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Visa Swap UK

No.1 The Piazza, Covent Garden , 21 June - 20 July 2008

Written by Melinda Neunie

Last weekend was the official launch of the 2008 UK Visa Swap campaign. Now in its second year, the idea behind Visa Swap is that people take unwanted clothing and accessories to designated drop off points in Covent Garden. In exchange you receive a nifty little Visa Swap card loaded with points that coincide with your donation. The more exclusive or unique the pieces that you drop of, the more points you receive. So a high-end designer frock will earn you around 700 points while a high high-street skirt will get you about 40. At the end of the three-week drop off period, all donators are invited back to spend their points in a huge two day fashion swapping event in Covent Garden.

This might sound a little bit sad, but Being both immensely strapped for cash and a little bit of a hoarder, I’m actually really looking forward to this. The prospect of potentially updating my wardrobe for nothing sounds extremely appealing to me right now, particularly because, believe it or not, I still have a load of clothes knocking around from when I was around 16. A good 7 years later and several inches larger, I’ve finally come to terms with the unfortunate fact that there are certain items that I simply can no longer get away with – a pair of stretch cotton, metallic purple trousers comes to mind here. While I’m not exactly sure what I was thinking when I purchased them it’s likely some uba trendy, fashion forward creative could put them to good use!

I missed last weekends drop off, but I plan to have a good rummage through my chest of fashion no no’s in time for the next one, this weekend. If anyone plans to join me, have a lookout for my metallic bottoms, and Ill keep you informed on what I manage to buy in a couple of weeks time!


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One Response to “Visa Swap UK”

  1. Abi says:

    I really like your writing style, you’ve really made me want to get involved- I’ll look out for your trousers when I drop my clothes off.

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