Clothing Swap

Clothing Swap

 

What is a clothing swap?

Here is an example of an invitation description. 

1. Clean out your closet/house. Gather clothes (of any season), shoes, jewelry, accessories AND small household items (i.e. picture frames, placemats, candles, books etc.) that you no longer want or use.

2. Bring them to {your house}  on {date of your choice} where we will take a few minutes to sort by category. You can bring one thing, a few things or a lot of things…your choice!

3. In an organized fashion, we will swap our awesome stuff and get to “shop”! (And enjoy snacks & each other’s wonderful company).

4. All unwanted items will be donated to {choose donation center}.

Why do this? 

Because it’s fun! And who doesn’t love motivation to clean out your closet? Plus…free stuff is amazing!

12 Tips For Hosting Your Clothing Swap

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Decide on a theme

In other words, what will you be swapping? Do you want to swap kid clothes & items or adult clothes? This will influence who you will invite.

Find a friend to co-host

This is the person who will be your listening ear as you are planning. They should be someone who is passionate about thrifty deals and recognizes the planning will take some hard work. They will come early for setup, help you spread the word…basically this kind of event can’t happen successfully without a friend.

Send invites in more than one way

About a month in advance you should have your invites ready. Many people will have prior plans or may not be interested. I suggest using a site like Evite to get the word out. Collect people’s email via Facebook message or text a few people you would love to have there. They will feel loved to have you reach out to them. If you are struggling to get attendees, allow friends to bring their friends. Remember, unless you get enough interest it’s not going to work.

Gather Items in advance

Encourage people to bring you items in advance for easier setup. You can start to sort items as you collect them.

Donations

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Allow people to donate to the swap even if they can’t attend the event. You might motivate someone to clean out their closet.

Utilize your Space

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Use all the space in your home, not just one room. It helps the flow of the event to let people roam to different spaces. Make designated space for specific items.

Keep it organized

Make a map! Make signs labeling different spaces. I had everyone pic a piece of paper to start in a different place. Then they would follow their map to the next space. This kept a flow.

Create categories

…specific to your type of swap. For my adult clothing swap, I included these categories:

  • accessories
  • pants & skirts
  • short sleeve shirts
  • long sleeve shirts & jackets
  • shoes
  • dresses
  • miscellaneous (this included small housewares) This is nice for anyone who doesn’t feel like trying on clothes but wants to come and hang out

For my kid’s clothing swap, I included these categories:

  • toys/books/movies
  • shoes
  • equipment
  • maternity
  • girls clothes 0-12 months
  • boys clothes 0-12 months
  • every size separated up to our 5T + section

Create a dressing room

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I got a curtain rod and a shower curtain and put it in a small nook in my downstairs space.

Everyone wins!

Allow everyone one to take 1-2 items from each section and then let it be a free for all! This way every gets something they love.

Snacks

Have a few snacks. Some people will want to take breaks. Have light refreshments. You could even have friends bring some food so you don’t have to get everything. Utilize the option of “What to Bring” on Evite!

Have fun!

This is not a worthwhile event unless you make it fun. Give yourself plenty of time to prep and plan to avoid stress. Do as much setup in advance. Lean on your co-host when you start to feel stressed. And even though you are hosting, don’t neglect to participate in the event!


♥ Thrifty Pittsburgh Girl

 

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