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Find a fresh fit at The Biggest Clothing Swap in the Northwest

Keeping clothes out of the landfill, one trade at a time

Hundreds of people dig through bins at The Biggest Clothing Swap in the Northwest.

Crystal Ballroom hosts the event twice a year.

Photo by Beth Olson Creative

There are seven rules to The Biggest Clothing Swap in the Northwest.

  • Clothes must be clean.
  • They have to be wearable.
  • No holes or wear and tear are allowed.
  • Don’t even try bringing stinky items (you will be turned away).
  • Underwear, socks and hosiery, or bras are not accepted (unless they’re still in the original packaging).
  • Kids clothing will not be taken.

Now that’s out of the way, get ready to clean out your closet and furnish your wardrobe with some new/old fits. On Sunday, Sept. 17, 12-3 p.m., McMenamins Crystal Ballroom will host the fashionably sustainable event that draws hundreds of people looking for different duds.

How does it work?

You pay the $10 entry fee and show up with a bag of clothes (you’re welcome to bring multiple) that you’re ready to part with. Then, start perusing the bins organized across two levels. On the third floor, garments will be sorted into non-binary containers, with separate areas for shoes and accessories. Lola’s Room on the second floor will feature a plus-size swap sponsored by Chub Hub. Oh, and there’s a bar.

If you don’t have a bag of clothes to contribute, you can still participate by purchasing an empty sack for $5.

Other things to know

Have a friend whose style makes you green with envy? Invite them, maybe they’ll bring that dress you’ve been eyeing. Throughout the day DJ Gregarious will lay down the shopping soundtrack. All ages are welcome, but organizers encourage leaving small children at home.