About the Thread Exchange

We buy, sell, and trade clothing and accessories, from, to, and with the public. Although we are selective we do buy contemporary as well as vintage items. Vintage & Worn items that are damaged may also be an interest as we can upcycle them in our design house into something new.


Thread Exchange Guidelines

The thread exchange program operates during the last 10 days of each month. 

  • We exchange garments seasonally – i.e. no summer clothes in winter (Oct-Feb), no winter coats, heavy sweaters in the summer (March-Sept.)

  • Year Long Donations: We also accept fabrications, trimming and lovely handmade textiles that can be used in our design house for upcycling pre-existing garments and/or designing entirely new garments. These items include vintage fabrics, uncut scraping, upholstery, crotchet bedding, table clothes, placemats, table runners, doilies, embroidery.  

  • We do NOT accept used underwear, bras, bathing suits, tights, liners, and socks. Any of the items listed New With Tags (NWT) is okay!

  • Due to space, we can not accept large volumes. If you would like us to come to you for large quantities please schedule an appointment via abbey@lavenderelephant.com.

  • The items we select will exchanged for retail credit based on textile brand, quality, uniqueness and market values: items will be either used in the design house , are sourced for resale as is and/or upcycled. This credit lasts for 6 months.

  • All items we pass on MUST be picked up within 7 days after contact, if not we donate them to local charities.