A few months ago I attended my very first clothes swap. It was by accident that I came upon it when I told a friend I would help her out on a vintage fashion show.
On arrival to the day I handed in my items to swap and was given 6 tokens (the amount of clothes i brought) to use to get my new finds from the swap. After the Vintage Fashion show, as I perused around the stalls I noticed a big room full of endless racks of clothes and piles of bags, shoes and jewellery. A rummage’s dream!
They lined up all the racks, holding back the hungry woman as they eyed up the clothes and each other. Then upon a count down they let us at them. Woman literally ran to the racks and ripped clothes off them. It is a sight of madness that made me laugh from the hilarity of it all and a smidgen of fear. I did however get some a lovely pair of shoes, a dress and ring (also some panic grabs that will go in the next swap i go to) .
This event is run by Daisy Green Events who specialise in eco-friendly event management. Not only are they commissioned to do other organisations events, but they also run their own eco-friendly events regularly all over the country. One being the big swap, vintage and recycled fashion shows and more recently the designer clothes sale, which I happened to go to last night.
I was lucky enough to score a dress worth £129 for a total of £5, but I was not the only one. The idea behind the event is that they have a number of designer clothes that were not bought in the sales which were going to be put into the land fill. But instead of them going to waste Daisy Green has rescued them and are selling them for £5 each at these events.
It was a fantastic night as me and my house mate hopped around grabbing dresses and trying them on. It felt like I was a child playing dress ups in mum’s wardrobe. I was sold on a green dotted tea dress that was inspired by the 1940’s. After putting it on I felt like I could be standing by the front door waiting for my hubby to be come home from war.
When chatting to Nicola Alexander (one of the creators of Daisy Green) after the event I gushed to her about how much I love the Company and it’s ideas and that if she ever wanted to start a branch in Australia that I would be happy to help. To my surprise she was actually interested in the idea which got me very inspired. I could co-ordinate similar events in Australia, while writing for their online magazine all under the Daisy Green Name. Wouldn’t that be brilliant!
My thoughts developed into a little Aussie empire, combining daisy green events, an Aussie burlesque group (who could perform for some of the events) and the boulevard rouge boutique (which I could advertise on the online mag oh and my burlesque group could use clothes from the hire range).
I have also been inspired by a few other things I have seen lately. I saw an advertisement in a shop for a personal stylist that attires you in vintage clothes and cleans out everything from your wardrobe that just isn’t up to scratch. I like this idea, however I would build on it. For example they were charging £80 for an hour consultation which I find a bit pricey for starters. I would charge a fee but out of that fee they could claim it back in items from our boutique. Also we could alter existing clothes they have in their wardrobe.
For you see I have decided somewhere in my boutique we would have a work room that could be open to the public (upon booking a time slot) full of sewing machines and cutting tables. They could also purchase ribbons and buttons and fabric all of our own design (somewhat like kath kidson) to use in their projects. It would also be great to host workshops in this space.
I would also like to use daisy green (aus) online mag to promote local businesses and artists for their upcoming events or new ranges. Also offering competitions, available jobs and special offers.
So you see I have been very busy in my head. Now to put it into action.