For those of us who love to shop, the recent economic crunch has forced us to be more frugal when it comes to buying styles we love (sigh!). But with a little bit of creativity (and a lot of fun), you can add amazing pieces to your wardrobe without spending a penny (and going green, too!). Get some of your besties together for a clothing swap!
1. Spice up the size variety: In order for a clothing swap to work well, there must be something for everyone. Make sure that you invite and cater to a range of sizes and tastes. No one wants to be the only petite or plus-size in the room!
2. Tell everyone what’s what: In your invitation, be explicit! Set a minimum of items to bring (about 10 is probably best) and specify that they must all be in new or like-new condition. Everything should be washed and cleaned, ready for its new owner. Encourage people to bring accessories, fragrances and even makeup, as long as they fit the criteria.
3. Location, location! Ideally, a swap party should take place in your home, so your guests will feel comfy enough to try on clothing freely.This will give everyone a chance to see their old friends come to life again in somebody else’s styles (not to mention the amount of fashion tips and stories to be shared).
4. Ambiance is key: Set a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. Light a few candles, put on some upbeat party music, and offer your guest light tasty treats. Bring out hangers, clothes and shoe racks, mirrors, and anything that might be necessary when trying (or displaying) the goods.
5. Paparazzi: Take pics of your pals in the recycled styles. Get some of the girls glammed up or take sillier shots. Have fun as you’re trying things on! If multiple friends want the same item, roll a dice or play a game to determine who gets it!
5. All for charity: Remind your guests that whatever is left over will be donated to charity and make sure that they are OK with bidding their old items good-bye for good. Have large trash bags available to collect unwanted items so you can ship them off to the Salvation Army or a local shelter.
-Evie Maciel of ProductPasha.com