Swap! Not Shop! Biannual Oakland Clothing Exchange plus $1 Drinks

Homeygrown’s Biannual Clothing Exchange SWAP! NOT SHOP! is this Saturday the 19th at Soundwave Studios in Oakland.  Their loftier goal: to “counteract the disposable nature of consumerism by providing the time and place for shopping renegades to recycle clothes and other reusable items.”  Their lower goal: get you boozed up on $1 drinks.

I’ve only ever been to private clothing swaps. These involve my very pretty and stylish friends all stripping down to their skivvies and trying on each others’ unwanted duds.  I don’t know how it works, but if this public clothing swap is anything like the semi-naked ones I’ve been to, I would suggest you go.  If you stay to the bitter end, it looks like at the end of the night they put on a â€œFugly Fashion Show” with all the leftover crap.

Homeygrown puts these clothing swaps on biannually.  An interesting note: no one really knows whether that means twice a year or every other year.  The reason for this is that if you look up the prefix “bi” in the dictionary (as in biweekly, bimonthly, or biannually), it will give you two definitions: one meaning twice and one meaning every other.  WTF, Webster?  How, then, does this rule apply to the word “bisexual?”  Does that mean you switch it up every other week, or you’re down for either twice a week?  Ahh, adventures in etymology.

Back to the swap: bring a bag of swappable items, $5 admission with your bag of crap, all ages, but $1 drinks for 21+ with ID, $1 silkscreening to customize your finds.

Swap! Not Shop! Clothing Exchange
Saturday, September 19th, 3-9pm
Soundwave Studios
2200 Wood St. in Oakland [East Bay!]

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Chloe's youth was split between California and Kauai, frolicking on a macadamia nut farm in the tropics and landing finally in the Bay Area. Raised by super-Jew hippies, and the youngest of three sisters, Chloe learned early the virtues of thrift, economy, and green living. To the chagrin of her parents (who hoped, of course, for a Jewish doctor or lawyer), Chloe has put her degree from UC Berkeley to great use by becoming a folk singer. As "Chloe Makes Music" she plays shows throughout SF and beyond, donning vintage frocks, selling handmade merch, and pinching pennies as she sings for her supper. Calling Berkeley home for the last six years, you can think of Chloe as the website's East Bay Correspondent, opening your eyes to the hippie-filled, tree-hugging, organic-loving, vegan-eating, but way-overlooked and awesome assets of Berkeley, Oakland, and beyond.
  • http://www.swapnotshop.info Homeygrown

    yeah! it’s that biannual time again! thanks for posting this up and pondering on the meaning of bi. we mean it to be twice a year. so that means we’re due for our first one of this year! it’s next Saturday, we hope that you can post it up for other broke folks to see!