Monday, 15 June 2015

12 Easy Steps To Host A Successful Clothing Swap Party

How To Host A Clothing Swap Party

Is your wardrobe overflowing with clothes yet you still have nothing to wear?

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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12 Easy Steps To Host A Successful Clothing Swap Party

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Ingrid

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60 comments:

  1. I've never been to one before! Sounds like fun, though, and a great way of picking up some new clothes (and getting rid of unwanted ones) :)

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    1. You should host one yourself! Clothing swap parties are fantastic for decluttering unwanted clothes although quite often I end up with just as many if not more clothes by the end of the night! The difference, of course, is the newly acquired clothes are all ones that fit well and I'd be happy wearing!

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  2. I really need to get my wardrobe sorted but I'm not convinced my trash is anyone else's treasure.

    It does look like a whole lot of fun.

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    1. You'd be surprised! Sometimes I wonder whether to take an item to the clothing swap thinking no one would like it, but then some one else tries it on and loves it!

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  3. This sounds like a fab idea - both to recycle and find some more fashion but also as an excuse to have an awesome get-together with friends!

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  4. Much more fun than a Tupperware party! I helped to run one at my local Red Cross and it was quite successful. Not to mention fun!

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    1. Definitely more fun than a Tupperware party and no cost involved!

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  5. I'd love to attend one although I do have a good pass-on system going with a few friends at the moment! (I think I'd also be paranoid that nobody would take anything I brought along . . . the shame!)

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    1. Sounds like you already have an unofficial clothing swap system organised with your pass-on system. Might be fun to turn it into a party!

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  6. Totally inspiring Ingrid!! I've never been to one but now I want to organise one. I have too many clothes and nothing to wear :) Love the idea of adding plus 1 to the invite xox

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    1. Thanks Wendy. You should definitely host one! It's loads of fun!

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  7. This looks like so much fun!!! I so need to do this.

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

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    1. Definitely do it Brooke and host one! Your friends will be very happy if you do ;)

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  8. I have done a few with friends here and there but never been to or actually hosted one, will defintely look into it. Thanks for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me" yesterday.
    Rachel xo

    Garay Treasures

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog Rachel! Good luck if you decide to go ahead and host a clothing swap party yourself :)

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  9. I haven't been to a clothes swap party in years, it was great fun and loved all the goodies I brought home!

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  10. This is a wonderful idea! I';m going to give it some good thought and might take all the advice you've given :)


    www.doaner-fide.com

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    1. Glad this post has been helpful to you. All the best if you go ahead and host a party!

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  11. I have a friend that does this - it's hugely popular (and a great idea!)

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    1. It's great when a friend organises these regularly like my friend Lisa!

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    1. Thanks Kaz! There's lots of benefits of clothing swap parties!

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  13. I love this idea Ingrid, such a good way to expand your wardrobe at no cost. And the champagne doesn't hurt either, does it? :)

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    1. It's a great excuse for a party & champagne!

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  14. I've never been to one but it sounds like a brilliant idea. I'm all for recycling and saving money :)

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    1. You should host one! Your friends will love you even more for it!

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  15. I've never been to one of these but it sounds like such a great idea!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  16. I love this idea, I always think about doing it. It's a great way to meet up with friends and leave with goodies :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You should host one, it's such a great excuse for a get together and is easy to organise!

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  17. I did one with a friend for a breast cancer fundraiser and raised $4000 with 30 people attending. We charged $40 per person which included food and drink and we had an auction with amazing prizes donated. Everyone had to bring a minimum of 4 items, we had 5 roly racks full of clothes and loads more. Everyone went home and we donated a $WD full of clothes to a centre that helps women on the street.

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    1. What a great fundraiser! Everyone benefits!

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  18. Sounds like a whole lot of fun! I host a fashion link up every week and it would be great if you could stop by and add a link :)

    http://bit.ly/1CbOB0R

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    1. Thanks for the info. I'd love to check out your link up.

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  19. Such a great idea! I've never been to one bit heard such great things about them. Thanks for sharing Ingrid! Xx

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  20. This is such a great idea Ingrid! Im definitely going to organise one of these!!! Your post will be my guide!!! :)

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    1. Glad to hear I've inspired you to host a clothing swap party Christina! I hope it all goes well!

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    2. Hello! I'm going to get my sis and some other ladies I know to read your post! Can't wait to organise it! Thanks very much for sharing this awesome idea!

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  21. Ingrid, that looks like a great idea. I always donate my clothes as I can't be bothered with the hassle of selling them on Ebay. Perhaps a party is the way to go. I like all your rules too. Good thinking. Bron x

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    1. You should host one! They are great fun, easy to organise and normally everyone gains at least one new item (normally more) that they love.

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  22. I've never attended any this kind of clothing swap parties, but they do sound like something interesting and fun!
    Thanks for great tips!

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    1. Hopefully you can put these tips to good use :)

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  23. These are great tips! I attended one a few month ago, and though we weren't quite as organized as you (we didn't bother sorting anything by size) it was a ton of fun and I got a bunch of great "new" clothes for myself!

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    1. A lot more rummaging is required if the clothes aren't organised by size! Glad you got a lot of "new" clothes from the party you attended!

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  24. Sounds like loads of fun! I've never been to anything like that. I would dip out in the shoe department though. I wear size 5-6 and I find that there are not many of us small feet ladies around!

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    1. My friend has size 5/6 feet and surprisingly she always seems to get a stunning pair of shoes or boots at these parties. On the other hand I have size 10 feet and have never found any shoes there.

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  25. This would make a fabulous fundraising idea. Have to keep it in mind. I don't think there is anything like this in town. Sounds like fun and who doesn't love 'new' clothes :)

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    1. Maybe I'll have to host a bigger one with my friend as a fundraiser!

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  26. I have never been to one but I think I would like to! How organised are you?! Looks fabulous!

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    1. Thanks Karin. It's actually a lot easier than it seems and not that much organising is involved!

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  27. What a brilliant idea! I've never heard of a clothing swap before today. Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Please join us again this week.

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  28. This is such a great idea! I have never thought of anything like this! Thank you for sharing this at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

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  29. What a good idea and a fun way to get 'the girls' together. Thanks for sharing with us at #AnythingGoes

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    1. Thanks Sue, clothing parties are a great excuse for a girly catch up!

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