Since beginning four years ago, Sydney Swap Meet has grown exponentially alongside the integration of sneakers and sportswear into wider style circles. It’s been a chance for sneaker collectors and enthusiasts from all around the country to congregate, sell off some pairs which don’t get enough love, and pick up their most desired grails for a solid price. Come 2017, Sydney Swap Meet has migrated to Commune at Waterloo for their biggest event yet, hitting this Sunday with a plethora of stalls selling new and pre-loved goods.
Ahead of the event, we caught up with organiser Jeff Thompson to talk about the growth of the event, the current state of the sneaker economy, and the best dressed Sydneysiders right now. Read below, and catch Mr. Thompson and co. at Commune from 11:00am this Sunday. Facebook event details here:
The event has grown in many ways. From less than 200 people in a small Surry Hills alley, to thousands walking through the last two years. We went from mainly collectors to adding local brands, designers and artists, making it a good reflection of Sydney’s scene. Between the first and the second event, the major change was Facebook, Instagram and the sheer growth of the culture from a pocket of guys on a forum.
We have quite a few new locals on board this year. 99StarCount, Rat Life, Motley Street, Humble Home Clothing, Fraxcion and Ruler Wurc to name a few. Plus, the staples Saintside and Halfsleeve. Jason Markk are coming down with a complimentary (free) sneaker cleaning service and new goods for sale for the first time in Australia, which we are stoked about. Puma have their exclusive Swap Meet freebie. The day is jam packed with goodness.
The online realm doesn’t have much impact in regards to co-ordinating the meet. It does help the event though, through what the online realm doesn’t have – it’s missing human and physical interaction. People still like picking something up, looking at it and a bit of banter here and there. Seeing outfits in real life, and most importantly, flexing and breaking necks.
We’ve just seen the next hype with Off White x Nike. The next, next hype might be too early to predict.
Sometimes resellers are necessary. When there’s not enough proddy to go around, resellers give you the second chance. I’m not a fan when it’s reselling for ridiculous prices, it has to be fair pricing. Sustainable in Australia? Probably not, unless you have good connections.
Haha, I might be ‘out of touch’ here. I’m not that up on the cool kids on Instagram and Fitted. I struggled here, but I think I’ve come up good: @Instakrill, @LianaDelCray, @TeriyakiMami, @Hongsta_Gram, @MelanieDylanKim.
That’s tough. I suppose when you’d rather buy Skechers over said ugly fashion shoe.
Lots of free stuff just for rocking up, and prizes to give away! Register online here to win. Most importantly: Good people, good times and bargains.