Now that summers on its way, you might be itching for some warm-weather fashion gear. I know, I go through it myself every time the season changes. But instead of buying a ton of new clothes, why not host a clothing swap party for your friends?
Clothing swap parties are full of awesomeness for several reasons.
Reason #1: Clothing Swaps are Eco-Friendly
Instead of going out and consuming resources by buying a ton of new clothes, you can get a new wardrobe simply be swapping clothes. No new resources are consumed.
Reason #2: Clothing Swaps Save Money
Would you rather drop $300+ at the mall, or get a ton of new clothes for free?
Yep…I thought so.
Reason #3: Clothing Swaps Save Time
I don’t know about you, but going to the Salvation Army takes a lot of time. You have to dig through a ton of bad ’80s blouses with shoulder pads to find that James Perse t-shirt you’ve been craving, if you ever find anything at all.
But think about your friends…chances are they have styles similar to yours. This means that you don’t have to dig through a whole warehouse full of junk to find great stuff.
Reason #4: Clothing Swaps are FUN
Hosting a clothing swap means that you get to hang out with a group of your closet friends, digging through clothes.
How To Host A Clothing Swap Party
As you can see, clothing swaps are just a good, fun way to get some new clothes and live a little lighter on the earth. But how do you host one?
1. Set a Date.
Pick a Saturday about 4 weeks from now, and send an invite to all the friends you’d like to have over.
2. Identify What They Should Bring
Ask your friends to bring at least a garbage bag full of unwanted items. Let them know items should be clean and folded for the swap party.
Don’t put up any other barriers, though. You never know what someone will want! Bags, shoes, accessories, dresses, pajamas…all are fair game to bring to the clothing swap.
3. Clean Out Your Own Closet
Be brutal here. If you haven’t worn it in a year, then chances are you’re not going to. Only keep clothes that you love and make you feel beautiful.
4. Make Yummies
Clothing swaps are a chance for you to connect with your friends. So why not turn it into a real get-together? Make appetizers, open a bottle of fair trade wine, and invite your friends to bring a dish when they come. This way you can swap clothes, snack, and have a wonderful time just hanging out.
5. Make Signs
Make sure there is a table for every major type of clothing (pants, t-shirts, shoes, etc.), and label them with a sign so your friends know where to stack their clothing once they start arriving. This will help keep the room organized as the clothes start flying around!
6. Designate a Dressing Room
Some of your friends might not be comfortable changing in front of everyone else, locker-room style. Make sure there is a comfortable room that someone can use for trying on clothes.
If there is any clothing left over at the end of the clothing swap, donate it to your local Salvation Army or women’s shelter.
Tip: You can also open up the clothing swap party for maternity, baby/kids clothes, and mens clothing. Your friends can grab anything they think will fit their family.
Clothing swaps are a wonderful way to get “new” clothes without using up the resources of buying something new. And, they’re a fun way to reconnect with your friends.
Have any of you ever hosted a clothing swap? Was your swap for close friends, or for the general public? I’d love to hear about your experience if you’ve hosted one before!
Filed under: Eco Living on April 26th, 2010