Drop, Swap & Shop
Reduce your waste, contribute to the sharing economy and connect with your community at this cool event.
The next Drop, Swap & Shop is on April 26, 2020. Stay tuned for information on the Swap and other sustainability focused activities.
Join us at our biannual Drop, Swap & Shop event on Sunday, October 6!
Reduce your waste, contribute to the sharing economy, grab a bite from the Local Food Court and connect with your community.
Interested in getting involved in Drop, Swap & Shop? Volunteer!
Try swapping instead of shopping at our Swap Mall. Pass on things you don't use, like that funky purse that was just never "you," for things that are new-to-you, like kids clothing, hockey gear or even records.
Please note there is a maximum of 20 items, per person present. You must be present to drop off items; you cannot drop off items on someone else's behalf. You will be asked to bring additional items home. Please abide by these rules as they help us reduce waste made from this event and keep it fair for all attendees!
In order to reduce the amount of items leftover at the end of the swap, from 3-4pm all leftover items are yours to take, ticket or not.
How the Swap Mall works
For each item you drop off you will be given 1 ticket in return. If you bring 5 clothing items, 2 casserole dishes and 1 framed art piece, you will get 8 tickets in return. Each item dropped has equal value. All items must be gently used, clean, and functional.
You are not allowed to drop off items on someone else's behalf. You must be present to drop off items and pick-up tickets for the swap.
Please note that in order to reduce our waste after the event, we will be accepting a maximum 20 items per person. Thank you for helping us work towards our goal of a zero waste event.
- Baby Supplies: Clothes, shoes, blankets, bottles, dishes, toys, & accessories
- Children’s Clothing & Toys: casual wear, outerwear, shoes, accessories, clean & working toys (Please note we cannot accept stuffed animals or plush toys for health and safety reasons)
- Women’s Clothing & Accessories: casual wear, work wear, fancy dress, handbags, jewellery, shoes, suits, jackets, outerwear, athletic wear, jeans, t-shirts, blouses, dresses, skirts, shorts, rompers, dress pants, jumpsuits, hoodies, scarves, hats, vintage items, silk tops, high heels, ballet flats, running sneakers,
- Men’s Clothing & Accessories: casual wear, work wear, suits, dress shirts, t-shirts, jeans, zip-up hoodies, wallets, belts, ties, jewellery, athletic wear, bags, hats, & scarves
- Housewares & Art: dishes, fine china, utensils, small appliances like blenders, juicers, bread makers, linens, quilts, lamps, framed art, ceramics, craft supplies, tools, small furniture like coffee tables or chairs
- Media/Entertainment: DVDs, Blurays, video games, books, CDs, cassettes, vinyl records, art supplies, & instruments
- Sports & Recreational Equipment: hockey gear, ski equipment, tennis rackets, soccer balls, skates, golf clubs, nets, free weights, yoga mats, jump ropes, rollerblades, boxing gloves, skateboards, & camping/hiking gear.
We cannot take:
- Dirty, ripped or soiled clothing
- Items with pet hair
- Anything broken (missing buttons, cracked ceramics, etc.)
- Undergarments and swimsuits
- Products that expire (toiletries, cleaning products, food)
- Household chemicals
- Plush toys (Teddy bears, stuffed animals, etc.)
- Large appliances or large furniture
Drop off items in advance to save time and money on the day of the event.
We will be accepting advance drop-offs in BMO Atrium, in the Young Welcome Centre at Evergreen Brick Works, on the following dates before the event. We cannot accept drop-offs outside of these hours.
- Friday, October 4th from 4–7pm
- Saturday, October 5th from 10am-3pm
You are not allowed to drop off items on someone's behalf. You must be present at the drop-off to collect your own tickets.
Join in on these partner-led activities and learn more about how to reduce waste in fun and unique ways.
Bunz | Pay with BTZ
Come say “Hi!” to the Bunz Team, and pay for your admission with a brand new, easy-to-use digital currency, built from the ground up by Bunz - BTZ!
