FAQs

What types of items are you accepting?
How nice does my stuff need to be?
What kind of shape should it be in?
Can I bring maternity items?
Is there a limit on how much you’ll accept?
Do I only have one chance to drop my stuff off?
What do I get for my donations/admission fee?
What’s this “Business Class” boarding thing?
Why the admission fee?
Will there be clothing in my size?
Will there be dressing rooms?
I don’t think I can come up with 10 items, can I come anyway?
Will child care be available?
Can I pick up my stuff afterwards if it’s still there?
What if I really want to get something but I’m out of tickets?
What if I don’t find anything I like?
Can I bring my kids/husband?
Can I help?
What do I do if I have more questions?

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What types of items are you accepting?
Acceptable swap items include:
Clothing (dresses, skirts, pants, jeans, tops, blouses, sweaters, cool t-shirts)
Outerwear (coats, jackets, hats, scarves)
Active wear (in REALLY good condition…no stinky stuff please)
Footwear (new or very gently used…no retreads ladies)
Purses/Handbags (the kind you’d pay for and impress your friends with)
Jewelry (if you wore it prom, it won’t fly here)
Belts (not the one that came free with those pants)

No Thanks – we’re NOT accepting the following items:
– Maternity
– Bathing suits
– PJ’s
– Undergarments

How nice does my stuff need to be?
Fashionable, consignment store-worthy items. Great-looking stuff that you haven’t worn in ages (or ever). Items you may have paid a lot for but just don’t suit you or fit well.

We want the really good stuff in your closet-the items you hesitate to give up even though you don’t wear it! Giving it to Goodwill would feel like a sacrifice.

This swap is about taking the risk to give your good stuff up in hopes of getting something equally as good, if not better. If we all take the risk, the reward will be great!

Bring that…
– soft as butter leather jacket you bought in Italy but never saw the light of day.
– cute dress from summer that was gorgeous and expensive in the store. Wore it once.
– cool purse that never made it through the rotation.
– scarf or hat that is adorable but you are sick of it.
– stylish shirt that hugs the extra love on the hips too tight for public. Ouch!
– pair of shoes that are a fraction too small and it kills you. Not fair.
– jewelry that worked at the wedding but doesn’t suit you now

What kind of shape should it be in?
Nothing with damage will be accepted. Clean, stain free, no holes, and relatively wrinkle-free, no pilling, pet hair, broken zippers or missing buttons please. Shoes need to have decent tread, not extremely scuffed or smelly. Work out gear shouldn’t have that funky smell that just doesn’t come out.

Can I bring maternity items?
No maternity items at Swapapalooza please.

Is there a limit on how much you’ll accept?
We will only provide tickets for 50 items max. We’re happy to take your items above 50 as a donation to the swap. (Or save them for our next swap!)

Do I only have one chance to drop my stuff off?
Yes. Drop off is from 4-8pm on January 30th at Small Faces Development Center. If you can’t make that time, please find a friend who can turn your clothes in for you and collect your tickets. Please contact us if that is not possible.

What do I get for my donations/admission fee?
Each POINT “purchases” one item. Any item. Our swap is not a one-for-one swap. You are welcome to pick up your clothing or other items that don’t get swapped between 12:00 – 12:30.  Otherwise all items get donated to charity. Check out the Currency System for further details.

What’s this “Business Class” boarding thing?
To earn “Business Class” boarding passes, you must be one of the top 10 donators of items that successfully passed through the friendly fashion filter. “Business Class” boarding pass holders earn early entry (5 minutes early) before the main swap begins.

Why the admission fee?
The bulk of the admission fees cover the cost of the renting the Gym for Swapapalooza, as well as the rental of the racks, food and wine at the event , cost of racks and other incurred expenses. Just think of the admission fee as paying for the opportunity to gain access to LOTS of swappable stuff. The admission fee increased this year due to the increased cost to rent the newly remodeled gym.

Will there be clothing in my size?
Probably. We’re a diverse collection of body types, so the more swappers who participate, the more sizes and styles to choose from. Please encourage your friends to join in. We do not have a crystal ball on what specific items you will find in what size, but be open-minded, have fun, play dress up and find some new-to-you treasures for your wardrobe. And remember – all the items not claimed are donated to charity. So if you really really can’t find anything, at least you’ve helped someone in need.

Will there be dressing rooms?
This female-only event will be held in a gym with no windows. There will be a small, semi-private, group area with mirrors to try on clothes. There will also be plenty of mirrors around the gym so you can see how you look in your ‘new-to-you’ outfit. We suggest being prepared. Wear a tank – or sports bra – and some leggings under your clothes so you have the option to try on whatever, wherever. You won’t want to waste time in the dressing room! But don’t forget…re-hang all try ons if you aren’t buying them.

I don’t think I can come up with 10 items, can I come anyway?
We suggest asking a neighbor or another friend not coming to the swap to donate clothes, purses, jewelry or shoes on your behalf. The more good clothes we get, the better the swap!

Will child care be available?
Nope, sorry!

Can I pick up my stuff afterwards if it’s still there?
Yes. Come promptly at noon to look for your stuff on the racks. We’ll begin boxing the remaining items up for donation to a local charity at 12:30pm.

What if I really want to get something but I’m out of tickets?
You will be able to purchase extra points at check out. $5 buys you 1 point. $20 buys you 5 points. Cash or check only please.

What if I don’t find anything I like?
It’s possible, but unlikely. That said, everyone has bad shopping days. Take heart that you created extra room in your closet, did something good for someone else, and helped donate clothes to women’s charities.

Can I bring my kids/husband?
Nope and nope. Swapapalooza is a time for you to enjoy time with the Ladies. This is an adult only event for WOMEN. There has been some confusion about bringing daughters to Swapapalooza.  We love you and love your kids, but this is an adult only event.  The Swap Team revisits this issue each year (this is Swapapalooza’s 9th year, our daughters are only getting older) and continues to feel that this is a time for adult women (with and without kids) to spend with each other.  That said, we welcome younger volunteers (super mature middle schoolers on a case by case basis and high schoolers) to volunteer the day of swap to help rehang clothes (and as a thank you to them we let them shop after Swapapaplooza is over).  Thank you for understanding!

How can I help?
All the woman power behind Swapapalooza is 100% accomplished by volunteers.  The four founders of this event each volunteer between 75 – 125 hours to make this event happen.  We do it because it’s fun and it allows us a chance to do something joyful for our community and spend time with people we enjoy.  Want to help out by volunteering the week of Swapapalooza?  Please send us your name and contact information, we can’t pull this event off without lots of help.

As additional incentive, volunteers have the opportunity to scour the racks after the event for items to take home – no tickets required.

What do I do if I have more questions?
Just email us.