From 2008-2010, Philly Swap was a community-wide clothing swap that brought hundreds of people together to shop, swap, reuse, and recycle. In addition to unlimited swapping, attendees could watch craft and construction demonstrations, learn about local artist and designers at the community partner tables, have one of their finds transformed by a local artist at our silk screening stations, or sit in on a talk about sustainable changes in the garment industry.
This event operated under Philly Sewing Collective as a “Swap O Rama Rama” event in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, the planning team decided to give the event its own identity and local feel. In 2010, we created the name Philly Swap, to not only promote the swapping of clothes but of everything- creativity, crafts, fabrics, ideas, books, seeds, accessories, food, etc.
In 2010, Philly Swap outgrown its space, moved to a bigger and most fabulous location and expanded its programming (see below). Plus, a portion of the proceeds went to the Village of Arts & Humanities and all leftover clothing was donated amongst our community partners. We are glad you could connect locally, explore creatively, and reuse responsibly with us!
Moving forward, we hope to host workshops, demonstations, and other events to continue the spirit of swapping in different neighborhoods throughout the Philadelphia area.
2010 Programming Highlights:
Over 10+ silk screening stations
Kid-friendly activities and clothing/accessories for swapping
Community partner tables
Creative workshops and demonstrations
Sewing alteration stations
Educational topic-specific talks
Café will have food and beverages available for purchase
Portion of your ticket cost is donated to a local charity
Free parking and shuttle from Broad Street Line
Check out our video from last year!
Swap O Rama Rama came to Philadelphia in the fall of 2008.
See how it all started at: swaporamarama.org
Check out these great videos from SORR events worldwide HERE