How To Get Free Clothes, Accessories And Shoes With A Recycling Party
Free Clothes, Accessories, Shoes Plus More
Here is a fun way to get a supply of clothing, household items, jewelry and even kids toys. It's called a Swapping Party (recycling) and all who participate have a wonderful time. I've given several recycling parties and have even found some real treasures when I'm lucky. And hosting a swapping party is a great way to clean out closets and drawers.
Here's how to get started and remember that you can target a party to include anything from wall art to grandmas old afghans.
Rules for A Swapping Party - Clothing
To start a neighborhood swapping party, (it's called "swishing" and began in London), make a list of friends, neighbors and their contacts to invite to your party. Select a convenient day and time, following up with a reminder a few days before the party.
Everyone is to bring one, two or three articles of clean clothing. They can choose whatever article of clothing they like in return for contributing at the party.
Decide in advance whether you want to include other items like jewelry, shoes, hand bags, scarves or hats. You may want to save these items for another time.
Here are some basic rules, but feel free to change them and create new or different ones:
- Everyone must bring at least one item of quality clothing.
Set guidelines on the quality of the fashion-swap items. Ask them to bring up-to-date fashions that are clean and in good condition.
Keep it fair so one person doesn't leave with an armload and another empty handed. One idea is to have them draw numbers, and select an item when their number is called. If someone else wants the item they've chosen, then they can object and try to make a deal with her. If someone brought three items, then they would have three choices.
Separate the clothing as your guests arrive into categories, such as value, type and size.
Prepare a fitting room. Someone may want to try on an article of clothing before choosing to swap
- You will have half an hour to browse before the swapping begins.
- No item may be taken before the swish opens.
- As soon as the swapping begins, everyone may take what they want.
Serve your guests refreshments, such as crackers, cheese and sparkling water.
Why Have a Swapping Party ?
Swapping clothing and accessories is a smart way to wear the latest fashion, get free clothing and help the environment by cutting down on waste.
Of course the main reason to recycle is to reduce the need for landfill space. More than two quadrillion pounds of clothing, rags and such are thrown out each year. Clothing can take hundreds of years to decompose.
With a ' Swapping Party ' you and your jeans can make a difference. When you recycle, you are conserving raw materials and natural resources. That means less has to be extracted, refined, transported and processed which lightens the load on Mother Earth.
You are also conserving energy that’s needed in the manufacturing process. Less energy used means less need to be generated, resulting in smaller carbon footprints and less greenhouse gases and emissions.
So putting together a 'Swapping Party' isn't just about the free clothes, shoes, ties, shirts and accessories you can pick up. It's also about protecting marine life and birds.
A ' Swapping Party ' is a great alternative to just "tossing it." And think of the money you save on clothes for the kids because everything is free.
Where Swapping Party's Began
Put A Smile On Someone's face.
For yours truly, giving up my clothes, jewelry, shoes and accessories is almost as unthinkable as giving up chocolate. I can't tell you how many times I would begin to box-up a shirt or pair of jeans and then staring at these precious items, put them back in the closet again.
I'm not the person to inspire you to clean out your closet, or even begin to tell you how. Just do it. Because you won't even miss any of these items you take to the swapping party. I didn't.
During the swapping party I could hardly wait to see who selected my items. The best thing of all is to put a smile on someone's face and everyone was smiling.
A Quote From Actor Ed Asner
-"We all moan and groan about the loss of the quality of life through the destruction of our ecology, and yet each one of us, in our own little comfortable ways, contributes daily to that destruction. It's time now to awaken in each one of us the respect and attention our beloved mother deserves."-
Quote by actor,environmental supporter, Ed Asner
Saving - As Good As Earning
My Mama used to say that saving a dollar is as good as earning a dollar. And my mama could save. We didn't have much to begin with, but she always managed to put away something for that rainy day.
I learned from Mama that "pre-worn" clothing was as good as new as long as it was freshly laundered and ironed. And as for shoes - if they were used, they were already broken in and nice and comfy.
So why not be the first in your neighborhood to Plan a Swapping Party To Recycle Clothing and help the environment. It's a good and fun thing to do.
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In closing -
Invite several people to help with the swapping party. Delegate one to make the tags with numbers to see who goes first and another to arrange clothing and items as they are brought in.
Ask for a couple of volunteers to take care of refreshments and one for greeting folks.
Open other items for a future party such as books, toys, videos, kitchen items, men's ware and/or tools.
Keep it light and enjoy the process. This is a party and a time to have fun.
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© 2010 Audrey Hunt
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