Fashion Advice: How to Do a Clothing Swap


Dear Budget Fashionista,

I was just wondering how you feel about clothing swaps. Have you ever been to/organized one? I have been trying to get one off the ground but since I’m a misplaced college graduate with no friends (everyone moved home) short of posting on Craigslist I have run out of ideas to get people interested. Any advice you have would be beyond helpful.

How to Do A Clothing Swap

Answer: I think clothing swaps are fun! I’ve done clothing swaps before and I wrote about them in my book, How to Be a Budget Fashionista.

In order to get people interested I would pitch it more as a party/event than a clothing swap and start small (about 4 or 5 people) who happen to be about the same size and/or have similar fashion sensibilities. You wouldn’t want to invite someone with a ‘socialite’ style to a clothing swap full of people whose style tend to be ‘sporty’.

I would ask co-workers (although it could be weird) as well as check to see if there’s a clothing swap meet-up  in your area. If not, put one together and start to recruit new friends. Another idea is to see if a local thrift or consignment shop would be interested in hosting a clothing swap (with whatever hasn’t been swapped donated to the store), which may be safer than inviting strangers into your home.

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  1. Clothes Swapper says

    I’ve been attending and hosting clothes swaps for several years now and they are tons of fun! I love getting rid of my “mistakes” and seeing other people get joy from my guilt. Also, I always score something great. We donate the leftover clothes to Dress for Success (work clothes), the battered women’s shelter (casual clothes) and the organization that gathers prom dresses for girls who can’t afford them (um, formalwear). Maybe we just have cool girls coming, because there’s always at least one fantastic score for each person. Or it could be the copious amounts of wine we drink during the swap…

  2. homey48 says

    I think swap parties are great. Recyle and reuse is my motto however I have never held a party but I think it’s a great idea.

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