Save The Earth and Money—Swap Clothes


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Growing up, my younger sister and I would borrow each other’s clothes all the time.  The practice continued with my High School and College friends.  I can’t help but laugh when I look at old photos of myself and friends, all outfitted from one person’s closet.

With Wednesday being Earth Day, and the fact that the economy is still trying to pick itself up out of this recession, swap parties have become a popular way of saving money and embracing some eco-friendly ideals.

The idea is to gather a group of friends, each of whom bring 4 or more items of clothing, jewelry, accessories or shoes, to swap with other friends.  These items may be new or gently used items that you no longer find a need for.  In return, you get to take home an equal number of items—thus preventing them from decomposing (or not) in a landfill.

If you are thinking of having a Swap Party, here are a few tips:

  • Grab a Large Group of Friends.  The bigger the party the better. 
  • Encourage Each Person to Bring Anything of Value.  This could be apparel, shoes, accessories, jewelry and even unused cosmetics or hair products.  Don’t forget the maternity wear too.  You may be done having kids, but there may be someone at the party who is planning on having children soon.
  • Food, Music and Libation!  The best way to save money is to make the party a pot luck, where each guest brings a dish to pass.  Then you need some inspiring, up beat music to get everyone in the mood.  Last, but certainly not least, enjoy a few cocktails with the girls while you relax.  You may also want to have some non-alcoholic drinks on hand for those who wish to abstain and your pregg-0 gal pals.
  • Rock the Runway.  Now that everyone is in a comfortable frame of mind, turn the music up and have everyone show off their new looks with a little runway show!

If the Swap Party doesn’t appeal to you, or if you have more of an entrepreneurial spirit, you could sell your clothes on e-bay or—a virtual swap party from around the world.  One can swap anything from clothes to CDs.

Has anyone attended or hosted a swap party?  If so, let us know what your experience was like.

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