Swap-O-Rama-Rama @ Fasten Handmade Collective

Craft & Design

If I were in Milwaukee this weekend, I’d totally go to this. Of course we get our own Swap-O-Rama-Rama in Venice next weekend, so I’ll stop by that one. If you’re not familiar with the Swap (for shame!), here’s a rundown:

Join in the communal process of reuse and celebrate our collective creativity! You are invited to Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a giant clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores reuse and creativity through the recycling of used clothing.
It’s easy to make the move from consumer to creator – and it’s fun. At this Swap-O-Rama-Rama you’ll find a host of talent brought together to teach you how to transform your new/used clothing into works of your own. You’ll find professional designers with sewing machines ready to teach you secrets on how to make modifications to your new/used duds. Or you might try the hand sew area and decoration station where you can learn to embroider, knit, applique, etc. A stenciling station offers many amazing designs for immediate transfer as well as iron-on decals.
Of course the core of the swap is the gigantic piles of free clothing sorted into categories: pants, shirts, skirts, sweaters etc. These piles are the collective total of each guest’s contribution of any size bag of unwanted clothes so clean out those closets and let go of what’s no longer inspiring. Take home as much clothing as you can carry, it’s all free. Remainders go to Goodwill.

For a list of upcoming Swap-O-Rama-Rama events near you, visit their website.

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Jenny Ryan

Jenny Ryan is an artist, crafter, and maker of things. She lives in Los Angeles with a pack of various animals (including her husband) and writes about her adventures in creating at Exit Through the Thrift Shop.

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