Which leaves us with an almighty large quantity of unworn wardrobe pieces.
(perhaps not this much....)
(perhaps not this much....)
What should we do with our unworn pieces? A solution might be to host a clothes swapping party, giving your unworn clothes a chance to be worn again.
Tracy, an op shop enthusiast and blogger fromthekiwigirl is about to host her second clothes swap party, her previous event blogged here. Tracy organised a small scale operation, which raised money for the Red Cross as part of their Big Cake Bake campaign.
I asked Tracy for her tips on hosting a similar clothes swap event, which I note below along with my own ideas and experiences.
* Find an appropriate venue.
Tracy hosted her party at her friends house. Other ideas might be to contact a local school, kindergarten, or childcare facility. Ask if they'd prepared to let you use one of their rooms in exchange for a perhaps small donation from each attendee, which would go toward fundraiser the facility. This would probably be easier to organise if you have a child, niece or nephew that attends any of the above. Alternatively, a local community hall, or centre might help?
So you've found a venue, when would be best to host your party? Week day evenings might be best, as weekends are usually too busy for some, 7/7.30pm suit most. Tracy's idea of baking cakes is great, you could suggest to swapee's to bring a plate, a cake, or a bottle of wine? Emphasis on the party of the clothes swap party! Do you have or can you borrow a portable clothing rack or two? Browsing garments on a clothing rack is certainly much easier than sifting through a pile on the floor.
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You have a venue, and a date. Start emailing, calling, and sms your friends and family, tell them to invite their friends too, and create an event on facebook. If you feel confident, and are running the event as a fundraiser, you could print up a small flyer and pin it on supermarket, library, and local community noticeboards.
* On the night
Depending on your intended party size, on a clothes swapping party I once attended at a school, we were given tickets in exchange for the amount of clothing pieces we'd given to swap. We'd use our tickets as currency to pick out garments we'd like to take home. A similar set up is arranged with The Clothing Exchange 's large scale clothes swap events, instead of tickets, buttons are given as swapping currency (to a maximum of six garments)
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*Left over clothing
There will always be leftover pieces, what should be done with them? The easiest option would be to drop off at your local thrift / charity store. Alternatively, the leftover garments could be sold on eBay or at a flea market as fundraising for a charity or centre that was used to hold the event.
Have you hosted a clothes swap party before? Would you like to?
Have you been to a clothes swapping event? If so, how was it?