Clothing Swap Parties – Have Fun Time With Friends While You Exchange Clothes and Accessories

Your wardrobe might be filled with accessories and designer dresses that don’t fit you anymore. You might also be thinking about how to get rid of your new stilettos that hurt your feet s much.

Well, clothing swapping is the best way to replace your old clothes with new ones, that too without spending a penny more on them. You can arrange clothing swap party and invite your girlfriends who are looking for the similar occasion to get rid of their things.

Such parties give you an opportunity to exchange your old but usable clothes and accessories with the other invitees. Not only is it a great way to connect with people with similar tastes in fashion, it is also a nice way to upgrade your wardrobe for free.

The good news is that there are some online fashion stores that allow men and women to swap clothes. All you need to do is, visit their website, and upload the picture of the items you want to swap. All the swappers who like the item will bid on it, and you can exchange it with the person that has something better to offer to you.

Tips to get clothing – swap party started on your own:-

Select the invitees

Make a list of people who you want to invite to your clothing – swap party. You could invite around 10 of your girlfriends with their all new or gently worn, in good condition, washed and pressed clothes. Make sure you select your invitees keeping their age and dressing style in mind. Even if they dress differently, there is no harm in trying new thing out.

The venue

Choosing an appropriate venue for a clothing swap party is very important. Make sure you get a place where all your guests can fit in comfortably. The place that you choose must have enough mirrors for the guests to try on cloths before they swap. The venue should be big enough for everybody to relax and enjoy the party.

Refreshments

Try not to make the clothes swap party a formal gathering. You could get refreshments, hot or cold beverages and some music for your guests, to ensure they have a great time.

Once you have the list of guest, venue and refreshments in place, you need to focus on how to make your party a success and win-win situation for all. Here are some tips that will help you to survive and manage clothing swap party:-

Limit the items

Limit the items to five, as this will allow you to have much saner swap and there won’t be too many leftovers.

Include accessories

You could also include accessories, as one size does not fit all.

Appropriate guests

Make sure you invite friends with who you want to swap clothes or other accessories, preferably somebody who loves to shop around every month, and has a great taste in fashion.

Uninvited guests

There are chances that some of your uninvited guests may show up, just to get rid of their unwanted stuffs. Thus, keep your event and venue as discreet as you can.

Clothing swap parties can be a great success if you host it properly. Make sure that you make the best out of it.

Ideas For Giving Your Clothes a New Lease of Life

Clothes should never just be discarded of. Whether they’ve shrunk, gone out of fashion, or don’t fit anymore, they can be given a new lease of life. Get creative, and don’t even think about stuffing everything in a bin bag and dumping it. In this day and age it’s all about doing what’s best for the environment, and respecting that others may not have as much money to spend on clothing. We should play our part in ensuring we eradicate the throwaway culture that we’ve become so accustomed to.

Consider just some of the ways you could go about giving your clothes a new lease of life.

Customising

It’s OK to get a bit bored of a piece of clothing you bought a few years ago. Think about what you could to do jazz it up a bit. For a simple yet effective detail you could add buttons or bows to a classic T-shirt, coat or jumper.

Pop into your local haberdashery to see what they have on offer, and chat with the salespeople. They’ll have a few tips up their sleeves, and will be able to advise you on the things you need to buy.
Alternatively, if you wouldn’t call yourself a dab hand at arts and crafts, just dress the item up with jewellery such as brooches, chunky necklaces, or belts.

Donating and Recycling

There are various ways of donating unwanted items of clothing. If you’ve acquired many items, one of the easiest things to do is pick up a donation bag from your local charity shop, and arrange for the bag to be collected from your home. Some charities arrange for neighbourhood-wide collections so you may receive a donation bag in the post with a note announcing the collection date.

If you can manage to carry all the goods yourself, just pop into your local charity shop where donations are accepted and processed at all times. Alternatively, many supermarkets have charity clothing boxes located in their car parks. Just ensure all your clothes are sealed in a plastic bag before disposing of them in the box.

When donating clothes, ensure they are clean and can be resold. Check them over for stains or holes. And use your common sense. Items such as underwear cannot be resold or handed out to those in need for reasons of personal hygiene.

When it comes to old clothes that cannot be re-worn, take these along to your local recycling centre. The scraps will be used to make things such as cloths and stuffing for car seats.

Selling and Swapping

If you’re looking to make some money from your old clothes, organise a yard sale or book yourself a stall at the local flea market or car boot sale. To ensure people actually browse and buy your goods, make the stall presentable by hanging items such as women’s jumpers, dresses and blouses on a rail. Use old suitcases or baskets to present scarves and bags.

If you think your friends might have clothes they’re looking to get rid of too, suggest a clothes swap party. Either host it in your home, a pub or a village hall where there’s lots of space for people to try things on. Serve some refreshments and take silly photos of people wearing all the clothes.

Makeup Bargains – Have a Makeup Swap Party

Any of you who know me, know that I love a bargain and I love saving money. So finding ways to have beautiful, frugal makeup is a topic that endlessly interests me.

Other blog articles have given you tips on finding bargain makeup and discount makeup. This article has other ideas for saving money on makeup.

Twice a year, a bunch of my friends get together and hold a clothes swap party. Sometimes we bring accessories, but mostly it’s focused on clothing, friendship, giggling, clearing out our closets, and getting new clothes too.

At the end, leftover clothing is donated to a local women’s shelter.

You can do something similar with unwanted makeup.

What do you do when you have a bunch of makeup that you isn’t working for you? You can’t donate it to a charity like you could clothing.

So what do you need for a makeup swap party?

Lots of mirrors. You could have everyone bring one in addition to their unwanted makeup. A big table. Everyone comes in with the makeup they don’t want and can leave with a new makeup wardrobe.

The #1 issue with a makeup swap party is keeping everything sanitary so that you’re not swapping more than makeup back and forth!

Here are some makeup swap tips:

If part of the festivities involves giving each other makeovers, each person playing makeup artist should wash their hands first.

Have the following supplies available or ask people to bring them:

* makeup remover
* cotton swabs
* hand disinfectant
* cotton balls or cosmetic applicator sponges that are disposable
* tissue paper
* eyeshadow disposable applicators if you can get them
* makeup brushes (have everyone bring their own), along with brush cleaner
* cosmetics pencil sharpeners for small and thick pencils

Here are specific tips on mascara, eyeshadow, blusher, eyeliner, foundation, and more.

Mascara is not a good item to swap. In fact, you should discard your mascara every 4 months. Not only does it dry out, but you can easily transfer germs by sharing a mascara brush with someone. If you don’t like your mascara, throw it out!

Powder or Cream Eyeshadow can be swapped but to keep it sanitary, buff off the first layer of shadow with a clean piece of cloth or a piece of tissue.

If you can find disposable applicators, once it’s been sanitized by wiping it off, you won’t have to do it again for the rest of the party.

Liquid Eyeliner is just like mascara. Toss it! This is not an item you want to share with others.

Cake Foundation or Compact Powder buff off the first layer and feel free to pass it on.

Eyepencils and Lip Pencils can be sharpened to a brand new tip and then used. Just make sure you sharpen the Eye Pencil or Lip Pencil all the way down so that the new person is using a brand new tip.

Lipsticks you can wipe off with a soft cloth or tissue paper.

Fragrances and Perfumes are easy to swap. But the same perfume can smell different from one person to another, so be sure to try it out.

All cosmetics have a shelf life. So if the swap item is really old, or smells funny, just toss it.

I’d love to hear your makeup swap tips or hear about your makeup swap parties.