It’s about time to clean that closet and put away things that we don’t wear anymore, right? (I have to admit that that skirt size 4 is not going to fit me anymore, it’s time to say goodbye…) But what you may not know is that it’s possible to have fun and also save some money by doing so. How? Just plan a Swap Party!
Why do it: Beyond being economical, eco-friendly, and an excuse to clean out your closet, a swap party with friends is far more fun than a yard sale with strangers.
Whom to invite: Friends with similar taste. For a good variety of merchandise, eight people is a manageable number, though anywhere from 3 to 20 is doable.
Be clear about what’s swap-worthy. Ask friends to bring clean goods in gently used condition (that is, no ratty gym shorts or a Scrabble set missing the letter Q). Guests should also come with an extra tote bag for carting home their finds.
Give guests room to spread out their items by clearing off surfaces, such as dining and side tables, and using bins and trunks to serve as display space.
Swap Options: Clothing and Accessories; Books, CDs and DVDs; Howsewares; Toys
If you only have clothes to swap i’ts a good idea to invite people who are roughly in the same size range. And let them know in advance if there is going to be a “fitting room” available or not, so they can come prepared. A full-length mirror is a must anyhow.
I used to throw some swap meetings in Brazil and my dear friend Clarice named it “escambo” day! So much fun! Escambo is a Portuguese for the economic “metrics” used back in slavery time when cash was not available and people traded whatever they had.
I once swapped a pair of jeans with a friend and it fit me perfectly. After a while she told me the pants originally belonged to her sister, which means I had a “3rd hand” piece. Even more perfect! I still have it and I’m sure going to pass it on whenever I put some history into it.