Glam Slam Clothing Swap

Do you like clothes? Do you like free things? Do you like free clothes? Then sir and/or ma’am, have I got the party for you.

On Saturday, September 22, the Minneapolis art exhibition hotspot Gamut Gallery will be holding its fifth Glam Slam Clothing Swap, and if you’ve got a niche for dropping off unwanted clothes, scooping up as much awesome new clothing and costumes as you can (for FREE), listening to great music, gettin’ your hair did and supporting your local art scene at the same time, then you can scratch it at Gamut Gallery.

Run by the husband-and-wife team of James and Jade Patrick, the Gallery (located on 10th and Marquette in downtown Minneapolis) and their downstairs audio-arts studio/workshop Slam Factory have served as a home base for a wide variety of art exhibitions (including their current “Colors” exhibit running through October 20), their Thursday night community-based CoLab art workshops, and the Slam Academy, a electronic music/arts school which offers seminars in the realms of DJing, VJing and music and sound production. It’s a busy place.

But it’s not busy enough to not throw a bangin’ clothing swap/dance party/photo shoot twice a year (one in the spring, one in the fall), and the Patricks make sure that it’s unlike any run-of-the-mill garment exchange you’ve ever been to.

“It’s much more than a clothing swap,” said Jade. “You bring your clothes, you sort them out. We have designated stations for the men’s sections, the women’s sections, etc. And then we have a hair and make-up station so you can get all dolled up.

“The whole idea is that we want people to let loose, use your imagination, have fun, and play dress-up.”

I can guarantee that it’s a winning concept, as I actually attended the last Glam Slam event this past April. Hauling in a load of clothing that I no longer had any use for, I distributed my used clothes in the various sections, and I had a ball discovering the various gems hidden in the piles, not to mention the fact that it was essentially a grown-up version of a dress-up party where you could not only try on a variety of different ensembles and props, but also get your hair styled free of charge, get your pictures taken by professional photographers (I’m pretty sure I fulfilled two or three life goals by dressing as a cowboy while posing on a gigantic mushroom), have a drink or three, and groove down to some great music. By the end of the evening, I left the party with a 1970s leather jacket, a similarly retro plaid dress shirt, and an afro wig. Simply put, I was disco-fabulous.

This time around, the music will be provided courtesy of DJ Slow Derek, while video and photo booth duties will be contributed by Jim Weiss and MPLS.TV’s Dillon Bakke. Tickets cost $10 at the door, but if you stop by Gamut Gallery during its open hours (4 to 8 p.m.) on the Thursday before the event, you can get presale tix for only $7. You can bring your used goods the night of the event, but you’re encouraged to do early drop-offs on September 18 and 19 during open hours, and September 20 from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Any leftover clothes and accessories remaining after the swap will be donated to charitable organizations.

So if you’re in the market for as many FREE clothes as you can handle, along with some killer beats and photos to preserve your dress-up memories, I highly recommend you stop by for Glam Slam on September 22nd. And if it strikes your fancy, you should definitely check out the various events and classes offered at both the Gamut Gallery and Slam Academy if you’ve got a jones for activities ranging from painting and sculptures to sound design and film scoring. As stated above, the Gallery is currently showcasing their “Colors” exhibition, and on Thursday the 27, my pal and fellow MPLS.TV personality Bobby Kahn will be presenting his inaugural “So You Think You Kahn Dance” dance class extravaganza at Gamut.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get your Swap on!

Photos of the Spring 2012 Glam Slam Clothing Swap courtesy of Playatta.

The Gamut Gallery and the Slam Factory are located at 1006 Marquette Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis. Gamut is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 4 to 8 p.m. Check out the Gallery’s website or Facebook page for events and coming attractions. The Slam Academy’s course guide and attractions can be viewed on their site. Finally, stay in the know about the Gallery’s Glam Slam Clothing Swap on both the event site and Facebook page. The Swap will be held Saturday, September 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Gallery.