Clothing must be in very good condition (no tears or stains please), clean and ready to wear, all zips and buttons intact and working, and no offensive slogans or pictures.
Please note that we are no longer issuing credits based on individual items which will give us more time to sort, veto and display clothes. Damaged, stained and badly pilled items will not be accepted. 
A good guide for including an item in a bag for swapping is - 
Only include it if you would buy it!
Please sort your clothes into size and gender with your name and contact details attached to each box/bag. Bags not sorted into size and gender will not be accepted. 
Each bag of clothes/shoes submitted will be 1 bag credit. 
Please note: There will not be any child minding available on the day, so supervision of the children remains the responsibility of the parents.

RSVP by emailing

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How much does it cost to participate? 
A. $5 CARMBA members, $10 Non CARMBA members payable on entry on the day. 
Q. How do the credits work?
A. You drop off prior to the swap, bags of clean sorted clothes in good condition and we record credits for the same number of bags for you to collect on the day of the swap. 
Q. What size bag should I use?
A. We recommend a recycled Coles or Woolworths bag or the green cloth bags. These are easy to work out as they are a pretty standard size. Really though it doesn't matter. If you drop off three nappy boxes full, then collect three nappy boxes on the day.
Q. Do the clothes need to be in excellent condition?
A. Yes! We will take clothes in great to new condition. We don't want anything stained, pilled, faded, stretched or damaged.
If you wouldn't buy it, don't try to swap it! 
Q. Do you take just clothes?
A. We take just about any items of footwear and clothing. Due to health reasons, we can't take underwear. 
Q. How should I sort the clothes?
A. All clothes need to be sorted into size and gender. For example, boys size 0. Mixed bags must have each different size clearly marked and labeled within the original bag.  All bags must be clearly labeled with your name and contact number. 
Q. Do I get to choose my own clothes on the day?
A. You sure do!
Q. Where are the drop off points? 
A. We have drop off points in Kambah, Gungahlin, Queanbeyan and O'Connor. Email for the address of the drop off point nearest to you. 
Q. Can I drop off on the day?
A. Not without prior arrangement with the organisers. We need time to organise and display the clothes and drop offs on the day make this very difficult.
Q. If I don't come on the day can I hold and carry over my credits till the next swap?
A. Not without prior arrangement with the organisers and only in special circumstances. You can send a friend or family member to shop on your behalf. 
Q. What sizes do you go up to?
A. We take 00000 to about size 10
Q. How do I know you will have the sizes I want? 
A. You don't! We can't guarantee the availability of any size as we can only swap what has been brought in by others. In the past we have had mountains of baby clothes up to size 1. From size 2 to 5 we still have a great selection. After size 5 we have less but it has increased with each swap
Q. Can I donate clothes but not participate? 
A. Yes Please! 
Q. Can my friends come?
A. Absolutely! CARMBA runs the swap as a benefit for it's members but we encourage people from outside the group to join in. The more the merrier!
Q. Any other questions
A. Please email Erin at
Please be aware we get hundreds of emails in relation to the clothing swap, so please be patient as we may not respond immediately.