Oxjam Clothes Swap
- Kirstin Innes
- 18 October 2007
Swapping all over the world
Oxjam Clothes Swap, Buff Club, Glasgow, Tue 30 Oct, 8pm.
Ah, remember back in the gilded past of our youth, when nobody spat in the street, and putting on a fundraising event was a simple matter of arranging a few bin bags of mouldering jumpers on a trestle table in a church hall? No more, no more. The modern charity fundraiser is executed with near-military precision and wears its hipster credentials like medals, and Glasgow store Pistol Whip Vintage’s latest event – a clothes swap and gig – as part of Oxjam is packing some serious metalwork. ‘This is NOT a jumble sale,’ says organiser Rachel Graham.
‘Everyone brings with them ironed, clean unwanted clothing, footwear and accessories that they have grown tired of but that are still in good wearable condition, and exchange them for coloured tickets. While everyone’s watching the bands, we sort the clothes into cheap, mid-range and expensive/designer sections, so if you bring two Topshop skirts and one Chanel handbag (here’s hoping!), you’ll get two pink tickets and one blue to exchange.’ In addition to the bands – a thoroughly impressive line up of Latonic, The Clicks and Delta Audio Club – spontaneous entertainment might happen if two swappers get into an argument over a nice pair of trousers. ‘The rule is, if two people want the same thing, a game will be played and the winner takes the clothing home,’ Graham says. Stalls selling CDs, accessories, and jewellery by local designers We Are The Robots will also be on hand, all giving a percentage of monies made to Oxfam. Check out the Pistol Whip (www.pistolwhipvintage.com) site for full details – actually, if you’re at all interested in vintage clothes, you should probably check it out anyway.