TechCrunch reported Wednesday that closet-swap platform Bib + Tuck, which launched in November 2012, officially netted $600,000 via billionaire fashion magnate J. Christopher Burch and a group of other angel investors in a seed round.
The premise of the so-called “recommerce” outlet is fairly simple: Users turn in their gently worn (perhaps even designer) duds for virtual currency, which then can be spent on anything in the store. If a coveted piece is just out of reach, the store also allows users to buy those in-store “bucks” to close the gap and make the purchase. The company relies heavily on the participation of those with high-end closets to maintain a steady flow of barter-worthy items, but it’s not the first to make a go of the strategy (and turn a profit).
Yay! There’s an upcoming clothing swap in New York City. Tracy who writes the blog, Everything She Wants is hosting a swap on Saturday, December 15th at Closet Dash Shop from 1-3PM.
Bring in a wrapped present (value between $5-$10) to swap with other presents! RSVP HERE
Dress up in your ugliest Holiday Sweater
and get a goodie bag with products from SheaMoisture and mark cosmetics!
Tradesy, an e-commerce mobile app and website that launches today, is attempting to take the hassle out of selling online by making it easy for you to cash in on all those unwanted clothes in your closet.CEO Tracy Dinunzio says she founded Tradesy to make the online selling experience as easy for the average woman as walking into her own closet and uploading photos of her unworn clothing to the site to start selling immediately, without having to worry about logistics, or what the site refers to as “the messy bits.”
via Tradesy Brings New Life To Your Closet By Helping You Sell It To Others | Fast Company.
via Reminder: Jezebel’s Third Annual Fashion Swap Meet is Thursday.
Jezebel’s Third Annual Fashion Swap Meet
When: Thursday, September 13, 6-8pm. The drinks are FREE from 6-7pm.
Where: Randolph Beer, 343 Broome Street (between Bowery and Elizabeth)
How it works: Open your closet. Look in your closet. Reach into your closet and remove the crap that’s been gathering dust, and bring it to the bar on Thursday. Swap it for something new-to-you. Boom.
Just trade in one wearable item — clothes, shoes, accessories — and you’ve gained entry, free to rummage with reckless abandon and take whatever you can carry. The more stuff you bring, the more rummaging for everyone (and we mean everyone: all shapes and sizes, and you too, guys — all it takes is for two for a gentlemen’s trade).
and Swap-O-Rama Rama invite you to join in the social experience of clothing swapping and design and celebrate our collective creativity! You are invited to Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a giant clothing swap and series of DIY workshops in which a community explores reuse and creativity through the trading and recycling of fashion.
DIY Workshops: If you have a unique skill that transforms old clothing or other items into fashionable, wearable items (clothing/jewelry/handbag etc.) please consider bringing this to Swap-O-Rama-Rama in the form of a DIY workshop.
Sewing Station: If you’re a whiz behind a sewing machine and work with reuse, consider being a Swap-O-Rama-Rama designer helping people learn how to mod the used clothing they find at the swap.
Fashion Show: There will be Swap-O-Rama-Rama fashion show and show off your creations and collections.
Silk Screen Crew: If you’re a silk screener and would like to join the silk screening crew, offering your fresh designs to bring used clothes back to life, please get in touch!
when: September 29-30 9/29 10am-5pm + 9/30 10am-4pm
This is the fifth Plus Size Clothing Swap that xoxonettaP has hosted in New York City, and she is excited to bring on new partners and sponsors as the event continues to expand. The focus of the event is to provide women who wear clothing above a size 10 a comfortable place to swap clothes and shoes with other women. All swapped items will be sorted upon arrival. Interested participants are asked to bring their bag(s) of clothing and shoes the evening of the event. Examples of items to swap include:
- Tops and blouses
- Pants and slacks
- Shoes, sandals, heels & boots
This time around, the Plus Size Clothing Swap is excited to announce their partnership with Madison Plus, the premier plus size fashion website with hand-curated plus size looks, who has signed on to provide donations for the swap from their showroom.
via Plus Size Clothing Swap – NYC: xoxonettaP – Eventbrite.
The online consignment shop Refashioner.com went live this week. Billed as a “curated, online eco-mmunity” for buying, selling and trading vintage clothing, users can apply to create a “closet” and upload pictures of used clothing to sell—which must be approved by the “ReFashion police.
via Startup News: New Site to Sell Your Old Clothes; New App to Sell Your Old iPhone Photos | Betabeat.
I recently was interviewed for an article about clothing swaps and thought I should let people who follow me on Twitter about this blog. Coincidentally, I get a tweet from the folks at Browse & Pick. Browse & Pick is a local start-up based in Brooklyn that hosts swap parties. Browse They also do swap for baby clothes which is probably a big savings for families.
You can buy tickets to the next swaps which are June 2. Follow them on Twitter to get updates.
Even though we’ve long known that creativity is the key to staying stylish and financially solvent, there was a time not so long ago that suggestions of frequenting thrift stores (Goodwill shout-out!) and holding clothing swapping parties were met by some with a resounding “meh”. The world has changed however, and the perception of “gently used” with it. According to a recent Bloomberg story , struggling retailers are fighting a new trend of frugality – yep, an old favorite of ours, the swap. Turns out the next generation, saddled with practically unprecedented economic challenges, are shopping less and swapping more.
via Swapping Replacing Shopping? Swaps On The Rise For Cash-Strapped Millenials – The Budget Fashionista.