Local clothing swap links fashion with community


If you've ever wondered how to localize your wardrobe, the CO-OPhx Clothing Swap is an event that provides just the opportunity to do so. But it doesn't stop there. Add to the equation event organizers that have a passion for sustainability, community engagement, and creativity--and a simple fashion event becomes something greater with meaning and connection behind it.

Now in their fifth swap, co-founders Kelsey Wong & Karla Rasmusson along with the CO-OPhx team have made new adjustments to the Spring edition of the swap including tutorials from local boutique owners, DIY upcycling booths, separate women's swaps and a special swap just for the gentlemen. Take a look at our rundown below on why we love this event & you should too! (BONUS: Check out the end of this post for a sweet deal on tickets!)

So how does it work? Bring up to 10 "once-loved, still awesome" items from your closet to swap (bring unlimited items to donate). However many items you give is the number of new finds you can take home. Buy your tickets online or at the door (if they don't sell out first) & enjoy all the festivities including small bites, beverages, tutorials, DIY booths and live music. ClothingCycle, a non-profit that recycles or reuses 100 percent of items regardless of condition will help ensure that all pieces donated and left over will be kept out of landfills. Also, proceeds raised from the clothing drive will benefit CollegeTown of ASU, a program that develops student leaders, connects them to a community and creates awareness of social issues and their impact on society.

Why we love it: We're all for the idea of communities coming together & not only exchanging goods, but ideas too! This event is a win-win all around for consumers, local businesses, non-profit organizations and more. Not to mention its bringing new and returning folks out to one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the Metro Phoenix area--Roosevelt Row, which was just named one the the 'ten best neighborhoods that tourists haven't found yet' by USA Today. Just check out this great list of featured local businesses:

Amir’s La Voûte Annie Boomer Vintage Butter & Me Bakeshop Cellar Door Vintage GROWop Jar of Buttons Kaleidoscope Juice Merry May Shoppe Superstition Vintage & more!

Where: 6th St. & Garfield in the front yards of GrowOp, Annie Boomer Vintage & Cellar Door Vintage (what some are now calling Roosevelt Row's own budding vintage district)

When: Sunday, April 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

More Info: Visit CO-OPhx's website to learn more about the organization. Click here to get tickets to the event.

BONUS: LFA readers get 20% off by entering in the coupon code: LOCALLOVE