FREE Clothes, Accessories and Toys – How to Host a Swap Party

It’s time to put on sweaters, scarves and boots, but your budget just won’t allow for any fall clothes shopping. So, what to do? Organize a swap party with your friends. It’s clothes shopping and a party all rolled into one! You’ll get rid of clothing, accessories or childrens toys that you no longer use, and you’ll leave the party with new found treasures!

Here’s how the swap party works:

  1. Invite friends to a clothing swap. If you invite lots of girls (like a church group), you can have various sizes to offer. If you want just a small group of friends, make sure they all wear the same size.
  2. Each person brings 5 pieces of gently used clothing (or whatever amount you determine).
  3. Round 1 begins…each guest draws a number, and the person drawing #1 picks a piece of clothing, then #2 and so on.
  4. Round 2 begins…each guest draws a new number and then proceeds as above. Drawing numbers at the beginning of each round is the best way to insure that the same person doesn’t always get first choice.
  5. Continue until all the clothing is gone, and then head to your closet with your “new” clothes.
  6. A swap party is even easier with accessories (costume jewelry, purses and scarves) because you don’t have to worry about sizes! We all have accessories that we don’t wear anymore, or they were gifts that we never wore because they just weren’t our style.
  7. How about a swap party with children’s clothing or even toys!
  8. Of course, you don’t have to do the numbers…it just turns the swap into more of a game! Your swap can be as simple as come with 5 pieces of clothing or accessories or toys and leave with 5 new pieces of clothing or accessories or toys!

A swap party is like having lots of sisters that you can trade stuff with! I’m always envious of friends that have lots of sisters that always trade clothes, accessories and kids stuff. I only have one sister, she’s a size 0, and I am not!

Have fun on a budget!

Tips For a Great Clothing Swap Party

My closet and drawers are full of clothes. Being a shopaholic may be why I purchase many types of clothes which I only occasionally wear. I admit it: my closet is full of clothes I never use. Having a clothing swap seems like the perfect solution – the idea is that you shop until you drop, without spending!

A clothing swap is distinguished from a yard sale by this very thing. The great thing is that you might even be able to grab a shirt that you like. Some people just can’t allow themselves to wear clothes knowing that they belonged to someone else. This is common – but you’re going to have to adjust yourself to this one way or another. You might be wondering how as “How clean are those?”

This is of course, perfectly normal. So be sure that your garments have been washed with fabric conditioner, and have been folded or hung. This will count as bonus points if you hold a clothing swap in your neighborhood.

If you are going to swap garments, gather them all and choose clothes that are quite acceptable. Choose all shapes and sizes. Try clothes of all shapes and sizes. Select a venue to hold the swap. Sure, it can be your own home; just make sure your customers will have somewhere to try on the clothes and have a long mirror if possible.

Ask your friends to your home. All you need is in the region of 20 people to get the message around. You should advise them to get the garments which they do not mind exchanging and the time and place for the big day. Get them to drop off clothes earlier to the event place so you can classify the types of clothes. Don’t forget shoes, bags or even jewelery if you like!

Have someone take guests’ names. You may need to draw lots for people who would want the same article. A lottery is the most equitable way to select the lucky client; other methods could involve costs.

Now you get to be the customer too! Clothing swaps are perfect for girly bonding. Matching outfits is a really fun thing to do. Try your some friend’s clothes – you do not have anything to lose. No matter which way you look at it – you’ll have a win-win outcome.

Second Hand Clothes – The Importance of Care and Repair

If you love investing in second hand designer clothes and swapping or selling your second hand designer clothes, it is vital that you know how to care for them and repair them when necessary. In a rebellion against the rampant consumerism and fast fashion, many people are now opting to buy quality designer clothes and then swap or sell them for second hand designer clothes when they feel like a change.

The fast fashion approach over the last few years has seen a disappearance of care and repair of clothing. Instead people opt to through the clothes away and start again. A quality piece of clothing is an investment and should be treated as one. It can provide you with years or wear and will have a superior cut and quality of fabric than a cheaper piece of clothing. It can also act as currency when looking to update your wardrobe and can be swapped at a swishing (clothes swapping) party or on a clothes swapping website.

A valuable and treasured piece of clothing should be stored very careful to help preserve it’s beauty and shape. Wooden coat hangers are the best for hanging clothes on, knitted and woollen items should neatly folded and stored with cedar wood balls to stop moths. Very delicate items should be folded and wrapped in acid free tissue paper. You should pay careful attention to washing and drying instructions on the labels of clothes to avoid damage or shrinkage. Bad stains should be tackled immediately and if unable to remove try taking to a dry cleaner o specialist clothes cleaning company.

Simple repairs like replacing buttons, sewing hems and sewing up small tears can be done straightaway. For more serious damage a seamstress may be able to use their expert skills to make your clothing look as good as new again. For second hand clothing that does not fit quite right, it is also well worth employing the services of a seamstress to make alternations and get that perfect fit.