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Real Estate Swap?

Real Estate Swap?

While I have been approached by buyers and sellers to swap real estate in the last few weeks instead of buy it, there was a real swap that took place on May 30th! If you weren't there, it was fun as usual. Over 50 people attended the bi-annual clothing and accessories swap.

Every fall and spring, friends/clients de-clutter their closets, drop off a bag of swappable items and we set up my house to look like Holt Renfrew (well...close). On the evening, guests come from the North Shore, the West and East sides of Vancouver to choose a few pre-loved gems. In fact there is a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress that has been loved by 7 different people and it was swapped again this time. Instead of the travelling pants, it is the travelling red Von Furstenberg!!

These swaps began in 2008 and have taken on a life of their own. They have become great networking evenings for some of the coolest women around. At the spring 2012 swap, interesting entrepreneurs of note who brought items to showcase were:

Shoshana Krell of Shok Jewelry Design, Katie Quinn of Downtown Betty - ethically made, timelessly stylish and most of all, comfortable, Vivian Thom who can tell you everything about natural products including Norwex, Christine Breakell-Lee's beautiful art pieces and Jack Pekarsky (12 yr old future Marc Jacobs) with his fashion line F11.

After guests have gathered their favourite pieces, all remaining clothes, shoes, coats etc go to worthy women's charities who are very grateful for the large donations to help their clients. Charities who have received bags and bags of clothes include Dress for Success, Avalon and Covenant House. It is a win-win-win-win. We recycle, we network, we go home with some free clothes and we help women in our community.

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Here's some of the fabulous groups we work with:

Dunbar Little League

 

Vancouver United Soccer

 

Thunderbirds hockey

 

Hawks Field hockey

 

Pacific Autism Family Network Golf Tournament Sponsor

 

Ride to Conquer Cancer

 

Avalon Recovery Society

 

St. James Music Academy

 

Jewish Federation

 

WISH Drop-In Centre Society

 

Local dance, theatre, and ski clubs

Our current passion projects

They’re fun, and you’re all invited!

 

Pillow Talk – this event gathers women and leaders in the community for a salon-style information sharing from experts in our community.

 

Swaps – Invented by Ruthie in 2008, this bi-annual event draws over a hundred women to “swap” their gently used clothes. Attendees get a refresh of their wardrobe with fantastic finds without spending money, with remaining clothing donated to women’s charities.