How to: 10 Tips for a Successful Clothing Swap

clothing-swapIt’s the perfect summer gathering for the stylish greenie in all of us – the clothing swap. Most of us have more stuff in our closets than we need (or want).

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:

twig-1Send email invites and ask everyone to go through their closets, pulling out anything and everything they no longer wear, like or want.

twig-1Include 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.

twig-1Make it a gourmet potluck, too. Ask the guests to bring organic fruit (in-season), fine cheese, fair trade dark chocolate and organic wine.

twig-1You 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.

twig-1Display everything on tables, hang it on racks and in manageable piles on a clean, traffic-free patch of floor.

twig-1Check 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.

twig-1Create a semi-private dressing area. Use a bamboo screen or even a sheet to secure an area for trying on and off.

twig-1Make 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!”

twig-1Rules 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.

twig-1At 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!

Images: Idhren, and Nancy says

7 thoughts on “How to: 10 Tips for a Successful Clothing Swap

  1. Good ideas! I have a friend who has pushing to do this with all the girls having Bat Mitzvas this year. They have dresses they are tired of wearing and could pass them along. Our school had one for kids with athletic gear which worked very well. For the moms – well, I like giving clothes to friends and it’s nice to hold your own personal swap meet.

  2. How timely, my first time getting in a car after the birth will be this weekend, for a clothing swap. What a great place to take the baby for her first social outing!! Fun with all the Aunties.

  3. Great advice on how to host a clothing swap. It’s an excellent way to get up-to-date fashion for a low cost. Thank you for the tips.

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