Well it’s Spring and it’s time to switch up a few things in your closet. If financing a new wardrobe for the Spring is an issue, have a Swap Party with your girlfriends! Swap Parties are the latest trend in getting some new clothing or accessories without spending a dime. And for some of us, just another excuse to have a party and socialize! So go through your closet and select the items that you have fallen out of love with or maybe are too big because you stuck to your guns all during the winter season and shedded some unwanted pounds! Please make sure that they are clean and in good condition, have plenty of food and drinks and start swapping!
To really make the party one where you don’t have to return home with things that you don’t want: donate to a charity like Dress for Success.
Make a guest list for your swishing party. Try to include several groups of like-size people.
Ask your guests to bring at least one item but more if possible. Ask them to not limit their choices to clothing. Accessories, shoes, handbags, unused makeup or anything fashionable. Books and videos on makeup application, color or fashion choices are also good ideas.
Set guidelines on the quality of the fashion-swap items. Ask them to bring up-to-date fashions that are clean and in good condition.
Prepare a fitting room. Someone may want to try on an article of clothing before choosing to swap.
Keep it fair so one person doesn’t leave with an armload and another empty handed. One idea is to have them draw numbers, and select an item when their number is called. If someone else wants the item they’ve chosen, then they can object and try to make a deal with her. If someone brought three items, then they would have three choices.
Separate the clothing and accessories as your guests arrive into categories, such as value, type and size.