Clothes Swap Fundraiser - 16 April

Since it’s now officially Spring (though you try telling that to the weather in the west of Scotland, where it actually snowed on Friday), we all decided to have a bit of a clear-out to raise much-needed funds for the league. We all raked through cupboards and emptied out our drawers to find those clothes we used to love but maybe hadn’t worn for a while and which could do with going to a new home where they’ll be more appreciated.

Following some frenzied sorting of items into £1, £2 and £3 sections (just how fancy does an item have to be to make it to the £3 table…?), the doors of the Flying Duck opened and the swapping commenced. For £5 entry you got five tokens to spend as you so desired, or you could get ten tokens for bringing us some of your underloved items to swap.

 Let the swapping commence!

Let the swapping commence!

But what if you found the trousers of your dreams, but it turned out they were just that little bit too long for you?! Never fear, for the fabulously crafty Shona Mercy was on hand with a sewing machine and innumerable pins to make your dreams come true. She even turned a lonely t-shirt into a rather fetching cushion cover – there is no end to her talents, truly.

 Shona Mercy can turn anything into anything. Fact.

Shona Mercy can turn anything into anything. Fact.

That isn’t all that was happening though – we had mini basketball, hook-a-duck and some lovely dogs called Fry and Smash (The Patriarchy) to pat. Alongside that we had some top quality roller derby to watch on the projector.

Once you were all swapped and derby-ed out, we had other stalls to enjoy: Frenchie & Chunk’s bakery with their absolutely delicious vegan cakes & dog biscuits, Nuclaire Art showcasing her family portrait commissions and other art, Shari Wilson with her beautiful paintings and last but far from least, gorgeous etched glasses and delicious-smelling vegan candles and soaps from The Wild Witchery.

 Claire of Nuclaire Art, sporting some of her swaps.

Claire of Nuclaire Art, sporting some of her swaps.

Thanks to the Flying Duck for having us, all our donors, volunteers, stallholders and everyone else who came along to support us on the day! The unofficial total for the day is £142 and we're super-grateful to everyone and imagine you're all looking pretty darned good in your super new outfits right about now!

 Sean wearing a delightfully sparkly waistcoat. Not sure Shari is sold on it though...

Sean wearing a delightfully sparkly waistcoat. Not sure Shari is sold on it though...

Also, if vintage clothes are your thing, there is talk of further events so keep your eyes peeled on our Events page for more information!