Does Swapping Change People’s Shopping?

While working on the Create Connect Sustain research project with Sheffield Hallam University we spent some time gathering data on the various projects we’re involved in to see why people come along. In January 2014 we attended the Leeds Community Clothes Exchange, a project Antiform initiated in 2008 and ran from our studio for 4 years. Now in its 6th year, it’s run as a community enterprise by a dedicated team of volunteers at Leeds’ Woodhouse Community Centre.

Over the years we’ve used feedback from the event to help us understand better how people use their clothing. This time we asked a simple question: Has swapping changed your shopping?

Here are a few of the responses we received:

Antiform CreateConnectSustain LeedsClothesExchange

We are so pleased to hear how much the clothes exchange is offering the people of Leeds. The monthly event allows people in the local area to access clothing in a different way and we hope in the long term will help to build a more resilient community.

If you fancy giving swapping a go the next event is 28th March 2015 – keep up to date with when each monthly event is happening over at the Clothes Exchange facebook page.

For more information on the Create Connect Sustain Project please visit


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