What is Swop n Shop?

The first ever Swop n Shop took place at Derby University in November 2011. It was conceived with two aims in mind:

1.To raise money for The British Red Cross.
2.To give independent online creative businesses an opportunity to sell their wares directly to the public.

In both respects, the event was a total success. We raised over £1000 for The British Red Cross and allowed for no less than 37 creatives to run their own fruitful pop-up stalls for the day.

But what is a Swop N Shop? Well, it’s divided very neatly into two distinct sections.

THE SWOP

Have you ever been to a clothes swap before? It’s quite simple and a lot of fun. You’re allowed to swap any item of clothing you bring for any other item of clothing. It’s a fantastic way of ridding yourself of old and unwanted clothes whilst, at the same time, acquiring amazing new items for next to nothing.

At the Swop N Shop, we also allow for the trading of shoes and accessories.

All we ask is that you bring a minimum of three items (for which you’ll be able to swap shiny new items) and that anything you do add to the pile is in good, clean condition. No rips, tears, ladders or stains, please. Don’t bring anything that you wouldn’t yourself pick up.

THE SHOP

The stalls we host at Swop N Shop are unique. Mainly independent online traders, they rarely sell their wares publicly. You can therefore be sure that all that you see cannot be found anywhere else on the high street.

Below are some images from our inaugural event which should give you some idea of what to expect. Any fans of vintage, upcycling and handmade crafts, though, will be in their element.

We had so much fun and learned so much at the first event that we decided to do it again.

We aim to host two Swop n Shop events a year. In this way, we’ll be able to raise large amounts of money for The British Red Cross whilst also giving independent creatives rare and valued exposure.

All of the above photos were taken by the marvellous Lawrence de Gruchy.

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