Drop, Swap & Shop
Reduce your waste, contribute to the sharing economy and connect with your community at this cool event.
Join us at our biannual Drop, Swap & Shop event on Sunday, April 14!
Reduce your waste, contribute to the sharing economy, grab a bite from the Local Food Court and connect with your community.
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!
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 FIDO Classroom, 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, April 12 from 4–7pm
- Saturday, April 13 from 10am-3pm
- Sunday, April 14 (day of the event) from 10am-3pm
You are also not allowed to drop off items on someone's behalf. You must be present at the drop-off to collect your own tickets.
This spring, we are excited to welcome more partners than ever to Drop, Swap & Shop! 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.
bare market | Refill Station & Pop-Up Shop
BYOC (container) and fill up on a variety of package-free, affordable and locally sourced body, home care and DIY products with bare market.
bare market holds pop-up shops all over the city, stocked with a variety of items including bulk make-up (foundation, blush, eye shadow, etc.), shampoo, conditioner, all-purpose spray, dish soap, pet shampoo, air freshener, soap nuts, beeswax beads, jojoba oil and re-usable items like dryer balls, non-plastic pot scrubbers, dusters, straws, razors, food baggies, toothbrushes...and so much more! Looking for something specific? Check out their website for a full list of products and how to shop bare.
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.
K STAR | Consignment Clothing Shop
Didn't find your dream swap item at the Swap Mall? Check out K*STAR's amazing consignment pieces for sale!
Korey from K*STAR is an 18-year fashion industry veteran who will be bringing gorgeous previously-owned pieces for sale. She will also be running a consignment designer dress drop-off program if you'd like to make a bit of money for the summer season. Make sure you check out her amazing pieces for sale if you can't find your dream swap item at our swap mall!
Repairathon Toronto | Clothing Repair
Stop by to get an article of clothing repaired, or ask one of Repairathon's lovely volunteers for some sewing tips and tricks so that you can maintain and repair your clothing the DIY way!
Repairathon is all about reducing waste and keeping clothing out of the garbage by reminding people to value their clothing. Have a favourite shirt missing a button? Maybe you have a tear in that awesome jacket that you just can’t part with. Repairathon is here to make your dreams come true!
This activity is on from 10am-1pm.
Repair Café Toronto | Mini Repair Café
Repair Café Toronto will be hosting a Mini Repair Café, where volunteer “fixers” will help visitors learn how to fix small appliances, home electronics, and housewares.
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.
This activity is on from 12-3pm.
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.
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.
Red Propeller | VHS and Car Seat Recycling Station
Red Propeller & Project Get Reel will be hosting a VHS and car seat collection station, so bring any unwanted VHS and car seats and learn about how, through dismantling un-recyclable objects, much of it can be recovered for recycling.
Red Propeller's mission is to divert unwanted and neglected (but recyclable) materials from landfill and to provide sustainable employment to those with physical, mental or social barriers by recovering, recycling and repurposing the materials.
DX Kids Days | Upcycling Workshop
Help combat the environmental impact of waste materials by creating a beautifully biodegradable new product at DX Kids Days hands-on upcycling workshop.
This activity is on from 1-4pm.
Live Green Toronto | Education Station
Stop by Live Green Toronto's booth to learn more about the great things they do to make our city greener.
Live Green Toronto delivers programs, grants, incentives, and resources to engage the community in helping to #TransformTO and accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Together, they aim to make Toronto one of the greenest cities in the world.
Join us for a panel discussion on The Rise of the Low Waste Lifestyle from 1:30– 2:30pm.
Dayna Stein is the founder of bare market - Toronto's one-stop shop for package-free goods. Dayna has a Bachelor of Science in sustainable food systems and food security and a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. Prior to starting bare market, Dayna was a consultant working with clients across sectors on sustainable food systems and social enterprise development. Now she spends her days making refillable DIY ingredients, body care, home care (and eventually bulk food) products, as well as "reduced waste" lifestyle items more physically and financially accessible to the everyday consumer. In 2018, Dayna was recognized as Notable Life's Eco-Warrior of the Year.
Sascha Darius Mojtahedi
Eleven years at the intersection of finance and technology. Disciplined in strategy, design and operations. Optimistic futurist. Relentlessly creative.
Today Sascha works on Bunz, a barter-based marketplace where people meet every day to trade everything from clothing and furniture to houseplants and haircuts. In 2018 they launched a cryptocurrency called BTZ that you can earn and send to anyone on Bunz, and spend at local businesses. For Bunz this is a major step toward creating a network that empowers individuals and strengthens local communities.
Ryan is the Executive Director of FreeGeek Toronto. Ryan is a passionate advocate of capacity building, fostering a right-to repair ethos, environmental stewardship, and building technological resiliency for marginalized communities. Ryan aims to collectively, creatively, and critically explore the engagement of technology sustainability within the framework of community building.
For the past five years, he has also been the project lead of Digital Storytelling Toronto, an initiative aimed at increasing digital literacy through storytelling in community and non-profit organizations. Through this work, Ryan has collaborated with University of Toronto Scarborough, Brock University, and Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Leah Barrett teaches in the Sustainable Fashion Production program at George Brown College. She has designed, sampled, produced, distributed, merchandised, imported, and exported fashionable goods her entire career, for big global brands and her own (small) brand Jabberdust, in Canada. She earned a B.Sc. in Textiles & Clothing from Mumbai University, and is currently completing an M.A. in Sustainability Studies at Trent University, Ontario.
Still an advocate for fashion, today Leah prefers tackling the big issues associated with transitioning to a sustainable industry. Her current research looks into Canadian design-led firms that operate with a shared value perspective.
Moderated by Lhazin Nedup
Lhazin leads national projects that builds capacity and bridges the gap between civic engagement and systems change at Evergreen. She has led 100In1Day Canada and Civic Commons strategy, and is currently working on a portfolio of Future Cities Canada Action Labs. Lhazin has extensive experience as a facilitator and program designer, honed over time spent at Ashoka Canada and the Kawartha World Issues Centre. She sits on the Advisory Board for Urban Minds and is a 2019 Civic Action Diversity Fellow. A citizen of Bhutan, Lhazin’s work is informed by a holistic approach to social innovation that strives to build sustainability, equity, and happiness.
Dates & Times
Date: April 14, 2019 | 10:00am–4:00pm
- Friday, April 12 from 4–7pm
- Saturday, April 13 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.