Starting as the Lolita Fashion Swap Meet in 2011, the Anime North Fashion Swap is an event that gives attendees who are interested in Japanese street fashion an opportunity to buy and sell their clothing. It's also a great opportunity to learn all about, and have access to, the interesting Harajuku street styles you've seen on the web!
The Fashion Swap is a great way to re-vamp your wardrobe. Attendees interested in selling items sign up, either as an individual or a group, and pay a fee for a table.
If you have an interest in a Harajuku style or just want to spice up your wardrobe, this event is what you've been waiting for! We will have a variety of items, from expensive, authentic brands from Japan to some great, affordable finds! You can expect to discover something that’s right for you. Sellers will be equipped to help you with whatever style you’re looking to get into!
The Anime North Fashion Swap will take place on Friday, May 23 from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM, in Hall B at the Toronto Congress Centre (TCC). This event takes place alongside the Nominoichi. They will be in the same area for attendees to take advantage of both!
If you plan to attend this event, please remember:
The temperature inside the Fashion Swap can become uncomfortably high. We'll do our best with the AC, but it's often not enough. You should dress light, drink water, and be ready to sweat a bit.
Where is the event?
The event takes place at the same location and time as the Nominoichi, in Hall B at the Toronto Congress Centre. If you're unsure just ask Anime North staff or volunteer for the location of the Nominoichi.
What type of items will be at this Fashion Swap?
This event is for Japanese street fashion styles (and steampunk). You can find clothing items like dresses, skirts, tops, bottoms, accessories, and headwear. You'll find a mix of brand name items from Japan and off-brand items as well.
How much will items cost?
Depends on the item and condition. Japanese brand name can be very expensive and often retain their value. Smaller off-brand item can be less expensive. We've seen small items go for as little as $1 while some brand name items can go past $300. It's a good idea to bring as much money as you can. You never know when your dream item might be up for sale!
What is the condition of the item?
All items sold at the Fashion Swap are considered to be "used" and sold "as-is". Please be aware and shop smart. Look carefully before you buy. Always talk to the sellers and ask questions first. Only buy something if you are sure it is what you think it is.
How busy is this event?
The Fashion Swap and Nominoichi can be very crowded early in the night. We prefer that you are shopping inside, not waiting outside so we allow a lot of people in at once. If you are uncomfortable with tight crowds, then we recommend that you start shopping later in the night. The later you arrive, the less people there will likely be.
What type of styles are allowed at the Fashion Swap?
This event is for Japanese street fashion, such as lolita, visual kei, decora, gyaru, cyber, otome, mori girl, dolly kei, fairy kei, and seifuku, as well as their substyles. Traditional Japanese clothing is also acceptable. In addition, we're extending a warm welcome to all Steampunk fashion lovers.
What about this (insert another Japanese street) style?
Yes, that would also be acceptable.
What other items are acceptable?
Kigurumis, sleepwear, slippers, small plushies, key chains, wallets, purses, handmade clothing, yukatas, and kimonos.
What items are NOT acceptable?
Make up, home décor, toiletries, crafting supplies, as well any items like anime, manga, or any items that belong in the Nominoichi.
What if the item is damaged?
If the item looks like it’s been overworn, torn, or stained to the point where it is unwearable, please consider leaving it out of the Fashion Swap. A good way to answer this is asking yourself why you are selling the item? If the answer is because you wouldn't wear it because of the damage, chances are no one else will buy it either. If it has minor damage, make sure you point it out to the person who is buying it.
Can I sell my cosplay items?
No. However, the Nominoichi is the place to sell cosplay items.
Can I swap my regular/normal day-wear like t-shirts and jeans?
No. This event is specifically Japanese street styles. These items do not necessarily have to come from Japan, but they must fit into a category of street style.
Can I show up and swap with people without getting a table?
No. Anyone doing this will be violating Anime Norths selling policy and may result in the loss of their membership badge.
Table Registration Information
Who can reserve a table?
Anyone with an Anime North Membership (Day, Weekend, or Pre-registered) is welcome to reserve a table either alone, or as a member of a group. However, If you have a Dealers, Crafters Corner, or Exhibitor badge, you are welcome to come in as a buyer but you are not allowed to participate as a seller and cannot enter the room before we open.
Can I reserve a table as a group?
Yes, you may have group of up to three (3) people total. We recommend that you to do this, so you will have a chance to browse other people’s items and swap with them as well. You must register everyone in your group when you reserve a table. Please make sure that you have everyone’s information before sending the email. Each email will count as one reservation.
How much is a table?
Tables are $20 each and are paid for at the event. You are only allowed one table per person/per group. Tables are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, please only register if you are sure that you will attend this event.
Can I register for more than one table?
No. One table per person/group.
How big are the tables?
They are six feet long by two and a half feet wide. (6' x 2.5')
How many chairs will each table have?
Each table has two (2) chairs.
If I am part of a group of sellers do we each pay $20?
No. The fee is $20 per table not per seller. It will be collected at the Fashion Swap. You will not be admitted into the hall until you pay that $20.
If I reserve a table, do I need to know all of the members in my group now?
Yes. You must send information for each member of the group in the email.
Does signing up for the Fashion Swap include an Anime North membership?
No. The Fashion Swap is a part of the Anime North convention. To buy or sell, you must purchase a membership separately.
Can my family or friends, help me set up my table without buying a membership?
No. The Fashion Swap is held inside the Anime North convention. For anyone to get into the room, you must first show your badge.
What is the minimum age to reserve a table?
You must be at least 14 years of age by May 24, 2014. Furthermore, all sellers under the age of 18 must the provide the consent of a parent or guardian.
As a seller, what should I consider bringing?
Bring all the items you wish to sell, and perhaps some boxes or stands to showcase your items. It is also a good idea to bring a bit of cash to make change and plastic bags for people to carry the items they bought.
How to Register
Their will be a registration fee of $20 to be paid on Friday night at the door. Each email will count as one table reservation, so please make sure you have everyone in your group included in your email.
Registration will begin Sunday, April 20, 2014, at 8:00 PM (20:00 EDT). Any reservations sent prior to that date will not be accepted and will be deleted. Failure to fill the required fields for this application will be deleted.
Please be sure to include all the following information:
- Your Name as it will appear on your Anime North Badge
- Your Email address
- Your Telephone Number
- A list of all styles of clothing that you will be selling (point form)
If there are other members in your group, you must include the above information for each person.
We hope to see you at Anime North Fashion Swap 2014!