Friday, September 16, 2011

fash•ion (fash-uh n) | clothing swap

Last weekend I started cleaning my closet and slowly rotating my items that were packed away for the Summer.  I do this every time the seasons change and as I was doing it I realized that a couple of other friends were doing the same thing.  Knowing that we were all getting rid of stuff, instead of taking everything straight to be donated, this Sunday we decided to get together for a clothing swap.  We had never done a swap before, but after doing a mini impromptu one I think we've found a new seasonal tradition.

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outfit details | dress - h&m | scarf - c/o cusp | hat - c/o gap | shoes - old navy|

Once we had our favorite lattes in hand, we started sorting through all our stuff creating piles based on the types of clothing.  Between the 3 of us we had tons of tops, dresses, pants, skirts, jackets and sweaters. It wasn't anything fancy, but it was just organized enough for us to know what we were looking through.

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Two hours later, we each cleaned up pretty well and still had 2 garbage bags worth of clothes to donate.  I love everything I nabbed, but the best of it all - a Tory Burch cream skirt that my friend Rachel threw in the pile.  Can't wait to pair it with a chambray shirt and some boots for the Fall.  We spent the rest of the morning noshing on some great eats my friend Kelli made and talking about life.  In the end I scored 2 tops, 2 skirts, 1 blazer, 2 lightweight jackets and 6 dresses.  Seems like a lot, but it's a lot less than what I came in with.

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A clothing swap is fulfilling in so many ways.  Not only are you getting rid of items in your closet that you either don't need or wear, but you're getting something in return.  In addition, it's a such a fun way to spend QT time with your girlfriends - all without a huge cost attached to it.  Here are a few things that we learned cleaning out our closets and also swapping clothes:
  • If you haven't worn something for a year - it's time to let it go.
  • Swapping clothes with a friend is a great way to still have access to it if you want to ever wear the item again.
  • Pick up something that you may never have bought for yourself, but that you're willing to take for free.
|Have you and your friends done a clothing swap before? What was the best thing you got out of it?|

19 comments:

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I haven't done a clothing swap before, but it's such a great idea! My friend did have a sale last week though and I heard her step mom sold some Chanel things. It pays to shop with friends sometimes!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Katie Byrnes said...

What a great idea!

Katie said...

That is such a fun idea - and a great way to get some new pieces in your wardrobe!

Cara said...

I really want to host a swap as I'm constantly purging my closet. Sounds like you scored big at your impromptu swap, can't wait to see the skirt! Your outfit pictures are great, that scarf is a fantastic color.

FAB said...

I really need to organize a swap...such a great idea!!! You got some awesome pieces!
Cheryl

Piper Alexander said...

I've hosted two clothing swaps so far. It's become an annual thing. I actually thought it might be cool to do a clothing swap as a fashion blogger meet-up. What do you think about that?

Healthy and Homemade said...

SO many fun goodies!! A clothing swap is such a smart idea =D

Denise Pacurar said...

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! A clothing swap sounds fun! I have never done one before!

I'm following you hun!

xoxo Denise
http://allthingsnew-denise.blogspot.com/

Bravoe Runway said...

I've never tried a clothing swap before but this looks like fun!! The tory burch skirt sounds amazing, I can't wait to see you in it!

Anna said...

Never done a clothing swap before but that's because I donate all my unworn pieces to charity. My friends and I aren't the same size; we're actually all over the size chart from XXSP to XL.. and I don't trust others' clothes too much :P

Lora said...

What a fantastic idea. And I agree with Piper- there should totally be a clothing swap for Chicago style bloggers. Let's make it happen!

FashionAddict said...

I love this outfit! It is so cute, and your hair is divine!

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Samantha said...

What a great idea!! I was just thinking about doing that since I have some clothes to donate. You made it sound so fun that I'm going to try it myself!

xo, sam

P.S. I'm now a follower! :o)

Mel said...

I've never done one of these, but I've always wanted to. I think it's a great idea and Lord knows I always have stuff to get rid of!

Ashleigh said...

This is such an amazing idea, I wish I could convince my girls to do the same thing!

p.s. I can't imagine stumbling into Nordstrom on Saturday, what a crowd!! It was a great event though, you should go in the Spring!

Rosemary Brennan said...

Clothing swaps are the best! It's guilt free shopping and afterwards you look at your closet in a whole new way.

Kara said...

I've always wanted to do one of these.. gonna see if I can make it happen soon. Sounds like fun, especially while sipping yummy lattes!

Delane said...

I always wanted to do one.