“I love to simplify and edit the contents of just about anything, but women’s closets hold particular appeal to me. I edit mine about four times a year and hold a yearly ‘clothing swap’ to encourage my girlfriends to do the same” – Autumn Reeser
Sell, Swish or Swap
Swapping is the new shopping. A clothing swap is a meet where group of people gather to exchange there no longer used clothing, accessory and the like, for clothing and other items they will use. Clothing swap is a great way to declutter your closet by giving clothes for free to other participants at the swap meet and bringing in there used clothes.
Every piece of new clothing, if not made sustainably, can be the product of countless chemicals, dyes, and the like, all of which can be harmful to the earth, air, groundwater – as well as the people making the clothing and even the people wear it. But clothes are something we all need and want. Clothes swap can be best alternate to buying new.
Futerra, a swishing website, gets up to 10,000 visitors a month globally, and in the UK 7,000 women swap 25,000 items a year. In an article published in The Guardian claims, clothes swapping parties have spread worldwide since they were first given “a glam facelift” and a brand six years ago by Lucy Shea, CEO of Futerra, who christened the swaps “swishing” – the noise of rustling clothes from your friends – and set up a website to help people put the parties on.
In the past few weeks she has had requests for swishing party advice packs from women in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Sydney and Paris. The swishing website gets up to 10,000 visits a month from around the world.
Swapaholics suggest below tips for clothes swapping:
- Save the Date & Send Invitations
Propose a few dates to your friends on Facebookor Twitter then pick the day and time that work best for the majority. Once you have a day and time in mind, create a free online invitation & event registration page through Facebook. Encourage your friends to to spread the word and invite their friends.
- Picking the Perfect Swappers
The bigger & more diverse your group, the greater the clothes selection and the better the chances are that there will be something for everyone and everyone will go home happy. Make sure to specify how much and which kinds of stuff you expect your guests to bring to the swap, and be clear & concise about how the swap will work. Pick your rules: the most popular are a one-for-one exchange, a fundraiser, or a free-for-all.
- How to Shop Your Closet
If you haven’t worn it in a year, then chances are you’re not going to, and for good reason: it might be too tight, too big, too unflattering, or just not your style. Only keep clothes that you love and that make you feel beautiful. Let someone else love the things that are just taking up space. Bring the best of the best to the swap — the things you know someone else might get excited about — and send the rest straight to Goodwill.
- Create a Theme for Your Swap
The best swaps aren’t just about the act of swapping, they’re about connecting with your friends and meeting new ones through a good old fashioned girl’s night in. Have a book swap with your book club, have a wine & cheese party with your foodie friends, a clothing swap with Champagne & cupcakes for your fashionable friends.
- Setting up your Swap Boutique
It’s important to make your swap feel like a classy shopping experience, not a rummage sale. Make signs to organize swap donations by type, set up racks or bins for organizing swappables, and designate a dressing room if you’re swapping clothes.
- Designate a Charity for Donations
If there is any clothing left over at the end of the clothing swap, call Goodwilland arrange a pick-up, or recruit a volunteer from among your swappers to bring them to the donation center at the end of the swap.
Best part of clothing swap: it’s free. Why not dress yourself for free and do your share to save the world. How? Below are the 10 big benefits of clothing swap:
- Declutters your closet.
- Refill your closet without buying new clothes
- Reuse helps reduce waste by not sending clothes to landfills. Americans throw 68 pounds of clothing and textiles each year and 900,000 tons in the UK each year.
- Not buying new clothes helps to save important natural resources like water. It takes 10,000 liters of water to produce 1 kg of cotton.
- Hand me down clothing also means less pesticides, fertilizers, greenhouse energy, dyes, chemicals and less pollution.
- By swapping clothes you saved a ton of packaging like bags, boxes etc.
- Clothing swap is an act of environmentalism.
- Clothing swap party is fun, fashion and philanthropy at the same time. Gather your friends, relax, mingle, socialize, eat, drink and swap.
- Clothing swap can help people in need. Spread the world and invite people who might need clothes. People who changed their size can benefit too. Bring something, take something.
- It’s free.
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Collaborative Consumption states “Together, entire communities and cities around the world are using network technologies to do more with less by renting, lending, swapping, bartering, gifting and sharing products on a scale never before possible. From Airbnb to Zipcar to Taskrabbit, collaborative consumption is transforming business, consumerism and the way we live for a more fulfilling and sustainable quality of life.
Instead of overdressing our closet lets be kind to our planet, let’s go green. Fast and cheap fashion encourages us for wear-once-and dump fashion culture. Instead, let’s get involved in a more sustainable future for fashion. Isn’t it a small but significant way to say thanks to our green planet?
Fashion; fashion cautiously.
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