Here is Wikipedia's take on Swishing...
Swishing originally referred to swopping an item or items of clothing or shoes or an accessory with a friend or acquaintance. Both parties must willingly give an item to participate in the transaction, once they have given an item they are free to choose something of interest. Swishing has recently grown in popularity and often you will find yourself choosing an item given by a complete stranger but that is part of the fun.
It has become the way to keep fashionable, up-cycle your wardrobe, without spending money and having fun at the same time. Not just money saving though, swishing and swopping has become popular for other reasons. It is a great way of fundraising. You can hold swishing parties as to raise money for charity. If you are interested in organising your own swishing party, you can download some handy party packs from the BBC.
But also its about ethics, raising awareness about the downside of the textile industry. Re-dress, a one stop shop for sustainable fashion, organised a National Swop Day as part of their Fashion Evolution event in Dublin in May 2009. (Read more on that here).
So whether you want to Swish or Swop for ethical, monetary reaons or just plain fun, here is a list of dedicated Swishing/Swopping venue's around the country. If you know of any others, or are running an event please, let us know an we will add it to the list.
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Event: Swop Idol
Address: 4 South Great George’s Street
Date: Every Saturday
Time:From12pm until 4pm.
Address:Crow Street Bazaar, 7 Crow Street, Dublin 2.
Date: Open Tues-Sat
Contact: Swopshop Bebo Facebook
Event: Stitch or Switch (Swap Shop)
Address: Washington Street, Cork
Event: The Frock Exchange
Venue: Peacock and Ruby (upstairs)
Address: 12-14 Market Parade, Patrick Street