How to Host an Awesome Clothing Swap
Monday, March 13, 2017
I like to call myself a scared impulse buyer. I will see something that I love at the store, but I am almost always afraid of spending the money on it, for fear I will get home and instantly regret it. It has been a huge blessing in our marriage, and for our bank account.
But I do love getting new things (admitting that makes the minimalist inside cringe), and have found ways to make this possible on a very small budget. One of my very favorite ways of getting new things is via clothing swaps. And almost every time I mention them, someone asks me how they work.
I figured I would share it here, in case you want to try one with your friends.
A few ground rules that I have:
1. Hold it in a home with a largish space, where clothes can be spread out on tables or couches and can be easily sorted through.
2. Invite friends with somewhat similar clothing styles as you. I would also ask people who are around the same size as you. While not everyone needs to be exactly your size, if you invite someone who is a very different size than you, I would also invite a few other friends similar to the original friend's size. Otherwise it is lame for everyone.
3. Invite friends about 3-4 weeks prior to your event so they have time to sort through their closets and find a few things to bring. Don't forget to remind them a few days before.
4. Ask each guest to bring 8-10 items. I typically include shoes, jewelry, hats and purses in this number.
5. Invite 8-15 people (I think 10-12 is a sweet spot). Many more and you will have an insane amount of clothes, many less, and you might not find many treasures to take home.
6. Bring a small treat. I think a whole spread is unnecessary, but a small treat is always welcome when gathering with friends. At my last one, I brought a pan of my favorite brownies.
7. Donate extra clothing to a local women's shelter or the Salvation Army where they will get put to good use. Make your fun girl's night a way to serve someone else, too.
Am I missing something that you have done that worked splendidly? Leave your ideas in the comments!