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How Does The Swop Work?

6 Jun

Swop n Shop is now mere days away. Are you excited? We can’t sleep.

Wondering how it all works? Here’s a quick FAQ designed to answer all your burning questions:

1. Our swop is simple – you bring your unwanted clothes, we swop them for tokens, you swop your tokens for someone else’s unwanted clothes. That impulse buy you’ve always regretted buying, that’s sitting in the back of your wardrobe? It’s another person’s steal of the century.

2. Menswear and childrenswear is accepted. So bring your husbands, boyfriends and fiances along! Children are welcome too – any aged 10 and under will get in for free.

3. One item of clothing = one token. So the more you bring, the more you can take away…

4. Please don’t bring any swimwear, underwear, hosiery or nightwear as these won’t be accepted.

5.  Only clean, non-damaged and good condition clothes will be accepted.

6.  Accessories including shoes, bags, belts, hats and jewellery are accepted provided they’re in good nick.

7. Forgotten to bring something to swop? No problem – pick up something from the pop up Red Cross charity shop to swop.

8. Don’t fancy swopping? It’s not compulsory – why not spend your afternoon shopping at the 20 local independent pop up shops selling everything from vintage jewellery to handmade homewares and gifts, or chill out in the retro lounge with tea, cake and old records.

Still not sure how it works? Drop us a line – call 0115 852 8016 or email agadsby@redcross.org.uk

See you there!


Stall Focus #6 – Lisa Gibson

25 Apr

As part of our series of spotlights on our stallholders, today we spoke with colourful fashion designer Lisa Gibson – who we’re absolutely delighted to have back.

Hello Lisa. Tell us about your stall!
My stall will be full of all the joys of summer, with lots of bright colours and lots of unique and high quality items.

We must hope for a sunny day, then. What will you be selling?
On the day I will be selling clothes, accessories such as bags and brooches of all different styles, so you will be spoilt for choice. All of my designs are unique.

Sounds like our type of thing!
My stall will have a new range of summer clothing such as dresses, tops and skirts, some with bright floral prints and others with various bold prints. There are items for all tastes, from bright pastel tops to the boldest coloured skirts and bags. I am offering a great range for the holiday season.

Lovely. So how did you get into fashion?
I have always loved doing art and textiles so I went off to study fashion and textiles at University and I have been making ever since, I love what I do it’s the best job I could ever wish for.

Finally, what made you want to take part in Swop n Shop?
I have taken part in the swop and shop event previously and thought there was a real good buzz at the event, lots of people and lots of lovely stalls to look at, and all for a good cause.


You can catch up with Lisa Gibson on Twitter, Facebook and on her website.

Stall Focus #5 – The Forgotten Library

18 Apr

We’re very pleased to have The  Forgotten Library back! Having undergone a name-change, they’ll be appearing once again at June’s event, due to take place in Derby’s Silk Mill Museum.

We caught up with head librarian Charlotte to discover what it’s all about.

1. Hello Charlotte. Could you sum-up The Forgotten Library in one sentence?
Unique gifts created from vintage books and papers.

2. Couldn’t have put it better myself. So what exactly will you be selling on the day?
I hope to bring along something from all the ranges made at The Forgotten Library.  Individual journals with pulp fiction and classic penguin book covers.  Fun folders with vintage magazine covers.  Magnets and keyrings featuring book illustrations and retro advertisements.  Cards with unique train travel tickets from the 1930s-1970s, cigarette cards and advertisements from a Victorian Times newspaper.   Assorted gifts from letters to bookends decorated with decoupage.  Book clocks and more.  There will also be some rejuvenated lavender filled vintage pomanders so you can treat your new clothes from the swop to a fragrant and pretty new home in the wardrobe.

3. Charlotte, you had me at “classic penguin book covers”. Have you anything special up your sleeve planned for Swop n Shop?
I’m currently working on turning books into pen pots and holders and making headbands from vintage materials and buckles so if I can create the stock in time I hope to have some new lines introduced then.  I will also be having a multibuy offer and sale basket to satisfy the bargain hunter.

4. So how did The Forgotten Library begin?
I’ve always loved creative pursuits but not always had as much time as I’d like to enjoy these due to work commitments.  With the current economic climate I have faced redundancy due to workplace closure on 3 occasions in just a few years and so when my hours were cut after the last threat I decided to spend the extra time putting some of the ideas I’d often come up with into practice.

When I worked at an Oxfam bookshop we often bemoaned the fact the damaged books had to go in the recycling bin because they just weren’t saleable and over the years I’d had many thoughts about how they could be upcycled.  2011 was the year I started to turn my daydreams into something real.

5. Finally, what attracted you to take part in Swop n Shop?
I took part in the first event and was thrilled to find out it was happening again with a more central and fascinating sounding venue.  The wide range of fabulous craft stalls were wonderful to explore and swapping clothes is fun and a fabulous fundraising idea.  I look forward to June 9th.


As you might have grasped, we, like Charlotte, are also very excited about June 9th.

You can learn more about The Forgotten Library on their website, their blog, their Facebook page and their Etsy shop.

