Last week, I had the pleasure of being a media guest at the Atlanta Swapnista Party, which was cosponsored by Pretty Girls Rock Dresses, a movement I support and has had me way more conscious of being girly girl. The premise behind the event is to take your gently used (or still new–you know some of us still have clothes with the tags on buried in the closet) and swap them out. I mean, why not? You never know what you can find. When you get done with an item, forward it to someone who may love it as much as you once did.
When I walked through the door, I finally met in person the infamously dress-wearing Dearroka. Then. I. Lost. My. Mind. Within 30 minutes, I had completely raided half of the black-owned stores that were vendors set up in this very cute Castleberry Hill space. First, I bought some ultra amazing beaded hoops from Nappy Rutz similar to these.
Then I walked to the next booth and bumped into some old friends that I hadn’t seen in years! What a pleasant rendezvous! (Hope your birthday was fabulous, Leah!!)
Back to the booth (since these ladies got some goodies, but didn’t quite lose their minds–I think because they knew what to expect and had already set a budget), I found these awesome clutches from Cupcake Diva Handbags. So very cute. I made myself choose though. And y’all know me. As much I love quirky, I love vintage even more, so I chose the 1940s clutch that I can not WAIT to show off.
Then, I made my way over to another booth, Funky Flair Boutique, and was told that everything on the rack was 50% off. What did she tell me that for? I ended up with 3 garments and a pair of earrings from there. Here’s one. I can’t wait to rock this somewhere. Hot mama!
After that, I headed upstairs because I just couldn’t even tempt myself at any more booths. For a full listing of the vendors, click on the Swapnista flyer at the beginning of this post. LOTS of great stuff. Upstairs, there was a makeup artist and masseuse giving free pamper sessions. Oh yeah, and I can’t forget the mimosas. Yum. Who can resist an innocent light libation on a beautiful afternoon? Finally, the moment we were all waiting for–the fashion show and swap session.
Now, I had no idea that WE were the fashion show. Luckily, before I left the house, I thought, “Self, if you’re going to a fashion event, you should make sure you’re fashionable.” Besides, I knew I’d see Dearroka, so I wanted to make sure I had on a dress! Who won the fashion show? You got it! Me! I’ll give part of the credit to that model walk I learned in 10th grade after I finally learned how to wear heels in time to participate in my first pageant. 😉
::update:: Here are more pics from the event!
Guess what I won! A gift package from Carson Bryce Trading Company, another vendor that I wanted to visit but was worried I wouldn’t have any self control. I LOVE my sugar scrub and soap. They smell soooo wonderful.
After that was the actual swap. People were called by the number on their wrist band, and they went upstairs and searched through the racks for clothing and handbags they wanted to take with them. Everyone seemed pretty happy with their selections.
Overall, this was a wonderful daytime spring event. I met new people, found some new businesses to stalk (and add to my Black Entrepreneurs list over there on the right side of the page – yes go look at it!), saw some old friends, spent a little cash, and strutted my stuff on the impromptu catwalk. I highly encourage you to check out the next Swapnista Party! You won’t regret it!
10 thoughts on “Fashion Forwarding”
Wow!!! That was cool. I hate I didn’t know about it or I would have been there. How often do they have this and when is the next one???
It was great! There will be one in the fall. Ill make sure to post a flyer on here.
What an awesome review of our event!! Our Swapnista planning team, is so glad that you were able to come out and enjoy the experience. The Fall edition is coming soon, so I hope you will be ready to trade in those haute peep toe booties!!!
Lol! I can’t wait till the next event!! Ill have to pray about swapping my shoes!!
Hey buddy. I hope you are doing well and that you are still an active Toastmasters member. Now that I’ve transitioned to Maryland I’m focused on my art. I love your article. Very DIVAlicous! (lol). Today, more that ever, it is alright to be frugal and sexy at the same time. New doesn’t mean better and used doesn’t mean bad. 80% of my art work is derived from used, discarded items. Keep up the great work. I look forward to reading your next entry.
Derrick Douglass :: ChiefRemixOlogist :: ThriftStoreRemix
Yep I’m still in toastmasters. Yay on ur move! I hope u enjoy it up there! Thanks for the comment!
I have a few pics of you from the event here:
And yes, the shoes were fabulous!
Thanks for the link and the compliment!!
It was so great to see you at the Swapnista! Love your blog!!