From Seacoast Online (Portsmouth, NH)
In swaps you give and you get. With the Women’s Clothing Swap that takes place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while you might be giving (some of your clothing and accessories), you’ll be getting a whole lot more (including much-needed closet space.)
For any successful event, collaboration is key, and luckily for the Portsmouth Public Library, host of the event, they’ve got two keen collaborators on board. Jennifer Moore, library assistant, and Michelle Smith, communications manager, of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England in Portland, Maine.
Go & Do
WHAT: Third Annual Women’s Clothing Swap presented by the Portsmouth Public Library, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and Strawbery Banke Museum
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
WHERE: Levenson room of the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth
Swap instigator Moore wanted to involve a fashion blogger in this year’s swap, so she did what any discerning adventurer does, turned to the Internet. She Googled up “fashion” and “Portsmouth” (or some variation) and voilà: She discovered Strawbery Banke’s latest exhibit “Thread.” The third annual swap is now presented by Portsmouth Public Library, Goodwill Industries and Strawbery Banke Museum.
Luckily, one thing always leads to another, and here’s what you can expect from your one-time visit to the Third Annual Women’s Clothing Swap:
What you give:
1. A bag of gently used, clean women’s clothing
What you get:
1. A bag of ‘new to you’ items
2. First 250 swap attendees will receive 2:1 coupons to attend “Thread: Stories of Fashion at Strawbery Banke, 1740-2012.”
3. First 250 swap attendees will receive their swapped items in a funky/functional cotton bag saying “Swap” and bearing the logos of Goodwill, the Portsmouth Public Library and Strawbery Banke.
4. An entry in a raffle for two tickets to the Passion for Fashion Gala on June 30, which features a celebrity designer’s runway show and champagne reception.
5. Get your picture taken in the Swap photobooth (the image will be e-mailed to you).
6. A feeling of community and good will because the remaining clothing and accessories will be donated to Goodwill.
When we stopped into the library last Wednesday, Moore and Smith were busy dressing mannequins in second-hand finery and compiling a film to help get the word out about the swap. When asked their style? Moore says, “I’m definitely librarian chic/vintage, but I’m trying to go more toward Brooklyn Bohemian.” Smith said, “I definitely shop thrift and lean more toward vintage. I like ’50s/’60s dresses.”
Three Portsmouth stores — Re-Enhabit, Second Time Around and Wear House — deserve kudos for offering up items so that when doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, there is enough clothing for swapping. In addition, a hearty bunch of volunteers will be at the ready to hang incoming items and sort them by color. “People like digging through a pile of red clothes, for instance,” says Smith, who is based out of Portland, Maine, but no stranger to Portsmouth.
As a special bonus, Moore mentioned they will be showing the movie “Bill Cunningham New York” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 10, at the library, and a rack of swappable clothes will be strategically placed near the Levenson Room to get the swapping juices flowing. The film is about 80-year-old New York Times photographer who documents the way people dress. Moore has already pre-screened it, and says it is “light, and so good.”
If your interest isn’t piqued yet, read up on the Goodwill Blog that Smith heads up, featuring numerous guest bloggers: http://www.goodwillnne.org/blog. Moore also has a strong online presence at http://www.recovergirl.wordpress.com. Her blog is all about Sustainable Style. And, in case you’re interested in blogging yourself, you can head to the library where Moore teaches an introduction to blogging with WordPress class (next class is 3-4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 24, call 766-1720.).