One man's wisdom another's folly."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays
Clear out the closet and invite your friends over for a fun and free shopping fest!
Save money and refresh wardrobes by hosting a clothing swap.
I found this wonderful LA Times article by Susan Carpenter
about some frugal, fashionable wardrobe fun.
Clear out the closet
and invite your friends over for a
fun, and free, shopping fest.
In better days, diamonds may have been a girl's best friend. But in such dark economic times, it's friends that are a girl's best friend -- especially if you can raid their closets.
Clothing swaps are growing in popularity, and for good reason. The events, where people donate clothes they no longer wear and walk away with items they never even knew they wanted, provide a shopping high without the buyer's remorse, a wardrobe refresher without the plastic. In an era when people with money aren't spending it, and people who don't have much are hoarding it, clothing swaps are a cost-free cure for clothing lust, which, despite the ever-declining economy, is a difficult sin to swear off, even if most of us have more than enough to wear.
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Tips for Hosting Your Own Clothing Swap
If you're thinking of hosting a clothing swap but don’t know where to begin? Here are some do’s and don’ts from Suzanne Agasi, ClothingSwap.org founder and director, who’s hosted about 170 swaps.
- Bring only gently worn or new items.
- Make sure the clothes are clean.
- Encourage women to bring accessories, such as shoes, purses, belts, hats, scarves and costume jewelry.
- Allow time for guests to mingle before trying on clothes.
- Provide food and drinks, or encourage guests to bring food to share.
- Designate one room for changing.
- Put shoes and clothes worn to the event in a hands-off area if they’re removed for changing.
- Donate whatever clothes are left at the end of the swap.
- Discriminate: Invite women of all shapes and sizes.
- Hold back the good stuff. If you aren’t wearing it, it’s worth nothing.
- Make fun of the clothes.
- Take things home without trying them on.