- Montreal's Schwap Club is waiving its fee for one weekend only next month, meaning you can update your wardrobe free of charge.
- Conditions apply, so be sure to read the rules before showing up!
- You can reserve a time slot online!
If your wardrobe is looking a little drab or you want to change things up a bit but don't have the cash for a shopping trip, you need to hit this year's Shwap Club pop-up store. In collaboration with the Zero Waste Festival, Shwap Club is holding a three-day shopping experience where you can exchange the clothes you're tired of with someone else's. Think of it as a 100% free shopping trip that helps you clean out your closet too. Marie Kondo would be proud.
Yes, the Shwap Club exists all year round. But from November 8-10 the shop is waiving its usual $16 visit fee. You could literally walk away with a bag of clothes, update your wardrobe, and pride yourself on your frugal and ecological lifestyle without spending a penny.
Here's how it works. Comb your closet for three pieces (maximum) of clothing you'd like to get rid of. Each item has to be great condition, on-trend, and have been purchased in the last three years. It's really about quality pieces.
Your pieces will be inspected and for every piece of clothing that meets the criteria, you get to chose a piece from the store.
This event takes place at Marché Bonsecours Friday evening, and Saturday and Sunday all day long. They will be accepting walk-ins if the store isn't too busy, but why chance it? You can grab free tickets and register for a time slot here.
The shop is accepting and exchanging women's clothing, shoes and bags. They will also have a small section for men and clothes for kids from infants up to five years old.
There won't be any change rooms but if you absolutely must try before you buy, it's recommended to wear something you can easily throw clothes on top of like leggings or a camisole.
Take note, once the clothing pieces you want to exchange have been approved, you can't take them back. So be comfortable saying goodbye.
Some of the items that are not accepted include items like undergarments or PJs, jewelry or basic T-shirts.
If you can't make it to the pop-up, you can still visit Shwap Club at the Saint-Henri location but there is the aforementioned $16 one-time visit or $90 annual membership fee.
One of the perks of shopping at the regular store is access to six changing rooms and a much higher twenty-piece maximum exchange.
But either way, this is a great chance to test out a clothing swap and see if it works for you.
Go early, go late! New pieces will be added throughout the pop-up weekend so you don't have to worry about being the first one to arrive.
Exchange Your Clothes For Free At The Shwap Club Pop-Up
When: November 8-10
Where: 360 Rue du Marché Bonsecours; Festival Zéro Déchet