Post # 1
Has anyone ever done one before?!
I was thinking about putting one together for a bunch of my friends because I clean out my closet 4-6 times a year and always have TONS of stuff that I give away to friends but would love to do a swap and get some new things also.
If you have done them before any tips? How do you make it so everyone gets stuff and gets rid of stuff.
Post # 3
I’ve never really done this officially, but mainly because I am currently giving away cloths because of weight loss.
My best friend (and MOH) and I have both lost a considerable amount of weight in the past year. Since winter has hit (and this was the season where we were just starting to lose the weight last year) we’re both finding that all of our cloths are too big. She’s was bigger than I was when we started, so it kind of works out in her favor- the last time she visited, I gave her a bunch of my old cloths that have started to fit her now.
If we organized a “swap” it would only work if there were friends of similar sizes to swap with. I think that’s the biggest challenge- you don’t want one or two of your friends to feel left out because they can’t fit into your cloths, or cheated when they give away something but can’t fit into any of the things being given away.
Also, if one friend shows up with really nice quality cloths that have been well taken care of, and another friend shows up with stuff that hasn’t been well cared for, isn’t as good of quality, or is really out of style, the person giving away the designer jeans for the Target brand will probably feel a little let down.
I certainly don’t think it’s a bad idea, but just be warned that size, as well as price and quality of the items, could potentially cause issues.
Maybe set up some ground rules to deal with that?
Post # 4
I read a few atricles about doing them. And you only invite people within the same sizes and newer trendy clothes that are in good shape.
Brands I dont think would matter much we all pretty much shop at the same stores so it would even out.
I was more worried about do I set a limit that you must take & swap X amount of items?
Post # 5
I’ve been to tons of clothing swaps and have fun at them (and gotten new-to-me stuff). It helps to have friends who are around the same size so that everyone can have a chance at things; however, people can socialize as well as try on new clothing, so I wouldn’t leave someone out just because they are a different size—just warn them ahead of time about the prospective options.
In my experience, the organizer provides the space for the swap and volunteers to take any unwanted leftovers to a clothing donation place like the Salvation Army or Goodwill. You don’t need to set any limits on how many items you have to take or swap. Sometime people take home more than they give and sometimes people give more than they take home, and that’s okay. As long as everyone plays fair (one person doesn’t hog all the nice stuff) it should work out on its own. Hope it’s fun!