I just went to my second clothing swap and came out of it with so many happy feelings!
For those of you who don’t know, a clothing swap is an event where you bring your used clothes that you no longer want or wear, and then you shop through the other clothing that people brought in order to update your wardrobe. At this event, we also went through the remaining clothes (sometimes there’s so much happening that you miss a few things) one piece at a time to double check if they needed to go to one of the attendees or if it was going to get donated. Throw in some snacks and drinks and you’ve got a great night!
In case you still need persuading, here’s why you need to attend a clothing swap:
Halfway through the night, I thought to myself, “I can’t afford all of this!” It was a weird moment where I forgot where I was because, actually I COULD afford all of it because it was FREE! If you are in need of something more work appropriate, a new colour scheme, or just a change in pace, the only ‘price’ you need to pay at a clothing swap is your own clothing donation.
Remember the phrase ‘reduce, reuse, recycle?’ Well this checks off the reuse box! While clothing swaps could be considered ‘fast shopping’ without the money, it’s not as environmentally problematic because some of these pieces get multiple new owners from these clothing swaps.
Sizing matters way less.
When you’re shopping through a pile of clothes that don’t have uniform sizes, you start to realize how irrelevant the numbers are and just start to trust your gut as to whether or not something will fit. Isn’t it a shame that the fashion industry toys with our brains by having different brands have different sizes? There’s no need to worry about that at a clothing swap! You see something you like, you just try it on!
You have friends building you up during the process.
This clothing swap was hosted at a house, so it was a very relaxed atmosphere. Someone would try something on and would get a rousing chorus of, “That looks great on you!” There were also people encouraging others to step out of their comfort zone and try something new, and there were others finding something they thought would look particularly good on somebody and passing the item to them. Depending on who you bring to the party, the clothing swap is just a good-feeling-building event.
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To review, clothing swaps are free, environmentally sustainable, defy the illogic of sizing confusion, and encourage friends to build each other up. The only negative? I ate one too many mini cupcakes…
Have you ever been to a clothing swap below? I’d love to hear what your experience was like!