On September 19th Works-in-Progress will be transforming Mount Pleasant/Davisville front yards into back-to-school clothing swap stores. Spread out over a few blocks the sale will be united by a map so swappers can easily find the yard offering the size they are looking for. Visually, host yards will be decorated with beautiful signs, bunting and children's clothing. Works-in-Progress will provide our famous up-cycled t-shirt bags for people to bring home their spoils (see photo below) It is $5 to fill a bag (or best offer) and the money goes to cover costs for the swap. Swap poster created by local Works-in-Progress artist Treya Beaulieu We encourage shoppers and hosts to maintain 6ft distance, wear masks, use hand sanitizer before and after shopping and fill a bag with some new to you clothes.
As you can see from the photos above, we have organized a number of swaps in Toronto and with all our kids growing over the summer, there is a need for a (revised) back-to-school 2020 edition.
If you live in the area and/or are interested in hosting, volunteering or donating gently used (and clean!) children's clothing, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (even better) fill out the form at this link. Of course, you are welcome just to drop by as well. We can also help you run your own swap in your neighbourhood.
Please come out on the 19th of September, the swap is open from 11-2pm. There is a map below with all our shops. The legend tells you where to go to shop for your size, or where to drop off your (clean, gently used) donations... please put them in a bag labelled with the size and drop at that location, before you shop. The shops will be open from 11-2pm on Saturday September 19 (with Sunday as a rain date)
We still have space for hosts if you want to help with a location and donations accepted on the day Please fill out the form below if you want to help, and please contact us with any questions. We have added a list of FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) below the form. Here is a basic one:
Q. HOW DOES A SWAP WORK? The goals of a children's clothing swap are to reduce textile waste -- save money -- do something useful in the neighbourhood. Here's how it works -- If you want to host a swap site -- Sign up. If you have a yard or driveway, you can even host a swap without running it on the day. If you don't have a yard or driveway, you can still run a site. Day before the swap (or morning of) -- Bring outgrown/surplus clothes to the swap sites -- clean clothes, sorted by size, in good shape, children's sizes up to men/women's small (equivalent to boys/girls 14-16) On swap day -- Tour the swap sites -- pick up clothes that are new-to-you -- chat with neighbours on a nice fall day We ask everyone wear masks while shopping. Bags and clothes will be laid out and there is no need to be close. Use hand sanitizer before and after handling clothes and wash everything you bring home. After the swap -- If you are a host, collect any remaining clothes into a box or bag -- WIP will take them away for you.
Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. Does it cost money? We are selling bags to support the cost of the swap for $5 or best offer (including free). You then fill up the bag with clothes wherever you shop. No individual prices, and the object is to find new homes for ALL the clothes, so don't be shy. You can also bring your own bags to fill if you prefer.
Q. Can we donate adult clothes? No. Only children's clothes, up to men/women's small (equivalent to boys/girls 14-16)
Q. Can we donate games/books/ household items No. However, if you are hosting you can chose to put out games etc. to give away, but you must keep anything that does not get taken.
Q. Can we donate other textiles like we do for Bag2School drives? No. This one is just for families to give to other families (so wearable clothes in good condition only).
Q. I live in an apartment- can I still host? Yes. You can partner with someone with a yard, we can help to connect you.
Q. I live outside the neighbourhood- can I still host? Yes. You can partner with someone with a yard, we can help to connect you.
Q. I have a driveway/yard and would like to help, but I don't want to run the swap- can you use the driveway without me? Yes. We have parents willing to run the swap on the day who do not have a yard themselves.
Q. What are the safety protocols? We ask everyone to wear masks while shopping. Bags and clothes will be laid out and there is no need to be close. Use hand sanitizer before and after handling clothes.
Q. What are benefits/responsibilities of hosts? Benefits: People bring you donations of clothes in your child's size and you have first dibs on choosing what you want. Fun to see people and good karma. Responsibilities: Need to set up and maintain site from 10am-3pm on swap day. Works-in-Progress will bring signs, bags, maps and support if you need a break. Bring hand sanitizer for yourself and shoppers.
Q. What are benefits /responsibilities of yard hosts? Benefits: Mostly good karma, helping the earth, that sort of thing. Raising neighbourhood up. Responsibilities: If possible, collect donated clothes on porch or covered area the night before, WIP volunteers will collect after the swap, either that night or on Sunday.
Q. Why are you organizing a swap? With a little bit of work we can all benefit greatly from both finding a new home for our old items and by giving old items a new home. We avoid waste and enrich ourselves, and it costs nothing but some time and effort.
Q: Why is Works-in-Progress organizing this swap? We are an eco-art collective, which means some members are inspired to make things from waste (up-cycle) and all of us want to reduce waste and save money by sharing rather than throwing these clothes out and buying new ones.
Q: What's the difference between this and a regular neighbourhood yard sale? Each yard will have only one type of item (children's clothes in one size) and nothing is for sale
Q: How do I donate? Drop off (clean, sorted, and labelled) clothes at the host house the night before or the morning of the swap. If you cannot drop donations off on these days and must do so earlier in the week, please contact email@example.com
Q: How do I sign up to host/offer my driveway? Sign up using this form here: (Link), or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Where will my kid's sizes be located? Check the map! It will be continue to be updated over the week as people continue to sign up to host. Each size will only be at one or two sites. We will have paper copies of the map at the yards.
Q: What area are the swaps in? The swaps are on either side of June Rowlands Park (Mt. Pleasant and Davisville). The first is between Mt. Pleasant and Forman Ave. on both Balliol st. and Davisville ave. The second is between Davisville and Mannor rd, and Mt.Pleasant and Young.
Q: How long does it talk to walk? Or do we have to drive? All places are walking distance. If you do drive, there is street parking most areas, and is all walking distance from Davisville station on the TTC.
Q: Is there a rain date? Yes, Sunday, September 20 (The next day), but we really hope it does not rain. Yard Hosts will keep their clothes on their porches or in covered areas, if this is not possible contact WIP at email@example.com.
Q: How do I find the swaps? Check the map! It will be continue to be updated online over the week as people continue to sign up to host. Each size will only be at one or two sites. We will have paper copies at the yards.
Q: Will all the swap locations have multiple sizes? No, each site will only have one size, from multiple donors. More selection of the size you want.
Q. What do you do with anything leftover? Works-in-Progress volunteers will collect leftovers after the swap or the next day. We will either use donations for art projects, donate them or keep for future swap events. Nothing will be thrown away.
ANY MORE QUESTIONS? please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you within the day.