last sunday, i went to my very first clothing swap! i was so excited because i had been squirrling away a ton of clothes that either didn't fit me properly or i didn't like anymore. i was hoping for an event just like this so i could give some of my favourite pieces a brand new loving home. however, some proved to be extra hard to part with:
like my crazy thrifted golf skirt which has seen years of indierock shows (but not one golf course!)
and my much-loved wraparound panda applique skirt i bought at a used clothing store.
it even had the name of the person who owned it before me stitched inside!
and here's the mountain of clothing i managed to part with and bring to the swap
when i pulled up to the building where the swap was being held, i was so excited to see mishka and her friend claire! turns out they were headed to the same place. claire was a sweetie and helped me carry my massive hockey bag stuffed with clothing up the 2 flights of stairs. another friend, michelle was also there. it was a really nice surprise to see her there too!
i scored some amazing vintage buttons...
...as well as a lovely grey cardigan, a black button-up shirt, a big rusty-coloured woven scarf, an embroidery hoop, a pom-pom maker, and a skirt previously owned by both mishka and claire. i don't have pictures of the clothes though because they're all in the laundry right now.
but my biggest score was this lovely light blue vinyl overnight bag. i love the faux-croc pattern!
(noah's in the picture to provide scale and a bit of cuteness!)
i was a bit nervous someone else at the swap would want it too (which meant it would be decided by a sob story or a coin toss). luckily nobody fought me for it, but i was ready with my plea for mercy. i told everyone i really wanted it because i have plans for a trip i've been hoping to take for years...and it's finally happening this summer! i explained i thought i'd look so much classier walking into the hotel with this swanky bag, rather than my monster-sized backpack. ;)
the coolest thing is that when i got home and went through the bag opening all of the zippers and pockets, i found a restaurant receipt. but not just any restaurant receipt.....i'm pretty sure it's a receipt from the city i'll be visiting ....the reason i wanted this lovely bag in the first place!
am i right? is that a receipt from new york city? well, anyway....that's where we're going in july!
and i've got a hot travel bag to take with me!
if indeed that receipt is from new york, isn't that kinda freaky that it was in there???
(michelle....maybe we can meet up for a cupcake while i'm there?)