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That time is here again! Our children will keep growing, so the best solution is to go for the fun, green and thrifty option: swopping! The Kids' Clothes Swop , run by Noeleen, it's basically like a free jumble sale: bring your stuff, lay it out, and then take whatever you need (I think we can do this without violence, don't you?). Please email to be put on the mailing list, or just come along with your outgrown clothes. Do remember to think quality, rather than quantity: one lovely dress is better than three bags full of old t shirts. Particularly no stained items, as no-one wants these! Come and join us for a glass of wine and you never know what you might find! All edible/drinkable contributions also most welcome....

The Leiden Kids' Clothes Swop, held approximately every two months at the Vrouw Kind Centrum (VKC), Langegracht 57.

The Kids' Clothes Swop has been running for a long time now, and has proved a great success. Such a success, in fact, that we now have a very full cupboard! As it was never our plan to set up in competition to the kringloop winkel, our strategy has changed.

How it works

If you want to join in, send an email to so we have an idea of numbers/requirements. Then assemble the clothes that you have. Please think quality rather than quantity: items that are stained, damaged, or frankly a bit manky aren't really very appealing. One nice pair of trousers is better than a whole bag full of stained t shirts. Bring your clean, good-quality items with you on the night, or if you just want to be rid of them arrange to drop them off by emailing .

On the evening itself, we will lay the items out and we can have a friendly free-for all! Differences in children's sizes and taste should prevent this from causing bloodshed. Hopefully everyone should come away with something they like for their children. Obviously, this depends on what others have brought, but it usually works out, especially for the smaller sizes. Larger sizes are particularly desired, so for parents of older children, do think about what you have lurking in your closets! If you just want to be rid of them, you can drop them off at Harriet's house: please email .

The evenings are relaxed, informal and fun, and are also a chance to meet other parents. We provide wine and cookies, but any edible contributions are most welcome!



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