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Some people think ethical or eco fashion is expensive (though if you choose something that lasts longer it may end up being cheaper in the long run!) but being a responsible consumer doesn't need to be more expensive, nor should it be less fun.

One great way of updating your wardrobe without costing you much is to throw a clothing swap party, where everyone brings items that they don't want, exchanging them with each other for free. These parties are also a fun way of meeting new people, and therefore a much richer way of "shopping".

There are different ways to do the exchange part, but the ones I've been to usually started with having everything in a big pile in the middle and having everyone say a thing or two (e.g. something interesting about one of the items they brought), and then trying things on, recommending things to others, etc. I've found a lot of things through these exchange parties that I would otherwise not have even thought of trying on.



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Stories (3)

  • Lisa Newcomb

    I have a friend who hosts these a few times a year. Not only are they great for swapping clothes, but often you also get to connect with others you may not have seen in a while.

  • Paris Marron

    I love clothing swap parties!

    My first clothing swap was an event hosted by Yelp in my local area. It was great! Over 100 women showed up for an evening event poolside at a local hotel. There were cocktails and the pool cabanas had curtains on them and were used as dressing rooms. Women got a voucher for one free item for every item they brought, with a max of 8. I got some great finds! Also, such a large event was nice because there were clothes for every size and style. Not to mention some great accessory pieces.

    Since then, I have been hosting a clothing swap party at my house about every 6 months or so with my girlfriends to clean out my closet and get some new clothes. I like to have cocktails or finger foods and some music. Then I make it a mixer by inviting friends from different groups (work, school, old friends, etc.). We always donate the unwanted items to a women's shelter.

    Now that I am pregnant, I also have been loving getting used maternity clothes. I haven't had a maternity swap party, but some friends and family have given me old maternity clothes and I've been using the Yerdle app (iOS) to receive gently used maternity clothes. I plan to post them back up on Yerdle (or donate to a friend) when I'm done with them all.

  • Ayako Ezaki

    I've been pretty lucky at most of the clothing swap parties I've been to, and found lots of great stuff that fit. There have also been some items that I got at one clothing exchange party and ended up bringing to another one (they didn't fit as well as I initially thought, or turned out I didn't love them as much), which is totally OK. One of the other highlights of these parties (other than free clothes) for me has been exchanging recipes for homemade snacks - chips, dips, baked goodies, etc. - as we often shared snacks and sweets that everyone brought.