Keeping yourself looking good on a budget can be a real challenge, especially with the price of new clothes these days. Luckily there’s a thrifty solution to the problem: hosting a clothes swap party.
What is a clothes swap party?
An extension of the concept of recycling, it’s a great way to swap out that piece (or those items) of clothing/accessory you:
- Grabbed on a whim, only to find that it doesn’t go with anything else in your wardrobe
- Bought in the vain hope that you’ll soon fit into it
- Have worn a few times and you’re tired of it
- Have worn many times and feel it’s time for a change
How does it work?
Basically you get a bunch of friends together who all bring clothes they’d like to swap. With six to eight people with similar taste, you’ll have a nice selection to choose from. If they’re a similar size, even better, although for many items like bags, belts, scarves and jewellery, that won’t matter. Over a few drinks and snacks, you try on whatever takes your fancy, and then you each get to take home what works for you.
What you’ll need
You’ll need space and chairs for everyone, plus a few small tables for drinks and snacks. A rack or clothes line with hangers or a large table where you can lay clothes out works well. You’ll also need a few mirrors, preferably full length. Since you’ll be changing in public, remind everyone beforehand to wear full underwear/a swimming costume, depending on what they’re comfortable with.
Set some ground rules
Clothes should be:
- Clean and preferably ironed
- In good condition
- Labelled with a size if possible
To keep things fair:
- Everyone should be able to go home with the same number of clothes they arrived with
- Take turns to choose an item
- If two people want the same item, flip a coin or let others decide who looks best in it
If you have clothes left over or that aren’t in good enough condition to swap, there are plenty of organisations that will be happy to take them off your hands.
14 May was Clothes Donation Day at Studentdigz. Maybe you even took some of your old gear to the drop-off points from where we delivered them to shelters, homes and orphanages where they will be much appreciated. If you did, thank you – if you missed out, now’s your chance to stage your own clothes swap party and donate whatever you are left with to an organisation nearby.