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How To Hold A Chic Clothes Swap

Posted by on Apr. 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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What is a) a great way to get some "new" items into your wardrobe, b) a good way to get rid of items you don't use anymore, and c) a fun way to spend time with your best gal pals? Answer: a clothes swap. With more of us watching how we spend our money, clothes swaps have become more and more popular. But, if you or your friends have never been to one, you may be a little hesitant.

I've got the lowdown on how to hold a chic clothes swap.

-- Get a good group of pals. The more, the merrier (and the more people means more clothes to choose from). Sell it as a great, fun way for all to get a refresher for those closets.

-- Set the rules. Everyone should bring at least 10 pieces of clothing, and they can be accessories too. Think jewelry you never wear, handbags, pashmina shawls and the like. Also, be really clear that all items should be of good quality, clean and in excellent condition.

-- Set the stage.  Have a covered table or put a tablecloth over your bed or couch to display items (and do it in a nice, organized way). Maybe put up a tension rod in a doorway to hang up certain pieces. 

 -- When people arrive have them draw numbers, which will be the order in which they shop (this helps mitigate any arguments if two ladies want that same cute bangle).

-- Serve wine and put out some munchies and appetizers so you can all chat and hangout as you swap-shop.

-- Get some nice shopping bags from the dollar store to put the items they "buy" in; it is that little touch to make them feel like they went shopping.

-- Be sure you take any leftover items to a woman's shelter or the church.

Have you ever held a clothes swap? What would you bring to one if you were invited?


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by on Apr. 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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RoseWall
by on Apr. 18, 2012 at 12:04 AM
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yes . and i usually host. not as fancy as providing food. so i guess im not having a chic swap as much a a plain ol' clothing share. but we have always given away more than we get. its to help the moms in the community.

ReesesPieces
by on Apr. 18, 2012 at 12:13 AM
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I need friends my same size for thus to work. Hmmmmm....
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MamaBear2cubs
by Nikki on Apr. 18, 2012 at 8:29 AM
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I've never held one, my clothes are usually worn down by the time I don't want them anymore lol.

jbyrd898
by Jessica on Apr. 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

great ideas. i have been wanting to hold one of these for some time.

michiganmom116
by Gold Member on Apr. 18, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I've never been to one, but it sure sounds like fun!

aidansmommy219
by Gold Member on Apr. 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM

 I've never held one...and I don't think I would go to one if I were invited either.

momto3isme
by Dawn on Apr. 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM
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I don't have any friends to swap with.
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mommyofgirl1974
by Lyn on Apr. 18, 2012 at 1:21 PM

No,I haven't been to one. None of my friends are my size.

FindersKeepers
by Bronze Member on Apr. 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I did this with a group of friends once and it was a great time... we did clothing, books, CDs too... anything you think someone else would like.   Sadly with e-readers and iPods it is out dated now.

 

Kelly913
by on Apr. 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I was thinking along the same lines.  I'm picturing what I and my friends wear and I don't think any of us really want to swap.  We're pretty basic in our "style" and what we buy isn't expensive.  Don't think anyone wants the jeans that are so full of holes that it's a struggle to get my foot all the way in because it keeps catching holes.  Or the T-shirts I wear for animal chores.  The other items I need to keep! 

Quoting MamaBear2cubs:

I've never held one, my clothes are usually worn down by the time I don't want them anymore lol.

 

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