Closet Clean-up 101- Clothes Swap

by VeganHousewives on February 7, 2012

Clothing SwapIf you’re anything (read hoarders) like us, you probably have more clothes than you do closet space. We were tired of smashing all of our clothes into our closets, so we decided to host a clothing swap. Neither of us had ever been to one before, but we went for it anyway.

We invited a bunch of our fashionable friends & told them to bring all of the clothes, shoes, and accessories that they don’t wear anymore. We all met at my house, sat around the fire, drank vegan hot cocoa (ok, there was wine, too) & rummaged through clothes.

Clothes Swap After a bit of chit chatting & hanging out we started sifting through the clothes. They were put into piles on the dining room table (we should have thought of a better organization system), and within minutes all of the little piles became one massive mountain of clothes.

We all tried things on, put back whatever didn’t fit, added what we liked to our “yes” pile, and then we did it all over again. There was one unanimously loved dress that the majority of us tried on.  The fit was a little weird on most of us, so we just kept passing it around until a perfect fit was found.

I kept a few dresses, sweaters, a western shirt, and some bangles. Despite not wanting to add to an already packed closet, Kortney took home a few things too. Most of the clothes that I kept were not things that I’d usually pick out at a shop , but I totally love them all & have been complemented on several times for wearing them. That’s one of the reasons I really liked the idea of a clothing swap – you get to try new looks without spending any money on it. After the swap we stuffed all the extras back into garbage bags. I took a few extra things for some refashions & DIYs & the rest was donated.

Clothes Swap AccessoriesHere are a few tips that may be helpful in your next swap:

  1. Invite everyone, whether you have similar taste or not, and keep it open so that friends of friends can attend too.  This way you can discover new things & meet new people.
  2. Don’t be afraid to bring menswear & children’s clothes.  These items can often be turned into something girly & cute!
  3. It isn’t a party without food & drinks.  Whether it is hot chocolate, wine, or snacks – eating/drinking brings people together! You could even make it a potluck!
  4. Try things on.  This is a great way to not only get the opinion of others but to also prevent the re-cluttering of that newly cleaned closet.
  5. Organize the items.  Trust us: if you don’t, you just end up with a gigantic, intimidating mound of clothing.
  6. Don’t forget accessories!

We had so much fun, and will definitely do it again! Have you ever hosted or attended a clothing swap? Do you have any tips for how to organize the clothes for easier access?

  • { 2 comments… read them below or add one }

    Lisa February 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Love this idea and want to plan one soon


    Nadia February 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I love this idea! Sounds like you guys had fun.


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