I got an invite from Maggie to visit her sister-in-law's studio, Room to Move, and spent a couple of hours organizing, then picking out, new-to-me clothes. I ended up with two brand-name suits, three pairs of shoes, a great pair of jeans and a bunch of cute tops. And my closet is a little less packed of stuff I don't wear. Win/Win.
Here are a few ideas to make your clothing swap a success.
|Look at all these treasures!|
- Invite lots of people. More people = more clothes. Invite a diverse array of people to ensure different sizes ans styles.
- Print out signs for organization. We organized the stuff into a few basic zones: accessories, men's clothing, housewares, children's items and then women's stuff from small to large. The number of categories you have will be dependent on how much space you have.
- Ask everyone to pitch in when putting the stuff together. It makes it go faster.
- Let everyone start picking out clothes at the same time.
- Keep the bags and boxes people brought their stuff in. Your swappers will need something to take their new treasures home in.
- If you attend a clothing swap, wear clothes you can try stuff on over. Maggie is a genius and wore leggings. I was jealous.
- Donate everything that's leftover to Goodwill. Keep the giving going!