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Swap To Apocalypse

The Mayan calendar is supposed to end next Friday on December 21st and that has led some to believe we’re on a countdown to a global apocalypse.

But doesn’t it happen every year that some calendar ends and it’s our end? It was the same around the Millennium and we are obviously still alive on earth.

While some folks are out buying at the grocery stores, sacking their bank accounts, writing alleged tips “How To Survive The Mayan Apocalypse” or posting equivalent notes on Facebook, I handle it like Jim Valvano, an American college basketball coach “Take time every day to laugh, to think, to cry – that’s a full day.”

However, it will be better to be prepared – just in case! Here are our five barter tips to get ready for the apocalypse.

Get dressed up and swap for a fashion stylist. You never know who you will run across in the hereafter!

Who compunction your last call on earth or your first one in heaven/hell?

Is Steven Spielberg your icon? You can be the next Steven Spielberg when you record the end of the world with a Digital Video Camcorder. But be aware and charge your battery!

Take a GPS system with you because finally you want to know where you are!

Last but not least it’s better to carry a baseball bat with you to defend yourself against the monsters or aliens. It could also be possible to meet a New York Yankee legend and then you are able to play baseball in the afterworld! Wouldn’t that be great?

PROJECT BARTER

Who doesn’t want a designer dress?

Our interest was aroused yesterday when we saw the first episode of the 10th season of “Project Runway.” Supermodel Heidi Klum and her fellow judges are searching for the next Marc Jacobs or Vivienne Westwood. Sixteen contestants, young to somewhat older (58) presented their dresses on the runway in Times Square. Awesome!

But you don’t have to dream of wearing a designer dress. It doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Start your own “Project Runway” by starting your own “Project Barter!” On our site users offer many high fashion products, both dresses and accessories! Be your own judge and barter for a one-of-a-kind piece!

Your “Project Barter” starts here

Cambridge Design Collective

Posted on December 28th, 2009

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/cn_news_home/displayarticle.asp?id=460283#comments

Contact: stephen.exley@cambridge-news.co.uk

Never mind getting money for old rope – the latest craze to hit Cambridge involves getting rid of unwanted clothes and getting a stylish new wardrobe in return. Swishing, or clothing exchange, involves participants giving up unwanted or unused clothes, shoes or accessories, and in return picking up someone else’s cast-offs free of charge.

The practice was founded in 2000 when Lucy Shea, founder of green PR firm Futerra, and her work colleagues wanted to come up with a way to combine a love of retail shopping without contributing to increased consumption.
Monetary value does not come into the equation, with no cash changing hands and participants not being expected to have to take home something worth a similar price to the items they brought.

The practice is simply about getting rid of unwanted items without sending them to landfill, according to Andrew Martin of the Cambridge Design Collective (CDA). The CDA’s first swishing event in Cambridge took place at 18 Jesus Lane, and proved to be roaring success with bargain-hungry fashionistas.

He said: “It went really well. We had planned for the event to run from noon-4pm, but it only lasted until 2pm in the end as we hardly had anything left.”
The high-quality clothes on offer were brought to the event for all sorts of different reasons, he explained.

“A lot of people find they want to get rid of impulse buys, some of which are unworn and still have their tags on – or are now too small or too big for them to wear,” he says. “The swishing, or clothes swapping, phenomenon started to come to the forefront of public awareness last year.

“It’s a way of taking unwanted clothes and original garments and swapping them for something that someone else doesn’t want, and that you do.

At the Cambridge event, stylists were on hand to try and persuade visitors to actually take their own clothes home with them, but using stylish additions and modifications to prevent them being consigned to the back of the wardrobe.

A spokesman said: “Cambridge Design Collective is a new, independent and vibrant fashion-focused collective of designers, models, photographers, illustrators, hair and make up stylists, filmmakers, visual artists, fashion writers, journalists, independent retailers and those with an interest in these areas.”

To find out about the collective’s future events, visit www. cambridgedesigncollective.org.