So we may be a little late on the spring cleaning, but we're approaching fall (cue obligatory white girl pumpkin-spiced squeal) and that means a little wardrobe rearranging. Digging out all your clothes for a new season always has you going, "Why do I even own that?," "Did I ever even wear this?" or more likely, "Crap, why does this not fit me anymore?" That's where the clothing swap saves the day!
I hosted my second clothing swap at my house recently — or as one of my friend's husband's calls it, a drunken Goodwill (duh, there was boozy punch). So far, they have been a huge hit — basically, you clean out your closet, bring all the stuff you don't want, get to go through everyone else's stuff that they don't want, take new clothes home, and everything that's left over (in this case, 9 trash bags worth) gets donated. Win win win.
Both occasions included inviting basically anyone I knew and having them bring their friends (bonus points if their friends have adorable style, obvi) and rifling through mountains of clothing. Seriously, the last swap had so much clothing it was ridiculous.
During the first swap, we considered having a take-a-number system to make it fair, but honestly, enough of us had different styles and sizes that everyone got to take home something that they loved. The only rules we established for the clothing swap were no money could be involved and everything at the end went to charity. Mostly, what happens is everyone got to go through and pick out pile of clothing they liked, they got to try it on and if anyone else also equally liked that item, they could also try it on and negotiate. No cat fights here! Just happy ladies gettin' some free clothing!
So, go ahead and host your own! Maybe start with a quick read of "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" to inspire that closet clean-out you really need? They're a huge hit and a great way to meet new friends while you take their old clothing to rejuvenate your closet without making your wallet sad. Put some snacks out, grab some cocktails and get to cleaning out those closets!
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