Last weekend, my friend Maria hosted her twice-yearly clothes swap party. She does one in the fall and one in the spring, and it's a huge hit every time. She invites tons of friends - everyone from her BFFs to her co-workers to her mom! - and everyone brings a bag or bin or in some cases, a giant suitcase, full of clothes they no longer love or wear.
She serves brunch (people usually pitch in with baked goods!) and there are always mimosas. There's music playing and plenty of mirrors out for trying things on. All the clothes are piled onto tables or hung on a couple hanging racks, and everyone goes to town!
I've heard of these swaps having "rules" sometimes, like you only take the number of items you bring, details on who gets to choose first, etc. We don't do any of that! Every time it's been a free-for-all, and it always works out fine. People grab food, chit-chat, and meander through the piles, grabbing things that strike their fancy. We'll grab stuff for other girls, like "ooooh Emily, did you see this? This totally looks like you!" and when we have a substantial pile, head to one of the changing spots for a mini fashion show.
It is a BLAST.
Every year I walk away with at least a few new pieces, often things I maybe would never buy, but are fun to experiment with, since they were free!
At the end of the swap, all the leftovers are bagged up and donated to a local center for victims of domestic abuse. They have a thrift store on-site where the patrons of the center can shop for free! This year, Maria's work was also hosting a professional clothing drive for Dress For Success, so all of the workplace clothing was donated to that.
The clothes swap is always a highlight of the season for me. I get to offload my unused clothing, know that it's getting a new life either by one of my friends taking it or going to a good cause like the domestic abuse center, and go home with new-to-me pieces for free!
Have you ever attended a clothes swap? Ever hosted one? I think it's a really amazing way to "shop" ethically and responsibly discard the clothes we no longer love. Plus, any excuse for a party is a good one in my book!
^^ Zelie enjoyed the swap too ;) Girlfriend found herself some sweet new boots!