Swop Not Shop, Wrexham and Wales’ first monthly clothing exchange was a success on Saturday with over 125 participants, over 700 garments swapped and at least 1,000 items of stock ready for the next event. The exchange was opened by Ian Lucas MP with Wrexham Mayor, Rob Walsh also in attendance.


Wrexham Clothing Exchange Organiser, Sharon Rogers said of the event. “Swop Not Shop has been a success with people coming from as far as Bala, Shrewsbury and Chester to take part. As the event opened, we had a queue of people patiently waiting!”

Sharon added, “For some, the appeal was that they could get a whole wardrobe of clothes each month, for others it was about saving money and for the majority it was to help the environment, lower carbon emissions and reduce landfill. 700 items swapped means 700 less items in landfill and 700 less new items being manufactured.”

“Looking forward to the next one”

Sharon said, “Everyone I spoke to at the event was happy and told me that they wished an event like this had happened sooner. Our excellent volunteers had similar feedback and we are all looking forward to the next one on Saturday, November 9. If you would like to find out more just type Wrexham Clothing Exchange into Facebook or Twitter.”

Ms Rogers also said, “We have a lot of people to thank, first, our Volunteers, who all went the extra mile to make the event a success. Gareth Jones, Carl Turner, Pete Rogers and all at The Wrexham Enterprise Hub for their support as well as being our venue; Jenny Thomas of Renew Sewcials for her repair café; Abode Above, Off The Cuff, St Vincent’s and Sports Direct for the loan of clothing rails; Our friends at King Street Coffee Company and Bank Street Social Wrexham who kindly supported our first event by offering 50% off their hot drinks whilst swappers waited; Andrew Parker and AWP Services for their help with logistics; And finally, much thanks to Ian Lucas MP and Mayor Rob Walsh for opening our event. See you on the 9th November!”

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