|Getting ready to shop old things into new.|
L-R Linda Reinhart,Katrina Hendricks, Linda Ferris,Kim Vincent, Katie Harvie, Jillian Toomey
|Little hands and big hands-young children love to help|
A great way to recycle the things in your closet or your child’s closet is to have a swap shop. My youngest daughter, a senior in college, decided to invite her friends over to do just that. It’s green, it’s fun, and it’s free.
She started by extending an invitation through Facebook asking her guests to bring along their old garments with a yummy goodie. All you have to do is set a date, sift through your closet and you’re ‘good to go’ swap and shop it up. The benefit: a cleaner more organized closet, new clothes and accessories for free, and many items donated to support your favorite charity.
About ten friends responded and got together for the second successful clothing swap this year. The first successful spring/summer swap was organized by Jillian Toomey and held in July of 2010. The night was filled with clothes and college stories and everyone got to save a little cash, which was crucial.
It works really well if you hold re-swaps twice a year making it easier to grab the two opposite seasons of ward robe, spring/summer and fall/winter.
Each person cleaned out their closet, arrived with clothes and accessories that no longer interested them, and proceeded to lay out their things in a loosely organized fashion.
"One girl's junk is another girl's treasure," said Jillian Toomey as she modeled a sassy new dress a friend brought to the swap.
The girls went right to work, displaying all like items together for easy access, creating an in home bargain basement of second-hand stuff to reclaim. They shopped with vigor as if the living room was Canal St. in NY, while they enjoyed a smorgasbord of snacks, laughs and refreshment.
Music played while everyone browsed couches of fabric and tables of textiles for something old, something borrowed for at least six months, and even something cool, like a hip pair of blue jeans. A floor mirror was placed conveniently in the middle of the room to give each person an optimum look at the wares they happened to be trying on for size and style.
|Collin Toomey watches as Aunt Lynn; Mom , Michelle Toomey; and Aunt Natalie, shop at the green swap.|
Articles from coats and scarves to shoes and hand bags to sweaters and T’s to perfumes and lotions and even jewelry and fashion belts were swapped and swiped before the night was over. Everyone went home happy with a bag or two of new old stuff to add to their wardrobe.
Cleaning out your closet and finding an item you forgot you even had gives you the sense you’ve just gone shopping. The clothing swap takes it one step further, allowing friends to get together for a good cause and go home with something new without having to spend a dime.
‘If we did this a few times a year we’d pay a lot less,’ says one swapper shopper at the green garments gathering.
This is the second time this year that Jillian has held a green swap shop and this mom even walked away with a couple of tops and a great little pair of shoes. I couldn’t resist, and it was so much fun seeing the girls take an interest in something from my closet that I had long grown tired of wearing.
At the end of the night, the girls collected all the clothes which weren’t swapped then and bagged them up for their local charities.
|Natalie Macmillan,Jillian Toomey,Katie Harvie, Linda Ferris,Kim Vincent, Linda Reinhart,Katrina Hendricks, Lynn Toomey, and Courtney Neforas - Clothes and items ready to be donated to local charities.|
|Shopping for free is fun and charitable.|