Life hack: go to a swap party to exchange unnecessary things for new ones

If things have accumulated in your house that you no longer use, the closet is full of clothes, it's time to go to the swap party. What are swap parties and where do they go? Now we will tell.

A swap party (from English swa24 - "change") is a meeting of like-minded people in a pleasant atmosphere. At the same time, participants exchange a variety of things: from clothes and jewelry to books, plates, kitchen utensils and even furniture. All this happens to pleasant music, accompanied by light snacks and watching a movie.

Swap parties are not a second-hand branch, but a cultural event. And most importantly, all things are exchanged for free.

Life hack: go to a swap party to exchange unnecessary things for new ones

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The organizers and participants of the swap parties has its own philosophy. For them, such meetings are not just an easy way to find stylish and interesting things, but also a way to preserve nature, the opportunity to donate unnecessary things for recycling or charity.

If there are symbols of informed consumption, then swap parties are just one of them.

Life hack: go to a swap party to exchange unnecessary things for new ones

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The swap party can to go anywhere: in a fashionable loft or in someone’s apartment, in the format of a large event or a cozy home party. Somewhere the entrance to the event is free, somewhere they ask to pay a nominal fee, which most often goes to organizational expenses and charity.

There are several formats for holding a swap party :

  • free-market , when participants hang up or leave things in boxes, and then freely choose what you like.

    Sometimes for each thing brought a special ticket is issued, which is then changed to the items you like;

  • personal exchange, based on the principle "you to me - I tell you" between two participants;
  • auction , when things are not just exchanged, but before that they are presented at the microphone, they tell a brief history of the lot, then give it to the one who was first interested.

Life hack: go to a swap party to exchange unnecessary things for new ones

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Swaps were still in mid XX century - in the USA and Great Britain. After World War II, most of the population could not afford to buy new clothes. In those days, the exchange of things was not fashionable, but rather a shameful, forced occupation.

You could participate in the swap meeting anonymously.

Swap parties, as we know them now, first appeared in the 90s. Nevertheless, swaps for Russia are a new event. Such parties take place in Moscow for only five years. But the swap movement is gaining momentum not only in the capital.

Similar parties are successfully held in other cities: Kazan, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Saratov, Ryazan, Krasnodar, Orenburg, Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok ...

Life hack: go to a swap party to exchange unnecessary things for new ones

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Most swap parties pass irregularly, information about them needs to be searched on the Web.

Here are some interesting swaps on which you can exchange a variety of things.

  • Gop Swap . Perhaps one of the few regular swap parties in Moscow. Events take place on Sundays. Everything changes here: from casual clothes to tracksuits and even kitchen utensils.

    Each event is thematic, on August 11 there will be a swap, where it will be possible to exchange interior items.

  • BigSportSwap specializes exclusively in sports-style items and sports equipment. The swap party was held in Moscow on July 20 with the support of Gop Swap and the FITMOST fitness service.
  • Book Swap . At this event, you can not only exchange books, but also take part in discussions with critics, literary critics and editors.

    Recently, a swap party has been held at the ZIL Cultural Center.

  • "Moskhozsvop" - swap party, which takes place on the basis of "Lancheria" once every few weeks. Here you can exchange kitchen utensils, home furnishings and household appliances.
  • SWAP GALA - the oldest swap in Moscow, which is conducted by film critic The Village Alisa Tayozhnaya. At this event, you can exchange women's clothing and jewelry, cosmetics, perfumes, books and household goods.

  • "Moscow-wide male swap" is one of the few men's parties in this format. This event is not often held, the latter took place in March 2019. It was possible to exchange men's clothing and accessories, perfumes, books and musical instruments.
  • “Coup” is a swap party where both men and women can exchange clothes and accessories. In Moscow, the “Coup” takes place approximately once a quarter.

    The next event is scheduled for September.

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