Bunz is a community where people meet everyday to trade things like clothing, furniture and art. Founded in the summer of 2013 by Emily Bitze as a secret Facebook group for trading things with her friends in Toronto. Today Bunz is a growing startup comprised of 20-something passionate and creative individuals, and remains headquartered in the city.
1 BTZ is equivalent to 1 CAD cent.
Effortless | Second-hand Clothing Shop
Closet purging and decluttering can be a life long battle. The Effortless team is here to make your life easier! Stop by to learn more about their program, and check out some of the lovely second-hand pieces they have for sale.
Effortless picks up your unwanted brand name clothing for free and sells it for you on their online shop, where you earn a percentage of the sale.
Delta Family Resource Centre | Free Clothing Repair
Got damaged clothing? Bring it on down and let the Delta Family Resource Centre repair it for you for free, while teaching you about clothing repair in the process!
Delta Family Resource Centre (DFRC) is a grassroots, non-profit, community-based agency which is committed to enhancing the potential of families and children by supporting and addressing identified needs. Providing a wide range of programs, services and activities that enhance individual skills and promotes well-being and healthy communities, Delta is known for strength in effective outreach, collaboration and strong program which meet identified community needs.
LIFT the bra project | Bra Donation Station
LIFT will be taking donations for new and gently worn bras. They will be cleaned and distributed to women's shelters and organizations across Toronto.
We don’t suppose that bras can change the world - but we do believe the support of a bra gives women the lift they need. People deserve to feel dignity and confidence, and bras can make a small but significant difference towards women feeling this way.
Free Geek Toronto | E-waste Collection Station
Free Geek Toronto will host an e-waste collection station, so bring your e-waste to their team to ensure that your e-waste is disposed responsibly, safely, and ethically!
The Free Geek movement started in Portland, Oregon in 2000, when one man started collecting cast-off computers in the corner of his dining room. He planned to fix them and give them to community members who could not afford to buy them. It quickly grew from a pile of 6 computers to 20,000 computers. Today, there are several independently run Free Geek organizations all over the U.S. and Canada.
Free Geek Toronto launched in 2009 in the Junction as a completely volunteer-run organization. In 2014, our offices moved to the heart of West Queen West and became an employment social enterprise. Today, they sell affordable low-cost computers running Open Source Software diverted from the landfill with the help of their staff and volunteers.
Gateway Bicycle Hub | Bike Station
Check-out the used bikes for sale and learn some new skills through a fun bike repair challenge!
With help from our expert bike mechanics, you’ll learn all about bike parts, their purpose and the power of the bicycle along the way! Gateway Bicycle Hub is a community project of Evergreen, the City of Toronto, The Neighbourhood Organization and Flemingdon Health Centre.
Repair Café Toronto | Children's Take Apart Table
Join Repair Café Toronto in the Children's Garden, where children are given the opportunity to try and take apart items that cannot be repaired to see what is inside, learn how they work, and try to put them back together again.
Repair Café Toronto is a grassroots, volunteer group that organizes events where neighbours help neighbours learn how to repair. Repair Café Toronto aims to build a more sustainable society and counter the throwaway mindset. Repair Café Toronto supports the model of the sharing economy through building a community where people with repair skills are valued and organizations collaborate and innovate for the common good.
Parents are asked to supervise their children.
Recycling Council of Ontario | Waste Reduction Week
Learn about the upcoming Waste Reduction Week and how you can do your part to reduce waste and your environmental impact.
Recycling Council of Ontario believes that society must minimize its impact on the environment by eliminating waste. To that end, their mission is to inform and educate all members of society about the generation of waste, the avoidance of waste, the more efficient use of resources and the benefits and/or consequences of these activities.
Dates & Times
Dates: October 6, 2019–October 6, 2019
- Friday, October 4th from 4–7pm
- Saturday, October 5th from 10am-3pm
Prices & Fees
Admission fee is $5 if you drop off items on the day of the event, $2 if you drop off items in advance.
If you wish to attend the event without dropping off items, the entry fee is $10 and you will receive 5 tickets.
Children under 12 are free.
Proceeds from this event go towards further community events at Evergreen Brick Works.
TD Future Cities Centre at Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8
This event is wheelchair-accessible.