Read below for details about our socially distant clothing swap! Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Perennial’s Community Clothing Swap is an amazing way to get a new wardrobe with the earth in mind! You bring clothes you no longer want (but are still in fine shape) and take home new-to-you items from the swap. We’ve had a lot of requests for clothing swaps to return and we miss them too but we need to change things quite a bit to make sure they are hosted in a safe and responsible way! So we are asking for your patience and help as we try something new. We’ve got lots of details below so please read through the entire FAQ before buying your ticket.
We also understand not everyone will be ready to come back to the swap even with limitations in place. We will still be accepting clothing donations from folks who do not plan to attend the swap. Clothing can be dropped off at Perennial July 30th, 31st and August 2nd from 11-5pm.
All clothing donations must be dropped off in advance so that we can pre-sort the items.
How does it work?
This swap is going to look different. We will be accepting clothing donations a week prior to the swap to allow time for clothes to sit unhandled for several days. No clothing donations will be accepted the day of the swap. You can definitely donate clothes in good condition even if you are not planning to attend to ensure we have a wide selection. Then a limited group of volunteers will sort the clothes by item in advance.
You will select your timeslot and buy your ticket in advance. We will only be allowing a maximum of 8 tickets to be sold for each timeslot so that even with staff and volunteers there are no more than 12 people in the entire shop at a time. Ticket prices are higher this swap to account for the limited number of people we will be able to accommodate and the extra time that will need to go into managing this new swap.
You will come during your designated time (if you arrive early please wait in your car until it is time to swap) and have access to any of the clothes in the shop. We will have arrows on the floor to help guide you in one direction through the shop. You will maintain social distance from other folks and if you need to go back to a certain area you can make a loop around the shop.
Masks are required to be worn at all times by everyone!
What does it cost to attend?
Due to restrictions on the number of people who can attend during social distancing we have created tiered pricing. While everyone will have the same amount of time to swap the people who want first pick of items will pay a little more and the people at the end of the swap will pay a lower price but may have slightly less selection. Ticket prices range from $10-$25 depending on the time.
Can I pay at the door?
Sorry not this time! To make sure we are sticking to only a set number of people in the shop at a time you will need to purchase your ticket in advance to this swap and you will only be able to attend during your timeslot.
What items can I bring?
Dresses / Shorts / Skirts / Shirts / Pants / Shoes / Jewelry / Bags
Due to even more limited space than normal we are not accepting winter items, intimates including bras, socks, underwear, or swimsuits. Thank you for understanding!
Will there be limits on what I can take?
We hope the answer is no. One of the great things about the swap is that we want as much clothing to find new homes as possible so normally there is no restriction. Since this is the first time we are trying this new format we are unsure of how many donations we will get but we are going to do our best to allow people to take as much as they like.
Does my ticket include refreshments?
With a limited timeframe we will not be offering refreshments while you swap in August.
Can I donate kids clothing?
Sorry, we are not accepting kids clothes for the swap. Just clothing and accessories for adults!
What happens to the leftover clothing?
Immediately after the Community Clothing Swap, Perennial volunteers take the items that can be used in the workshop for classes and events. Then, the leftover items are donated to Remains, Inc., a local textile recycling company.
Can I volunteer?
For this swap we will be limiting volunteers and coordinating in advance. We are not looking for new volunteers at this time but check back for updates!