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Free Clothes and Stuff - How to Give a Swapping Party and Help The Environment
Really? Free Clothes, Accessories, Shoes Plus More
This is such a fun way to get a new wardrobe and clean out closets and drawers at the same time. It's called a Swapping Party (recycling) and all who participate have a wonderful time exchanging stuff.
I've given several of these recycling parties and have even found some real treasures when I'm lucky. And hosting a swapping party is a great way to help the environment and give to others.
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 (Or make your own rules.)
To start a neighborhood swapping party, (also known as "swishing" and began in London), just follow these steps:
- 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 to 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.
- 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, household items 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.
Include Household Items for Your Party
Where Swapping Party's Began
Donating Fulfills a Need
Put A Smile On Someone's face.
For yours truly, giving up 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.
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.
In closing -
You may want to Invite several people to help with the swapping party. Delegate the following:
- Someone to make the tags with numbers to see who goes first..
- One to arrange clothing and items as they are brought in,
- Help for taking care of refreshments.
- Someone for greeting folks at the door..
Ask guests to bring snack foods and use paper plates. And be sure to donate the left overs (clothes, books, etc.) to Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries.
Keep your party light and enjoy the process.
-"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."-
Will you try hosting a swapping party?
© 2010 Audrey Hunt