Any girl can tell you that refreshing a wardrobe can be a very expensive ordeal. Clothes, shoes, and accessories aren’t free after all. But if you are on a tight budget, a swap party may be just what you need.
Swap parties are a great way for you and your friends to get together, have some fun, and walk away with a whole new wardrobe for free!
Here’s how you can host your very own clothing swap party to refresh your closet:
Pick a Date and Send Some Invitations!
Decide when and where you want to have a swap party, and then send invitations (text, email, and Facebook are best these days) to your friends with great fashion sense, or people whose clothes you love. If you want to increase attendance, have your friends tell their friends about the event too. Be sure to tell them what the “rules” of the party are too.
Some common rules are:
- You can’t take more items home than what you brought, so note how many items you came with.
- Only bring clothes, shoes, and accessories in good condition. Nothing with stains or holes is allowed.
- Clothes should be laundered and pressed, if needed.
- Each person should bring a snack to share.
Swap Party Myth:
Not everyone invited must wear the same size. Even if everyone wears different size of clothes, you can still swap accessories and possibly shoes. Some clothing can also be easily altered to fit different shapes and sizes with belts or a few stitches by a seamstress.
Do try to have girls of different shapes and sizes there so everyone has at least one person to swap with. If the party has a large attendance, there might even be several people of one size and several of another size at the same party.
Clean up your place.
Get ready for the swap party by clearing clutter from the room where you will have the party. Make sure you have spots designated and labeled for different types of clothing, like: bottoms, tops, jackets and outerwear, shoes, handbags, and accessories and jewelry.
You should also have a separate room for changing and trying on clothes with a full-length mirror (if possible).
Clothing racks are a nice touch if you have them available for hanging items.
Keep things fair.
If you have a large group, have everyone pull a number out of a hat or draw straws to see who gets to “shop” first. Give a time limit, like 5-7 minutes, and then let the next person go.
Have everyone “shop” in the same order each time. Keep the party fun and have people “model” things they are unsure of. A swap party is a great time to try out a new style, after all the new clothes aren’t costing you anything more than the things you brought to trade.
Donate the leftovers.
There are bound to be some leftovers at the end of the party. Find a local charity shop to take any leftovers from the party. After everyone is done shopping, bag up the leftovers while guests are still mingling and snacking. This will help guests whose stuff wasn’t taken to not feel bad about what they brought.
If your swap party is a success, you can consider doing one each fall and spring to help spice your wardrobe for the next season. Sometimes even having a themed swap party can be fun!
Have you ever been to a swap party? Was it fun and successful?
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