Get new life from old clothes at Swap-O-Rama-Rama

October 9, 2009 10:12:00 AM PDT
A giant clothing swap will be going on this Sunday afternoon (October 11, 2009) at the Old Pine Community Center (4th and Lombard streets) at Philadelphia's second annual "Swap-O-Rama."

"This is sort of the be-all and end-all of clothing swaps," explains Michelle Freman, one of the Swap-O-Rama-Rama volunteers.

Admission to Sunday's event is $20 and a donation of clean, gently used clothing. Hours are 12:00 nooon until 5:00 p.m.

Once you're in, you're free to take home whatever you find. And there are workshops to help you turn your finds into real treasures, by adding silk-screening, trim and more.

Event Organizer Megan Haupt, of the Philadelphia Sewing Collective, explains, "Swaporama is basically a huge clothing swap with the added bonus of connecting people with silk-screeners, and local designers to help modify their clothes.The intention is for people to understand that there is more than just one life behind their garment."

Allison Talbot, who has an online vintage clothing shop, is leading one of the workshops. "The workshop is going to focus on machine-free sewing that people can do, some basic stitches, some hemming. So people can look for things that are trending right now and make modifications."

Proceeds from the Swap-O-Rama-Rama will benefit Girls Rock Philadelphia. And any unclaimed clothing and materials will be donated to local non-profit organizations. For more information about the Swap-O-Rama-Rama, click here.

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