what’s old is new
This past weekend I attended my first clothing swap. In case you haven’t heard of this concept, a clothing swap is an event at which people come together and – as the name so aptly suggests – exchange clothes. Clothing swaps can be anything from a small gathering of ten friends to big community events open to anyone interested. The swap I attended was run by a group of women at our local university and hosted on the university’s grounds. It was open to the public and it worked like this: you drop off you unwanted items (see Fiona’s basket all loaded up on the left above) and you receive a ticket for each item you donate that you can then cash in for a ‘new’ item at the swap. Items that end up unclaimed all go to a local Goodwill store.
My roommate and I eagerly lined up as the doors opened and spent a fun hour rifling through all the clothes, shoes, and accessories at hand. We found things for each other and plenty of things for ourselves. The volunteers who ran the swap were extremely friendly and encouraging and all the people attending were respectful and courteous and no one pushed or shoved anyone out of the way for a pair of free skinny jeans. Nice.
If you previously followed my style on academichic, then you know that I am a sucker for bargain shopping and thrifting. The majority of my wardrobe comes from thrift stores and consignment shops and I regularly donate my discarded things to Goodwill to keep the recycling and reusing going. I do it for the love of the hunt, the love of the vintage and the unique, and because it’s one more way that I implement sustainable living choices into my everyday. I also do it because there is so much that I would rather spend my money on then clothes – travel, concerts, going to the opera, bike stuff (could have guessed that one, right?), and experiences in general – that I needed to find ways to support my fashion habit without breaking the bank. As you can see, the weekend swap worked pretty well in that regard…
If you’re interested in hosting an informal swap with your friends, you can find some useful how-to tips here. We also featured a fabulously curated community swap on academichic, so check here for tips on how to organize a larger scale event. Have you participated in any clothing swaps or do you have any experience putting one together? If so, do share!