The Isle of Man's biggest Swap Shop

Minna Perup
August 7, 2023

We are excited to announce the opening of the Isle of Man's Biggest Swap Shop, taking place from the 25th to 28th August at the Strand Street Shopping Centre! This four-day pop-up event aims to revolutionise the way we think about fashion, sustainability, and charity.

In a world where the cost of living is skyrocketing, buying new clothing has become a luxury for many. We believe that everyone deserves to feel confident and happy in what they wear. Our mission is simple: to provide a low-cost and sustainable way for you to refresh your wardrobe while supporting a charitable cause.

Charity of choice

The Huruma Orphans

Proceeds from the Swap Shop will go towards supporting The Huruma Orphanage in Tanzania. The Huruma Orphanage was set up in 2012 and looks after children between the ages of 4 and 17. Most have been orphaned following the death of one or both parents, often as a result of aids or other life-threatening illness. The orphanage takes in these children and provides basic education, vocational training and a safe place to live. They also help the children to integrate back into society and to find work when they are old enough to do so. By participating in this unique event, you not only enhance your style but also contribute to the well-being and education of children in need.

How does it work?

The concept behind the Swap Shop is easy and inclusive. You can either bring your pre-loved clothes to exchange with others or simply browse and make a donation. For those who prefer to shop, each clothing rail will display a suggested donation amount, and we kindly ask you to contribute at least the displayed amount to support the orphanage.

If you wish to swap your clothes, bring the items you'd like to donate to the Swap Shop, and we'll reward you with two tokens (equivalent to £2) for each piece, up to a maximum of 14 tokens. These tokens can then be used to acquire new clothes from the shop. For some items, you may only need to add a small contribution to make it yours!

Want to swap or donate?

We welcome various clothing items for women, men and children, jewellery, accessories, shoes, and swimwear in good condition. Please ensure that the items you donate are clean and in a condition that you would wear yourself. Unfortunately, we cannot accept damaged, faded, or bad smelling clothing, and for hygiene reasons, we are unable to accept underwear.

Get an extra token!

To make this event a resounding success, we need your help in spreading the word. If you share your Swap Shop experience on social media using the hashtag #swapshopiom, we'll reward you with an extra token to use in-store. Simply speak to one of our staff members in-store to claim your token.

Please note that we will not be offering refunds and so monetary reimbursements are not possible, as all funds generated from the Swap Shop go directly to supporting The Huruma Orphanage. All surplus clothing remaining after the Swap Shop event will be donated and distributed among various charities across the Isle of Man.

Join us from the 25th to 28th August at the Strand Street Shopping Centre for a shopping experience that benefits both your style and the lives of others. Together, let's make a positive impact on the communities further afield.

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