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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?

© Izusek

by on Apr. 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 2:00 AM
Me and my GF's hold a clothing swap a few times a year! But I love the tips! Very helpful! :-)
by New Member on Apr. 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM

What a great idea!! Thank you for a wonderful way to recycle old clothes, get your friends together and support women shelters. I will be doing this in the near rock

by New Member on Apr. 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I ran and co ordinated a local swap group that we would meet once a month at the Township Building (that they donated to us) and it would include everything from clothes, toys, household items and coupons... was very fun and everyone always had a good time... problems came into it for us when the Township was getting room rentals through wedding season and we did not have the funds to secure the reception room.... I would love to start them back up ... tho, even tho I would hate to have to do it,  I think I will need to charge $1 admission to help with room rentals - It was good times - I met some lifelong friends going through that whole experience :)

by on Apr. 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Been doing these for years with wine, cocktails, and light snacks. We include household items as well. Not as scary as having a garage sale, plus you get to hang with friends and donate to charity when it's over. ;) 

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