Fashion swap at Milk barBy Caroline Cook
June 29, 2012
Fashionistas without the A-list budget will be able to update their wardrobe for less at the first Sunday Trade Off in Reading.
Milk bar in Merchants Place is inviting fashion fans to reinvent their look at a clothes-swapping event.
With penny-pinching times meaning we all have less cash to splash on the High Street, people are looking for new ways to spruce up their look.
And Milk has come up with the answer, inviting people to swap their clothes, accessories and shoes with someone else, while listening to top tunes and tucking into free cake.
“The idea for the Sunday Trade Off came from wanting Milk to have a community feel, to be a bit of a social hub, and we thought that doing Sunday events would add to the relaxed persona of the bar,” said organiser Kat Boult.
“I’ve seen many swap shops happening in London recently and swapping or swishing events have become very popular.”
The rules for the Sunday Trade Off are simple. Just select up to 10 items from your wardrobe that adhere to the rules and take them along to Milk from 2pm to receive your swapping tokens.
Items will be categorised with pink tags for items from the High Street (including H&M, Primark, Marks and Spencer, Gap and Topshop) and yellow tags for high-end and vintage items (including Reiss, Whistles and top designers).
You will receive tickets corresponding to the quantity and quality of items that you bring, to make it a fair swap.
Once the swap is over, if your items have not been snapped up you can take them home or Milk will take them to a charity.
The rules of the swap insist that items must be in good condition.
Items which cannot be swapped are plain vests or T-shirts, underwear and swimwear.
Kat said: “I hope everyone brings plenty to swap, has a few drinks and just generally has a good time.”
Entry to the swap is £1 and people are asked to join The Sunday Trade Off – Swapping Event! Facebook Page to give an indication of numbers.
For more information visit www.milkreading.co.uk