If you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe this summer but are on a budget, look no further than Swap ‘n’ shop, located above Butterfly Interiors on Dublin Street.
There are bargains galore to be found, from everyday clothes to designer wear, and the best part? Proceeds go to charity, and this year, the Longford Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LSPCA) will be the beneficiaries.
When the Leader called by last Wednesday, Sharon Devlin (of Cherche La Femme) as well as Meán Scoil Mhuire students Tiffany Hunt and Jade Gill and past pupil Caitlin Gray had donned some of the shop’s wares to demonstrate the quality buys up for grabs.
Explaining how the idea came about, Tiffany revealed that Sharon had visited their LCVP class in Scoil Mhuire, invited by teacher Mrs Butler.
“Sharon mentioned about the Swap ‘n’ Shop and my friend and I, Patricia Gervasoni, we both decided to help get it started. We were kind of planning it for a while and we decided that it would be for charity and then Jade and Caitlin joined in.”
For the girls, it has been an ‘enlightening’ experience and a unique insight into the world of business.
“There’s a lot more work involved than you think,” Jade admitted. “It’s kind of eye-opening to the world of work. It’s good work experience as well.”
All the items for sale have been donated and are colour coded (yellow, green, blue and red) in terms of price. There are a few small rules to keep in mind while shopping.
A maximum of three swaps are allowed per visit, but you can purchase as much as you like. You must stick to the colour system when swapping (ie, red for red, yellow for yellow etc) and all items donated must be of good quality, clean and untorn. The acceptance of any item is at the store's discretion.
Thanking the girls for their time and dedication, as well as Barbara from Butterfly Interiors, who donated the room, Sharon revealed their plans for the shop in the coming months.
“We’ll run it for the summer and then when the girls go back to school we’ll probably leave it then and pop up again at Hallowe’en and then we might pop up again at Christmas.
“We had planned as well on hopefully doing a grad dress shop, where we would take in second hand grad dresses and sell them for people.”
Anyone who would like to donate clothes can drop items into the shop or to Sharon at Cherche La Femme.
To see some of the bargains on offer, follow the shop on Facebook (Swap ‘n’ Shop), Snapchat (swapnshopld) or Instagram (swapnshop_longford).