How To Host the Perfect Clothing Swap (And Why You Should!)

So the rule is: anything you have in your closet that you haven’t worn in a year, get rid of it. I don’t know about you, but this is so hard for me. My closet is filled with clothes that haven’t fit me since I was in high school, but I just can’t bear to part with. Or pieces that I love… In theory… But somehow never make it out the house.

Here’s what to do with all of these clothes: host a clothing swap! It’s an excellent, super fun way to get rid of your old clothes that are just taking up space in the closet, as well as to get some “new” clothes in the process!

Here are the best tips I have for hosting the perfect clothing swap!

1.Must Have Wine and Food. This is a must for all parties, but it makes it feel less like a shopping expedition, and more like a girl’s night. When I participated in a clothing swap recently, our gracious host went simple: some delicious veggie pizzas, veggies and hummas, and of course, brownies.

2. Have The Space for the Clothes! We just laid all of the clothes out on the bed. We had one person hold up all the garments up for grabs, so we could all take a peek and DIBS when the moment was right. I think you could also empty out a closet and make for more of a “shopping” feel if that’s what you were going with—but this worked just fine, and was no hassle.

3. Have a Tie-Breaker. We went with rock paper scissors– any time more than one person wanted an item, we’d brawl for it RPS style. We also considered some kind of bidding– and I think if you were doing one with some nicer garments that would be the way to go. But, RPS worked for us pretty well! Just some way to keep it fair, and keep the fighting over clothes to a minimum.

4. Try On Session is a Must. Not only does it help you decide if you really want the clothes (after all this is mostly about purging), but it’s hilarious to watch your friends try on your discards. Sometimes it makes you wish you had a different shape because man that dress is as cute as you thought it was, just not on you. Or sometimes it makes you remember why you got rid of that thing in the first place.

6.Enjoy Your New Buys! Last, but certainly not least, relish in your new finds, even if it’s just one or two things. I made out with 2 great blazers, a great pair of shoes, some adorable dresses, and some cute tops! All from getting rid of my old clothes that were just taking up space in my closet.

My first clothing swap was a complete success. I cannot wait to do another. Trust me– it’s a must do! 

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