Our mission is to help combat clothing scarcity in harder-to-find sizes.

The Big Fat Super Swap is a body positive, 2x/20 and up clothing swap for people of all genders. The Inbetweenie Super Swap is a body positive, all gender clothing swap for sizes 12(L) to 18 (XXL/2X).

The Big Fat Super Swap was started by Andy Kuhlman and Angela Callais in 2014 to create a safe and positive space in which fat people could shop for clothes and have the majority of items on the rack either fit or be too big. They laid amazing groundwork and established a strong network of volunteers that allowed the Big Fat Super Swap to flourish after being passed off to a new swap team, and we are forever grateful to them. You can hear more about the swap’s history on Matter of Fat Episode 5: Andy Kuhlman.

As of 2018, The Big Fat Super Swap’s organization main team includes Hannah Clark, Haley Nelson, and Cat Polivoda. They worked with previous swap volunteers, like Lindsey Hoskins and Autumn Cunningham, to put on their first Big Fat Super Swap and form a team of great volunteers.

Three fat women stand next to each other smiling.
Left to right: Hannah Clark, Haley Nelson, Cat Polivoda

Haley, Hannah, and Cat also began the Inbetweenie Super Swap in the summer of 2018 to use extra clothing in smaller sizes that wasn’t appropriate for the Big Fat Super Swap and raise extra funds to expand the Big Fat Super Swap.

You can follow the swap on Facebook and Instagram.

A fat white woman stands smiling in the sun shine
Cat Polivoda. Taken by Boudoir by Eve

Cat Polivoda
Instagram: @catpolivoda

Cat helped transition the swap from its co-creators (Angela Callais and Andy Kuhlman) shortly before her shop opened in 2017. Cat owns Cake Plus-Size Resale which serves as a home base for the swap and where donations are collected and stored year round. In addition to owning and operating Cake, Cat co-hosts a local body positive podcast (Matter of Fat), co-leads the Twin Cities Fat Community group, and leads a course on confidence for plus-size/curvy/fat people: Big, Bold Confidence. Cat loves podcasts, audiobooks, and Netflix. Also, trampoline parks and water aerobics. 

What’s your favorite part of the swap?
Seeing so many amazing members of the community! It’s such a joy to see so many familiar faces!

What’s the best item you’ve gotten from the swap?
A fab pair of size 11W sandals! 

What’s your dream for the swap?
Honestly, I’m not sure! I just want all fat people’s needs to be met and for fat people to be centered in spaces (rather than seen as an afterthought or not thought about at all). So, my dream is that the swap continues to center fat folks and helps meet any unmet needs we can. 

What’s a weird/fun fact about you?
I had like a million jobs and side jobs in my 20s… from being a German immersion summer camp counselor, to working at a construction company, to selling sausage and meatballs as a sample lady at grocery stores. The list goes on and on!  

Fat white woman smiling into the camera, she's wearing makeup and red lipstick
Hannah Clark

Hannah Clark
Instagram: @hannahisdead

Hannah joined the team in late 2017 and helped arrange her first swap as a co-organizer in January of 2018. She now manages social media, website/digital content, and the Super Coat Fund. A Twin Cities area native, Hannah currently lives in West St. Paul with her husband and pets. She spends her free time embroidering, engaging in the Twin Cities fat community and fat activism, enjoying outdoor activities, and taking lots of naps. She hopes to one day win a TV trivia show or ride a bike through the Mall of America.

What’s your favorite part of the swap?
Getting to see someone’s face light up when they find a really awesome piece of clothing! It’s so magical.

What’s the best item you’ve gotten from the swap?
I grabbed this amazing teal dress recently that fits perfect! It’s great for layering and on its own, and it’s so comfortable.

What’s your dream for the swap?
I’d love to continue to grow and expand, making it more inclusive and increasing the options for masculine clothing and things in 4X, 5X, 6X and up!

What’s a weird/fun fact about you?
I originally started going to school to be a mortician! I ended up changing my educational path, but end of life and death choices and discussions are still things I find really interesting!

A close up of a fat white woman with glasses and make up smiling at the camera
Haley Nelson

Haley Nelson
Instagram: @haleyrosey

Haley became involved in the swap in late 2017 and put on her first swap as a co-organizer in January of 2018. She is the volunteer coordinator, manages social media, and designs all swap materials. A Minneapolis transplant, Haley originally hails from the foreign land of Iowa. She and her fiancée are planning their summer 2019 wedding. When she’s not organizing events like the swaps, for Flyover Fest, or at her day job at a tech company, Haley is a craft queen, fat activist, and on the quest for the perfect pair of black denim pants. 

What’s your favorite part of the swap?
Seeing folks take fashion risks! It’s just a great environment to go outside your comfort zone and try something new.

What’s the best item you’ve gotten from the swap?
I took a chance on a rose duster cardigan and fell in LOVE with longline cardigans! I have like five now.

What’s your dream for the swap?
Inclusivity is everything, and I just want to be able to have clothes for all sizes and styles! We have also recently gotten a lot of questions about how we run the swap, and I love the idea of being able to help folks from other cities be able to put on something like this in their communities!

What’s a weird/fun fact about you?
Anyone who knows me knows that I am not very outdoorsy, but I spent most summers of my childhood attending a horse camp for girls. I can do barrel racing, get on a horse without a saddle, clean hooves, and trick a horse into letting me put a bridal on it. I’ve been stepped on, kicked, bit, and bucked off a horse. I even ripped a pair of jeans getting on a horse once, which is truly the mark of a seasoned rider.

Questions? Check out our FAQs or reach out by email at bigfatsuperswap@gmail.com