A successful swap keeps our wardrobes simple, timely and up-to-date. It’s a chance to gather with friends, put those great pieces you’ll never wear to good use and pick up “new” duds for free.
Here are a few tips for throwing your very own successful clothing swap:
Send email invites and ask everyone to go through their closets, pulling out anything and everything they no longer wear, like or want.
Include men’s clothing if possible, and shop for significant others and relatives. It’s never too early to prepare for an upcoming birthday or holiday.
Make it a gourmet potluck, too. Ask the guests to bring organic fruit (in-season), fine cheese, fair trade dark chocolate and organic wine.
You might want to subtly (or not) suggest application of a clear antiperspirant prior to attending. There’s nothing worse than a gorgeous dress with white deodorant marks.
Display everything on tables, hang it on racks and in manageable piles on a clean, traffic-free patch of floor.
Check that you have a variety of sizes available so everyone can “play” and no one feels left out. One size definitely does not fit all.
Create a semi-private dressing area. Use a bamboo screen or even a sheet to secure an area for trying on and off.
Make sure there are plenty of mirrors for oohing and ahhing. Have fun playing dress-up with a group of women telling you “Wow, that looks so good on you!”
Rules are key to a well-run swap. Draw numbers to decide who picks first, and so on. And once a piece is tried on and chosen, it’s off-limits.
At the end of the party, put all the unclaimed clothes in bags and donate the leftover stash to a local thrift store or women’s shelter.
The clothing swap isn’t for summertime only. Start off every fashion season with an eco-friendly wardrobe exchange!