Two Glorious Words: Fashion Swap!

If you’ve never been to a Fashion Swap, you are missing the boat.    Get rid of clothes you don’t love, get new clothes for free – what’s not to like?

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I’ve attended several of these over the last several years, and I’ve even hosted a few myself.  You just get a dozen or so women together to bring their fashion cast-offs – clothes, shoes, jewelry, purses, accessories.   And don’t think you all have to be the same size – I got several items from a girl who is 6 inches shorter than me.  You never know how things might fit you until you try them on!

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We never set a minimum or maximum limit on what you have to bring.  Believe me, there is always enough to go around!

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The host of this Fashion Swap is a client and a friend, and she was kind enough to provide delicious goodies for us to snack on throughout the afternoon as we “shopped.”

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This is how it works:  divide things into different rooms.  One room for tops/coats, one for dresses/pants/skirts, and one for shoes/ purses/jewelry/scarves. 

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Divide participants up into 3 groups and allow them to shop in one room for 20 minutes.  We were allowed 3 things from each room on the first go around.

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After everyone has shopped each room once, they can choose 5 things in next go around.  Then it’s just a free-for-all.  So here was my haul:

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Some of my fave finds included a black leather coat, ankle boots, a bohemian skirt, and a couple of funky dinner rings.  When it’s over, there are always lots of clothes left.  No worries – we always donate these to a worthy cause or a non-profit.  It’s a win-win!  Now if I can only come up with a way to do one of these swaps with decor items . . .

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Comments

  1. Dianne Tant says:

    well….thanks for posting this Kristie….it was a great party…

  2. Michelle D’s sister here. ;-) Looks like so much fun! Wish I could have come. The Nester did a decor swap once. Here’s a link: http://www.thenester.com/2009/08/how-to-have-a-swap-meet.html
    Love your blog. Blessings!

  3. Kristie, this is so awesome – you always have the best things to share when it comes to girlfriend get-togethers, gatherings and fun! I love this format. What a great idea… and I’m all in for a decor swap!

  4. We have a HUGE fashion swap in my community every Fall. 100’s of woman bring as many items of clothing as they wish and for each item brought you are given one token. It is set up in a huge function hall. Each token allows you to choose one item. I go every year and fill in my wardrobe with something new and free! It is such a blast and whatever is left after the event is donated to charity.

  5. take the fashion swap online! http://www.refashioner.com — check out refashioner for eternal wardrobe refreshment… :)

  6. This is such a great idea! I love the decor swap idea too!

  7. Thanks for the post. Yes, a decor swap is a great idea. You could always host it in a local hotel, community center, or apartment complex clubhouse (if you know anyone with access to one). I like Linda’s ‘token’ idea too! Yeap, yeap, do it, do it, do it Kristie. And puhleez invite your online community. :-)

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