Clothing Swap

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Pug socks and cute black heels? Clearly, this is a fashion statement waiting to catch on! πŸ˜‰

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Ok, maybe not.

I actually attended my first Clothing Swap this afternoon and tried on a potential pair of “new” heels. I just happen to be sporting my favorite, super soft pug socks! πŸ˜‰

Before I tell you about the Clothing Swap, let’s talk about the food! πŸ˜€

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Dips and desserts dominated the spread, which was totally fine by me! I love Buffalo Chicken Dip and Spinach Artichoke Dip, so I loaded up my plate with veggies and started dipping!

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I bypassed the wine, but headed straight for the dessert table.

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I pretty much sampled one of each! πŸ˜‰

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Ok, let me tell you about the Clothing Swap. It was a lot of fun.

About a month ago, Marie andΒ Steph sent an Evite inviting me to a Clothing Swap, where guests (usually women) bring unwanted clothing to swap with one another. Basically, it’s like Goodwill meets Filene’s Basement.

At first, I was skeptical about the whole thing. I mean, what type of clothing would I get from the swap? And who the heck would want my clothing!?Β But, once the swap started, I was pleasantly surprised about what ensued.

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There were eight women at the swap and each of us brought at least one bag full of clothing.

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After munching on appetizers for awhile, Steph and Marie instructed everyone to dump their clothing onto the bed , so they could organized it by size.

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We even had an accessories table, which included purses, shoes, belts, hats, jewelry, and the like.

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To start, we picked numbers to determine the “swapping” order. One-by-one, we each had a chance to go into the bedroom, check out the goods, try things on, and pick an item for ourselves.

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As you can imagine, this process took awhile, so once everything picked a couple of items, the swap turned into a (friendly) free-for-all. Thankfully, there were lots of different styles, sizes, and tastes, so no one argued.

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We all found some great pieces!

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And some not-so-great ones! πŸ˜†

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(My sister actually took the orange jumpsuit home with her!)

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I cleaned up with my picks! πŸ˜€

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After about two hours of swapping, we ended up with pile of clothing that nobody wanted, so we donated it to the Goodwill.

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Taking home a whole bunch of free and “new” clothing was such a great feeling. But, finding owners for my old clothing felt even better. It’s nice to know where my “donated” clothing end up. And, of course, it’s nice to know where my “new” clothing came from.Β A Clothing Swap seems like a win-win for everyone involved, so, before you donate your clothing, think about hosting one! πŸ˜€

If you want to organize your own Clothing Swap, check out these great tips!

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65 Comments

  1. i’ve scored some great stuff through clothing swaps! i haven’t been to any in a long time. may be time to organize one. thanks for the reminder.

  2. i haven’t had to buy new clothes in the last 3 years b/c i host (and now my friends do too) a swap every few months. i just scheduled my next one for january, perfect for new year’s resolutions to clean out the closet!

  3. What a great idea! I have a lot of stuff that’s in good condition but I never wear. Some things even have tags on them still! I used to let my sister pick through once a year, but her style is so different from mine I never was able to get rid of much. Sounds like a clothing swap would be more productive πŸ™‚

  4. I’ve done a few clothing swaps before and I’ve gotten some really great stuff! (Some of which I wore out completely) They’re a great idea!

  5. Love this idea..just did it with some girlfriends where we brought fancy dresses. All dresses that didn’t get picked were sent to a charity for girls that cannot afford Prom/ Homecoming dresses

  6. Hi Tina,
    I meant to ask you early today for a good recipe of some kind of Thanksgiving “Fix ins” idea. I usually make a green bean casserole but that’s so dull now. Any ideas?
    And I had to much fun today! We are so having another Swapping Party for our summer wardrobes!

  7. I attend clothing swaps once in awhile. It’s nice to pick up a few new-to-me pieces and donate the ones that nobody really wants. πŸ™‚

  8. I would’ve gone STRAIGHT for the shoes! (Actually, the dessert table and then teh shoes, but that’s only logical, right?)

    Also, I LOVE your pig socks!

  9. Oh I should so do this! I have so many clothes that I look at every day and just never wear. I think the reason I don’t throw it away is that I do “like” the clothes, maybe they just don’t look great on me and I’m hoping one day I will put them on and they magically will! Swapping them with other women at something like this might be just the answer!! x

  10. Hey Tina! I actually go to A LOT of clothing swaps because I’m a broke broke lady. They’re a lot of fun and a great way to get some great clothes and meet new people. If you’re interested in attending more in MA, let me know, I can email you invites!

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