Are you finding your closets and dressers overrun with clothing you don’t wear anymore? Then why not organize a family clothing swap? Organizing a family clothing swap is simple, and the end result is clothing that is new to you and a lot less clutter of items you don’t use. Take a look below at some helpful tips on how to host a family clothing swap in your own home, which is sure to be a hit with your friends. Here is how to get started!
1. Set the date.
Give family and friends advanced notice of the swap. Several weeks is ideal so they have time to go through closets and clean out what they no longer need. Choose a time that works for everyone, either early evening or on a weekend.
2. Set the rules.
Ask that each person bring a dozen or more items to swap. Items should be in gently used condition and free from damage. An assortment of styles, gender, and sizes is always ideal. For each item the person brings, they will get a ticket to get a “new to them” item at the swap. For your swap, you can do a general family clothing swap or focus on just kid’s or adult clothing.
3. Prepare the party.
For your swap you will want to put out card tables for people to set their items up on. You can also offer light snacks, or invite guests to bring a snack to share. Serve simple beverages, put on some music, and get ready to have some fun.
4. Start swapping.
When guests arrive, have them set out their swap items. You can also give them a paper ticket for each item they bring. When it comes time to swap, draw names to see who goes first. The person may choose one “new to them” item. You can then choose another name. Once each person has had a pick, start the picks over so each person can move onto their second pick and so on.
Have plastic shopping bags on hand for guests to take their new to them clothing and accessories with them. They will love having new items to take home, and you will love that you just got rid of items you no longer need.
This type of swap does not have to be limited to family. You can include friends or have a neighborhood clothing swap too.
Give these tips for hosting a family clothing swap a try and see how fun it can be to get rid of the old and bring in some new!