And, of course, you can pay a visit to their stall come June 9th!

Stall Focus #3 – BelleBangles

3 Apr

Fans of sparkly, shiny ethical loveliness rejoice! We’re pleased to announce that the none-more-glittery BelleBangles will be making a very welcome return to Swop n Shop at the Silk Mill this June.

We caught up with Ms. Teresa Parr of BelleBangles, in order to ask her what it’s all about.

Hi Teresa. So what’s it all about?
BelleBangles specialises in one of a kind hand made pieces of jewellery using fair trade beads from Ghana and Uganda and also beaded leather wraps for women and men using semi precious stones and beautiful Czech glass crystal beads.

Sounds gorgeous! So what will you be selling on the day?
On the day I will be selling my fair trade jewellery. The beads have been carefully sourced and are produced from recycled glass and then handpainted by the Somanya-Krobo tribe in Ghana, West Africa. By purchasing the beads it helps to develop sustainable employment opportunities there (currently in the field of jewelry-making and other bead work) for disadvantaged youth whose job prospects are very limited by their lack of family support and/or limited levels of education.

I will also be bringing along my beaded leather wraps designed for men and women. I use top quality Greek leather cord and semi precious beads, Swarovski pearls and Czech glass crystal. The wraps are all finished with an individual button. Every item on the stall is Ooak (one of a kind) so you can be assured of an individual piece.

Exciting! So will you be doing anything extra special for Swop n Shop?
I am continually designing and making items which I hope the customer loves! There will be plenty of colour on the stall – the fair trade beads are stunning and the Czech glass beads are very sparkly! I will also be bringing along, especially for Swop n Shop and it’s vintage theme, beaded leather wraps using vintage beads from the 1940’s – 80’s.

Lovely. So how did BelleBangles all begin?
I began making jewellery a couple of years ago out of my love for fair trade beads and buttons, which are on the beaded leather wraps. I am a button magpie and have boxes full of them!

I wanted to create items that were different to the growing number of jewellery craft stalls and hopefully I have achieved this.

We’re sure you have, Teresa. Finally, what attracted you to take part in Swop n Shop?
I took part in last year’s Swop n Shop so of course I said ‘yes’ when asked back to this new and exciting venue. It’s great to promote local crafts people and also help raise money for the Red Cross. Fingers crossed for it being a great success.


Fingers  crossed indeed!

You can find BelleBangles on Etsy and on Twitter @bellebangles.

Our slots are quickly filling up, so should you want to set up stall yourself at Swop n Shop, do get in touch.

Stall Focus #1 – Shu & Me

27 Feb

Excellent news,  Swop n Shoppers! We’ve got our first stallholder.

Shu & Me specialise in vintage and trend inspired jewellery put together by hand using recycled pieces of unwanted, broken or inherited costume and antique jewellery. They take the outmoded and make it “beautiful and wearable”. It’s a marvellous venture based on a very real love for the gorgeous and the unique. We’re genuinely proud to have them on board.

We caught up with the mastermind behind Shu & Me – Lucy Bannister – to tell us what it’s all about.

Hi Lucy. Could you sum-up your stall in one sentence?
A stall with the concept that- “One girl’s trash is another girl’s treasure.” Being that I’m a total Magpie and lover of all things Vintage.My stall will be filled with sparkly vintage bling!

What will you be selling on the day?
I hand make, unique necklaces and bracelets that have been put together using recycled pieces of unwanted, broken or inherited costume/antique jewellery that have gone on to be revived to make something beautiful and wearable. Every item is different and exclusive to the person wearing it. Each necklace and bracelet tells a different story.

What can we expect from your stall? Will there be any special new products or promotions for the day?
All my pieces of jewellery are 100% one-offs so who knows what I will have created by the time the event comes around! I find this is all part of the thrill and excitement in doing what I do, never knowing what I might pick up next to create something new from- so expect some surprises! Other than that I will be bringing my existing collection of vintage inspired necklaces and bracelets designed currently priced between £10-£30 each one unique to the person who buys them and made with 100% care, love and consideration into the smallest of details.

How did Shu & Me come about?
I started working with jewellery from an early age as a Saturday girl at a friend of the families business in derby, it was working there that my passion for the crafting of jewellery began I suppose. I completed my degree in ‘Fashion Studies’ and knew it was the fashion world I wanted to become part of but wasn’t sure which area. Eventually I decided to mix my love for design, with my love for jewellery and create trend/vintage inspired jewels- I love the idea of taking something unwanted and making it beautiful again in a new form.

What attracted you to take part in Swop n Shop?
I think any event of this kind is great. The Red Cross is obviously a super cause to back and it’s nice that fashion and charity can work so well together, allowing to promote local business but also raise lots of money to help the millions of people that rely upon the Red Cross around the world. With Shu&Me being my new venture I see this event as the perfect way to show case my stuff. Can’t wait to be part of it!


Lucy? We can’t wait either.

You can find Shu & Me on both Facebook and Blogspot. Why not pay them a visit?