Is your closet busting out with clothes you don’t wear? They don’t fit, they’ve gone out of style or you really shouldn’t have bought them in the first place? Does it seem a shame to just let them hang there taking up valuable closet space?
Do you need a good excuse to get out of the house in the evening? Are you starving for some adult conversation, preferably with some like-minded ladies? Would it help if there was wine and cookies?
I can solve both of your problem in three words.
Clothing Swap Party.
About four years ago my friend Randi invited me to my first party. I had no idea what to expect. My instructions included cleaning out my closet and bringing any and all clothes that I no longer wear. Any clothes left at the end of the party would be donated to charity. Bring a beverage and a snack to share.
Okay. I’m in.
Once everybody arrives at the party you lay out the clothes that you have brought in piles. We do tops in the den. Pants, skirts and dresses in the living room. When it’s all set Randi says go and it’s up to you to find your treasure. It’s shopping really. Except whatever you choose is free. Everybody has there own shopping style. Some of us hang back and check out what others are looking at. Some dive right in and are trying stuff on before you know what’s happening. Sometimes you have to be quick though or you might get caught in a challenge.
A challenge occurs when two people want the same piece. Each party must try on the desired item and the rest of us get to decide who gets it. I know what you’re thinking. That’s not fair…or very nice. So far no punches have been thrown and no friendships lost over a challenge. We are all respectful and kind. Of course, if something you try on just isn’t right we don’t let you take it home. We do, after all, have to see you on the schoolyard at pick up the next day.
Conversation is always interesting at these events. Put a dozen or so moms in a room, drinking wine and eating chocolate and just about any topic is fair game.
“At least twice a night”
“God no. The number of times my daughter gets out of bed every night”
“That shirt would be like boob floss on me”
“At least you have boobs to floss”
“Who brought fruit? Oh no wait, there’s chocolate on there too. Never mind”
I personally have picked up some amazing pieces over the years. In fact I wore a pair of American Eagle Bermuda shorts today that got at a party two years ago that I love. Last fall I picked up a black padded vest (on a challenge) that is now a staple in my winter wardrobe. I even scored some great work shirts one time without even going to the party. It helps to have friends who know what you like. I’ve gotten jeans, boots, workout gear, hats and some fabulous shirts.
There are so many great reasons to start having or attending clothing swap parties. There’s the social aspect. It’s a night out with good friends a lots of laughs. There’s the financial gain. Free clothes. Need I say more. And lastly there’s the knowledge that whatever isn’t taken is going to charity. It’s what my daughter would call a win win win. I would call it one of The Best Things in Life.