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Every Season, we run into the dilemma and necessity of refreshing our wardrobe. This can be both challenging and expensive. One way to make this easier on the budget and more enjoyable is to host a clothing swap.
First, what is a clothing swap? A clothing swap is when a group of friends get together and bring clothes, accessories, and other lightly used items to exchange. It’s a lot more fun and productive than a yard sale because you can invite others with similar taste and you get to socialize with your friends at the same time. It’s also a great way to get motivated into refreshing your wardrobe, it’s great for the environment, and it’s completely free! Plus, as you know, I’m an Evite® Influencer which means there’s no way I would pass up turning a boring chore into an enjoyable party.
Plus, if you clear out the old clothes in your closet, it frees up space to refresh your wardrobe for spring. This works out perfectly because then you can enter to win the Evite® + UNTUCKit® sweepstake for $1000 from UNTUCKit® which could REALLY help to update your wardrobe.
If this is your first time hosting a clothing swap. You may want to keep it small. Think 6-8 close friends with similar taste. Size doesn’t matter because a clothing swap includes accessories like purses and jewelry as well and you can always use a belt if anything is the wrong size. Send out your invitations three weeks ahead of time so that your friends have time to look through their belongings and decide what they would like to bring.
Since Evite® is always the easiest way to bring friends and family together for any event, I would suggest sending out an Evite® Invitation. You can choose one of the clothing swap invitations already available on Evite® or you can create the invitation below by choosing a custom invitation.
Download this picture and upload it to Evite® to create your invitation.
Be sure to include detailed instructions with your invitations so that your guests understand what a clothing swap party is and what you would like them to bring.
Suggested items such as:
- hair accessories
- unopened or un-used makeup
You may want to include some of these optional items as well:
- home décor
- baby clothes
Be sure to clarify that you only want items that are in good condition, washed, and debugged.
The décor for a clothes swap party needs to include places to store and display the items that you and your friends bring to exchange. You will also want a place to change, mirrors, and places to sit. A fun way to do this is to create a little boutique in your home.
I went with a vintage, retro style boutique.
I took some old closet doors that we don’t use anymore and I used them for a few purposes. I used them as a make-shift screen which created a small changing room on one side. On the other side, I attached hooks and ribbons for display storage.
I also hung up a mirror so that the guests could see what they were trying on.
In the fitting room, I included a full length mirror, more hooks for clothes, a small table, a stool, an instant camera so that the guests could take cute pics of themselves to see what their outfits looked like from different angles, and a memory book for them to add the pics they liked.
You may want to suggest that your guests wear leggings and a cami so that they can easily try things on.
If you don’t want to create a changing area, you can use a spare bedroom.
I used a felt sign to create the “primpin ain’t easy” sign and vinyl to add the word “flawless” to the top of the full-length mirror to add to the décor.
Here is the “flawless” download so that you can create your own.
You will need a clothing rod so you can hang items up. You can build one out of pipe or dowels, use a coat closet, purchase one for a decent price, or use something you already have. I decided to use an armoire I have had for years…
Include as many baskets, trays, drawers, shelves, and jewelry holders as you can come up with. You will need them.
Keep the food simple. I went with sparkling wine and French macaroons.
I also included a tea station.
You could have a potluck if you prefer, it would put less pressure on you and make it possible to easily enjoy a meal together.
You will want to establish a few rules so that things don’t get too crazy. Some rules I suggest are:
- Everyone gets a 15-minute turn.
- Take the same amount of items you brought.
- If two people want the same item, have a model-off and vote for who wears it best.
Now that you have the tools and some fun ideas, go, refresh that wardrobe and don’t forget to enter the Evite®+ UNTUCKit® sweepstakes to receive a code for $25 off your order of $50+ AND for a chance to WIN a $1000 UNTUCKit® gift card!
Happy DIYing friends!