My friends and I are pretty in sync when it comes to one thing: our overstuffed closets. And that works out well when we simultaneously want to clean out those closets and have a clothes swap! (To be fair we’ve spent plenty of time together filling our closets so maybe this explains it…). This past weekend we had our second one, implementing some things we learned from the first one.
#1 Invite enough people in a variety of sizes.
I had a handful of clothes that had gotten too small for me in the past year, but they’d be perfect for someone else. A few other luckier people had clothes that were now too big on them, and some just wanted to make room in their closets and hadn’t changed sizes at all, so make sure you don’t just have a room full of size 8 people and clothes that run from 2-20!
#2 Limit the offerings.
We instituted a less than 20 item rule for this one to keep it from getting overwhelming. This is probably the most important thing we learned from our previous attempt.
Sometimes an item needs to be mulled over and there’s nothing better than mulling with cheese and crackers or a cookie in your mouth.Have a lot of space. We were fancy this go round and had a few clothes racks to hang items on, plus a few tables. A few private areas for people to try things on, like bedrooms and bathrooms, are especially helpful too.
#4 Have a lot of space.
We were fancy this go round and had a few clothes racks to hang items on, plus a few tables. A few private areas for people to try things on, like bedrooms and bathrooms, are especially helpful too.
$5 Sort items.
We weren’t really as organized as we could have been but next time we need to sort things out by style or size, putting all of the skirts in one area, or all of the mediums in one — I think sorting by one or the other, not both — is all the organizing that’s needed.
We’re a cordial group so we waited until everyone had arrived and laid out their wares before signaling GO. There were no catfights or swiping of items from anyone, so we didn’t feel the need to institute any further rules, but know your audience, or don’t invite over total nutters. In fact, I overheard a lot of, “No, you take it, I don’t love it and it looks so good on you!”
As everyone made several passes, people began dropping out of looking through the remaining clothes, of which there were quite a few! Since it’s summertime, the heavier winter clothes stood out as things none of us wanted to even think about right now. At this rate I’m sure we’ll be holding these annually, switching between winter and summer clothes.
At the conclusion of the picking and choosing, those who wanted their original items to go back home with them packed up their items, and the rest were bagged and boxed together to be taken to Goodwill.
Now we’ve all got a few more new-to-us items, a little more room in our closets, and some new outfit inspiration!