|12 Easy Steps To Host A Successful Clothing Swap Party|
If you answered "yes" to the above question then a clothing swap party might be a great solution for you.
A clothing swap party gives you the opportunity to declutter your wardrobe of clothes that are still in good condition but you no longer wear whilst adding new clothes that you love.
I've been attending by best friend, Lisa's amazing clothing swap parties for the past 5 years now! How does she organise and host these amazing clothing swap parties? Following are her 12 easy steps for hosting a successful clothing swap party.
1. Set a date for the party approximately 3-4 weeks in advance to increase the likelihood that your invitees will be able to attend and don't have anything else already booked in on that night.
2. Invite 10-15 friends with similar clothing tastes. A smaller number also works if all invitees are roughly the same size.
If your friends are all varying sizes ensure you invite at least three or more friends in each size group to ensure there is suitable clothing for swapping for everyone.
3. Allow each friend to bring a plus 1 to join in the swapping fun. Not only will you get to meet new people but this will also result in a larger pool of clothes to swap. Depending on the size of your venue the more the merrier with clothing swap parties.
4. On the invite stipulate all swapping clothes must be in good wearable condition and washed. No ripped, torn, holey or stained clothing allowed.
5. Also stipulate on the invite if you will be swapping other items such as shoes, accessories, unopened beauty items, children's clothing, toys or books.
6. Agree beforehand what will happen with the leftover clothes at the end of the night. At Lisa's clothing parties the leftovers are donated to charities such as Lifeline and The Salvation Army.
7. Organise the clothing swap party space before everyone arrives with well labelled areas, whether these are tables, lounges, racks etc, for each different clothing size and style i.e. size 12 dresses, size 12 tops, size 12 bottoms, and so on for each size.
8. Organise a separate space for accessories, bags, belts, jewelry, shoes. The clothing party I regularly attend also includes children's clothing and books, although we don't have children actually attending on the night.
9. Wait for everyone to arrive before the actual swapping begins. Invite people for 7pm, then let everyone sort out their clothing into the designated labelled areas, chat and socialise for the first 30-45 minutes before the swapping begins.
10. Determine a system as to how the swapping will work and remind everyone of it before the swapping starts. Different parties that I have attended have had different rules. At Lisa's parties, as we are all friends, the rules are more relaxed as opposed to larger clothing swap parties run by councils with a bunch of strangers.
At Lisa's party everyone starts looking at what they might want at the same time. People can try on a couple of things at a time before returning unwanted items to the labelled clothing areas and taking some more items to try on. Ultimately everyone is welcome to claim as many items as they want regardless of how many they brought along with them.
Clothes can only be taken from the designated labelled areas, not other people's personal piles. Participants may only claim items for themselves or their children, not for friends who are not attending, unless that item is left over at the end of the night.
11. Make sure you have at least one full length mirror, or preferably more.
12. Ask everyone to bring a plate of food or a bottle of champagne to the clothing swap party to make a party of the night.
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