But rather than heading out to Seoul’s shopping districts to load up on expensive new fashion items, why not give your wallet a break and browse the gently used pieces up for grabs at Shop and Swap?
Hosted by Yvette Cruz of District Gal, this event gives you the chance to swap or sell your like-new, secondhand outfits and accessories, and/or browse what others have to offer. Don't have anything to swap? Drop by, meet and mingle with some new friends!
Following the success of a similar event earlier this summer in Haebangchon, the next Shop and Swap will be held on Monday, August 29 at Little Baja in Itaewon.
Seoul Searching talked to Yvette to get the deets of the event. Check out the interview below.
What brought you to Korea, and what do you do now?
Six years ago I came to Korea to explore a new culture, teach and travel. I didn’t expect there would be any connection to my professional background in fashion, but then I discovered Korean fashion. Since then I started DistrictGal and have been working as a fashion pioneer. It has been an interesting adventure!
Tell us about your blog.
My blog, District Gal, is where I share my personal style, street styles, fashion tips and the chic, interesting looks in popular fashion districts.
What is Swap and Shop?
The Shop and Swap event is a chance for both men and women to bring like-new or gently used clothing to sell or swap with others. It's a great way to find some “new-to-you” items for your wardrobe while participating in the eco-friendly fashion movement!
Why did you start the swap and shop event?
Not only are these events much needed in Seoul due to the fact that foreigner-friendly sizes aren’t always the easiest to find in Korea, but eco-fashion is also an aspect I would like recognized on the DistrictGal platform. This concept is based on recycling and reusing clothing that already exists. The shop and swap event was created to promote and share DGal ideology, and start a community of like-minded people.
What kinds of items can people find at the event?
They can find tops, skirts, pants, t-shirts, dresses, jewelry, and seasonal pieces that are like-new, which can be swapped or bought from others.
How do people get tickets to the event?
People can RSVP on the event page on Facebook, and pay the 5,000 won cover fee in cash at the door.
How can people reserve a vendor space?
If anyone has a lot of items (a suitcase/giant bag/box full of stuff) to sell or swap, they can contact me about reserving a space to set up and display their pieces.
Date: Monday, August 29, 2016
Admission: 5,000 won
Location: Little Baja
Address: 549 Itaewon 2-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (용산구 이태원 2동 549)
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Words by Mimsie Ladner of Seoul Searching. Photos courtesy of Yvette Cruz. Content may not be reproduced unless authorized.