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.