Mega Clothing Swap

Sustainable Shopping for the Women of Tokyo.

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“Waste is a resource in the wrong place”

Pull out your wardrobe and decides what stays and what goes. The Mega Clothing Swap is an opportunity to swap clothing with a cause.

At each swap, we have a special host and guest speakers. Plus the money collected from entrance fees and the clothing that is left over get donated to good causes.

So let's get together, have a glass of wine or two and connect in real life.

To stay in touch and get all the updates about the new swap sign up to the Sarah Furuya Coaching Newsletter here. This is where you will receive the first information about the future swaps, things are changing as of Autumn 2019 and you will be the first to know!


Bring & Take

Bring the goods we no longer want or need, and take the goods we love.

We have clothes rails and full-length mirrors and will have tables set up to lay the clothes on.

  • We recycle and repurpose.

  • All Shapes and Sizes welcome! The more diversity the better the swapping!

  • BRING as much or as little as you want.

  • TAKE as much or as little as you want.

  • Bring nothing, take nothing, just join to have fun.

We will have a recycle BIN for your old and damaged clothes - that’s right - those yellow armpits, moth-eaten or bobbly clothes we can now deal with thanks to our new partner. So go ahead and fill a bag named “Gomi” or "waste in the wrong place.”


Chchchchchanges!

We are currently sourcing a new venue and deciding what the next iteration of the swap will be. Of course we will still be following the swap values of:

  • Creating Community and connection

  • Conscious Consumption

  • The Power of Women

  • Sustainable Shopping

  • Generosity and Giving Back

  • Spotlighting Conscious Creators

  • Unapologetic Style, Femininity, Body love and Sexiness

  • Kindness and confidence

  • Supporting Fast Fashion in their sustainability drives

One thing is for sure, there will be changes. The swap started 3 years ago after the amazing Amy Hanashiro offered us the guest lounge of the residence she worked at as part of their community engagement efforts. 4 times a year we took the lounge for the afternoon and had a most brilliant event that started with about 40 women and a few A4 printouts and ended up with 160+ women and their families and friends gathering together to celebrate style and to consume consciously.

This clearing out of the wardrobe every quarter has a massive impact on the way we consume and what we are wiling to put up with. All coaches know (for those of you who didn’t know, I am a life coach and executive coach - go to my ‘about’ page to find out more about my other life!) that decluttering helps all of us to be cleaner and clearer in our thoughts.

I say you are also UPGRADING. Upgrading your wardrobe by removing things that are ill-fitting, out of date or that were poor purchases is telling yourself you are worth more. And then carefully selecting the spoils of other people’s bits and pieces. One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. I take very very little from the swaps these days - pros always come away with more quality than they drop off.

I can tell you now that I have acquired goods from Vivienne Westwood, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Chloe, Camper, Birkenstock, as well as enough deodorant to last me 3-4 years, lots of nail polish, makeup and cosmetics. Some of my favourite items that I wear regularly are from swaps. It’s such a thrill to be using things that are great quality and that also came from someone else. And a thrill to see people picking up and taking quality goods that you have brought in.

I have also watched as friendships blossom and bloom and deals are made and businesses enjoy increased sales as a result of the swap. Giving access to people’s services and creating real actual value brings immense joy. Supporting local

So where do we go from here? Weeeeeellll, I am currently in the process of checking out venues and deciding on the size and culture of the swap. To keep up to date with what comes next and when the next swap will be sign up here to get on my mailing list and be the first to know of future events.

Image credit Tamara Bellis

Image credit Tamara Bellis


Thank you

To all our supporters and speakers over the past 3 years

Sorcha Chisholm music

Corinne Style Coach

Mary Fidler

Abi’s Journal

Kintsugi Emilia

Indy Bindy

Tracey Northcott Consulting

Resililience

TELL

Refugees International Japan

Ciclo.jp

Santa Soul Train

H&M

Amy Hanshiro

Biku Designs

Turquoise Port

Carmela Fleury

Melanie Uematsu

Kimono Sheila Cliffe

Sara Koller

Maud Janssen

Sarajean Rossitto

Jennifer Shinkai

Matthew Dons

Angela Ortiz

Paula Esguerra

I Quit Clutter

Jayne Nakata

The Baking Queen

Konishiki


Mega Swap Speakers June 2019

Mega Swap Speakers June 2019


Stay in Touch!

These events are posted on Sarah Furuya Coaching Facebook Page. Signup for our newsletter to receive announcements about the Mega Clothing Swap. This is proving to be a very popular event! You can also follow along here for updates about upcoming events. The next event will be in Autumn 2019 and you must be on the mailing list to be up to date with the developments.

Let’s see how many garments we can keep out of landfill and how much fun and connection we can have.