How to organise a clothes swap
Do you love fashion but struggle to afford all the fab new trends that come and go? Don't stress Chomas. We have the answer. A clothes swap with your equally fashionable friends.
A clothes swap is a great way of updating your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Now you can get rid of those clothes you haven't worn in forever, and get something in return! How fabulous!
Clean out your cupboard and gather everything you don't wear but that is still in good condition - clothes, shoes, accessries - you name it. Ask your mom and sisters if they have anything to contribute. Mom's vintage clothes are probably back in fashion.
Here’s how to host the best clothes swap yet:
Choose somewhere casual and fun. Your living room or even school library will do. Just make sure you have enough space for an explosion of friends and fashion.
Make a list of the fashion divas you want to invite to the swap. Don’t invite too many as things can get chaotic. Between 10 – 15 peeps is a nice number for your first event. Remember, not everyone will be able to make it so always invite more than you expect. Create an event on Facebook and invite your fashion forward chomas. SMS them or create a Whatsapp group if that's easier. In the invite make sure to include time and place and ask everyone to bring clothes, accessories and/or shoes that they don’t wear but someone else might. Ask everyone to bring a plate of snacks to really make it festive.
On the day
- Clear the room and make sure there is space for everyone to lay out their swag.
- Get a table for all the drinks and snacks you and your guests have provided.
- Set up some music and flowers to create a nice vibe.
- Get a full length mirror so that everyone can try things on before they swap.
- Remind your friends that items can be tailored or turned into something new if they don’t fit perfectly.
- Oh and not forget to snap pics of you and your friends and your new fashion finds and post them on Facebook.
- When people arrive you can give them tokens – one for every item bought – which they can use to ‘buy’ other items.
- If you want to be less formal just ask that your friends swap item for item so that no one goes home empty handed.
- Any item that does not get snapped up can be donated to charity.
- If you want to make some money for you or your school out of your clothes swap, sell tickets to your event. You can use some of the money to buy drinks and snacks and the rest as a profit.
- Ask your community to donate prizes and sell raffle tickets.
And there you have it Chomas. A clothes swap is a great way to spring clean your cupboard and get some new threads for mahala. Good luck Chomas. Let us know how your clothes swap goes.
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