Unwanted Clothes + Friends = Clothing-Swap Party Fun
By Hattie MacAndrews
Don’t know what to do with that slinky Calvin Klein dress you never quite fit into? How about those killer stilettos that kill your toes? Out with the old, in with the new, and hold onto your wallets with a great girls’ night in—a clothing-swap party. Clothing swaps are pure genius. You take your unwanted, gently or never-worn clothes to a gathering with your girlfriends and trade—way better than baseball cards! Welcome to sustainable, free shopping.
Get a Clothing-Swap Party Started
Select the invites to the clothing swap: Get 10 girlfriends to bring about a dozen items each, all new or gently worn, washed, pressed, and in good condition. Keep in mind guests’ ages, style preferences, and clothing sizes. And be careful—those stretchy polka-dot leggings may have been great while pregnant, but now? Not so much.
Where to host a clothing swap: Make sure your guests will fit comfortably, with enough mirrors and space for everyone to sit and relax!
What’s a clothing-swap party without refreshments? Shake up some cocktails—read My Mixed Tape of Cocktail Recipes.
Establish Clothing-Swap Rules
Plan ahead and decide how the clothing swap will work. Remember, you don’t want things to get personal. This is wardrobe refill without maxing out your plastic—or your friendships.