what you need help with/the when & where/etc.
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2006 09:59:43 AM »

Great, thank  you guys!

I'm putting together an email list of people who just want updates about the when/where, and a google discussion group for people who want to help plan it or put it on (everything from sorting clothes to having a craft station). PM me or email me - scnewman@gmail.com... and i'll post updates here too.
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2006 06:43:17 PM »

ahh lets make this happen. I would suggest a place in Jamaica Plain. Spontaneous Celebrations- community center/ art space, but lots of churches in JP seem pretty artist friendly. maybe I just love JP too much. anyway contact me if you need help in anyway!
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2006 08:56:50 AM »

Guys, we're up and running! We have a date: June 10th, and a website: www.swaporamarama.org/bostonswap.htm. Place: the Democracy Center (45 Mt Auburn St, right off Harvard Square. It is a great - and, importantly, cheap venue). Time: 12-4 pm.

Not only that but the Garment District is sponsoring. Woot!

Here's the little announcement blurb that you should forward and post to EVERYONE and every site you know (we're trying to get the word out, but we're only two people!). We also have about a dozen volunteers, including you lovely ladies who already responded, although I have yet to fully utilize everyone. Hurrah hurrah,


Swap-o-Rama-Rama and the Garment District invite you to...

 Boston Swap-o-Rama-Rama!

    June 10th, 12-4 pm
     45 Mt. Auburn St
       Cambridge, MA


The Boston Summer 2006 Swap-o-Rama-Rama is a chance to clear out your closet and jewelry box and swap it all in for someone else's treasures. Bring a bag of wearable (you know, perfectly good things that you just never seem to put on) garments and accessories. Take home a couple choice finds - or as much as you can carry!

Men, Women, Boys, Girls, anyone in between...

**** Not only that ******

We'll provide DIY stations with sewing machines, artists, and supplies where you can alter, repair and embellish your new finds.

$5 entrance

If you'd like to volunteer at the event (first pick at clothes! homemade cookies! free entrance!) please EMAIL us!

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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2006 10:05:04 AM »

Ah! I'll be there. Sounds like fun!
mrs. warhol
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2006 02:34:24 PM »

eek! the same day as Boston's Pride!
i cannot attend, but have fun ladies and gents!
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2006 10:08:29 AM »

Aw, I know. And the Coolidge Corner artsy-craftsy something fair  Sad   There's just too much going on! The swap is four hours long though, so we're hoping people can pull off multiple activities that day...
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