A “one-of-a-kind” clothing event is coming to Bradenton’s Village of the Arts this Saturday.
Organizer Nadria Senoussi, a freelance model, fluid artist and stylist, hopes to make Shop, Swap, and Shoot a regular event in the Village of the Arts the third Saturday of each month.
The event is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at The Village Art House Collective, 1211 12th Ave. W.
So, what is Shop, Swap, and Shoot?
“This one-of-a-kind event aims to create a platform where attendees can shop small, connect with like-minded individuals, swap their clothing items, and capture stunning and innovative content,” Senoussi said in a news release.
“With the goal of promoting conscious consumerism and sustainable fashion practices, ‘Shop, Swap, and Shoot’ offers a unique opportunity for participants to refresh their wardrobes while reducing their ecological footprint,” she said.
Senoussi was attracted to the of Village of the Arts by its creative, colorful ambiance.
“I want to bring awareness to Village of the Arts. I have gotten a lot more business owners in the Village of the Arts interested,” she said.
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“I want people to look forward to this event every month, make it bigger and bigger each time to really get the community involved,” Senoussi said.
The clothing swap is just that. People bring gently used clothes they want to trade. There is no money exchanged.
There should be a diverse range of styles and participants should bring extra bags, bins and totes to carry home any items swapped.
The “shoot” aspect of the event invites local photographers and aspiring models to try for striking new images.
For the “shop” aspect, there will be more than a dozen vendors, selling everything from cupcakes and sweets to candies, herbal teas, jewelry, crystals, art and candles.
Senoussi calls Shop, Swap, and Shoot a movement that encourages individuals to embrace sustainable fashion, support small businesses, and foster a sense of community.
It’s also a way to redefine fashion and make a positive impact on the planet, one garment at a time.
Senoussi said her vision for the Shop, Swap and Shoot event goes beyond just swapping clothes and shopping small.
“It’s an opportunity for individuals to connect, inspire, and empower each other on their sustainable fashion journeys,” she said.
Village of the Arts grew out of a meeting in 1999 when 30 artists and others interested in establishing an artists’ colony met in the studio of artist Herbie Rose.
They voted to name a proposed arts neighborhood the “Village of the Arts of Manatee.” Rose was elected president of the newly named Artists Guild of Manatee.
Village of the Arts, an area from about Ninth to 13th streets West between Ninth and 17th avenues West opened in early 2001.
The area included about 220 homes. More than a dozen homes had been bought and renovated by artists, a baker, a craftsman and other people with trades at the time of its opening.
What to know
▪ Event: Shop, Swap, and Shoot
▪ Where: The Village Art House Collective, 1211 12th Ave. W., Bradenton
▪ Date and time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20
▪ Parking: Street parking around the village.
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