Recycle, Renew, and Re-vamp…

April 10, 2007

image - swap-o-rama-rama headshot…your wardrobe at


celebrating creative re-use

Sunday, April 15

Heritage Hall

11:00am to 4:00pm

[thanks to Heather for this item]

Last fall, more than 400 Vancouverites descended on our city’s inaugural Swap-O-Rama-Rama event. It was a day of old clothes, new clothes, and a refreshing look at fashion. In addition to the swap itself, participants learned how to alter and refresh pre-loved clothing, taking inspiration from the on-site fashion show.

Swap-O-Rama-Rama returns on April 15, 2007, at Heritage Hall on Main Street. There will be the same signature swap, but with even more opportunities to tap into your inner DIY:

• On-site silkscreening with Yuriko from Blim (

• Knitters and wannabe-knitters will be coached by the East Van Revolutionary Knitting Front (

• Embroidery – bring it back to basics with a needle, thread, and an infinite number of cool designs

• Eco-friendly feminine protection – comfy, fun, and stylish “planetary napkins” with True Stitches (

• Fashion entertainment featuring local, innovative, and eco-friendly designers like Tag Along Sally, Gretchen Elsner, Wendy VanRiesen, and Damsel Funk

• Sewing machines and sewing leaders to help you alter and embellish your swap finds

• Live music by DJs Pyxis and Xyn of Xynthetic Netlabel

“Swap-O-Rama-Rama inspires people to take an active role in creating fashion. By recycling, and re-styling clothing, you are doing something important – reducing landfill waste but also making an item your own,” explains Heather Cameron, an event organizer. “Buying a manufactured item off a mannequin – that’s making a consumer choice. Taking half an hour to alter and silkscreen a t-shirt – that’s true personal style!”

Swap-O-Rama-Rama was born in New York, when artist Wendy Tremayne saw the power of small-scale clothing swaps among friends, and decided to extend it to the community level. These community-based, environmentally-friendly, and fun events were instant hits, and have since been embraced throughout the U.S. Vancouver textile artist Heather Cameron and the Work Less party collaborated in September 2006 to first bring this event to Vancouver.

The upcoming swap will run from 11am – 4 pm and is open to participants of all ages and genders. Admission is $5, and participants are asked to bring a bag of clothing, outerwear, shoes or accessories (laundered and suitable for re-use) to swap. All un-swapped goods will be donated to a local charity.

Event details:


Sunday, April 15

11 am – 4 pm

Heritage Hall

3102 Main Street

Admission: $5 at the door

[Click on the image at the top to open a PDF poster in a new window. Or click here.]


April Fahr

Ph: 778-836-9907

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