Since it had been a couple of months since the last one, we had a clothes-swapping party at my place last night. Which was fun, as always!
For those who don’t know how a clothes swapping party works, here’s how we run our ones…
Firstly, invite a bunch of lovely girls. Everyone goes through their wardrobe and pulls out anything they don’t want anymore (things that don’t fit, that they don’t wear, or that they just don’t like) that’s in decent condition. Clothes, bags, shoes, jewellery, books, it’s all good! Then we all bring along our stash of unwanted stuff and, while eating random little nibbles, we sit in a circle in a room and take turns showing what we bought. General show-and-tell styles – people go through their unwanted-stash and hold things up one at a time, telling everyone a little bit about them as they go. Where they are from, what size they are, maybe why they’re getting rid of them or a memory they had with them. Then the item gets put on the floor in the middle of the room, and anyone who is interested in it grabs it to try on later. Continue around the circle, until everyone has played show-and-tell with their unwanted-stash. Then, it’s try-on time! (It pays to have a couple of rooms where people can try on stuff, by the way. And plenty of mirrors, if possible.) Everyone tries on what they are interested in. If things don’t fit or they just don’t look right, they go back into the central pile. If more than one person wants the same item, it generally defaults to the person with the least number of items they want to take home. Failing that, hold a fashion-off, where both people try it on and the rest of the group decides who should have it. (Thankfully, we have never had blood-shed at any of the parties. Although it got close once! Eek!)
Then, at the end of the night, everything that’s left that no one wants gets bundled up and given to charity. No more unwanted wardrobe clutter, new things for everyone to wear, and feel-good vibes from giving stuff to charity. All good!
So, last nights swap was a little bit smaller than usual. Only six of us, as it turns out. But we all got to take fun things home, so it was all good! It’s always great seeing people get all excited about something new, and the person who bought that item along getting all excited that something they used to love it going to a new home where it will be loved again.
I got a couple of super-awesome things from last nights swap. So excited, can’t wait to wear them! My favourites are a long black knit dress with a v-neck, that will be super-fantastic for work for winter. And another dress, in crazy retro orange/yellow/cream floral. Tulip style, so it comes in just under the knees (odd to walk in, coz it sort of hugs your knees with a knit band!) and with a sash belt around the waist. So cute!! Got a funky handbag as well, made of what looks like airline seatbelts in a variety of colours. Happy wardrobe times!! (And, as per usual, I’m now looking at the rest of my wardrobe, wondering what to cull for the next swap. Hah.)