Forget Shopping! We’re Swapping!

For October’s OAM Event we invited ladies over for a…

Clothing Swap

We wanted to do something casual, something fun, and something none of us have attempted before. And now… we know this is going to be a yearly staple for OAM!

Here’s how we did it.

THE INVITE:

Ask guests to clean out their closets, jewelry, shoes, and other accessories. Bring items that are clean, ready to wear, and hangers to accompany them! We also asked the girls to wear tanks for easy changing! Imagine your living room being turned into a huge department store changing room, because that’s what will happen!

THE PREP:

We had 3 clothing racks (provided by a lovely friend of ours) set up around Tosha’s living room. We hung our clothes up for ease for our guests to follow suite. One rack was dedicated to t-shirts and tanks, another sweaters and jackets, and the third was home to skirts and dresses.

The couch was used for jeans and shorts, and the hallway was shoes, shoes, and more shoes! We used the coffee table for the accessories!

THE SPREAD AND SOCIAL LUBRICANTS:

Food and Drink (Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Spiked Apple Cider). At any party it’s best to have food and drinks out where your guests can access them easily. Luckily Tosha’s apartment layout is perfect for entertaining.

The number system – it’s a drawing as to who gets to go first! Have small pieces of paper with numbers 1 to the amount of your guests. Have a handy bowl, cup, cute OAM mug 😉 ready to go for your guests to draw from!

Mirrors. Ladies want to see before they buy. Although there is no buying, it’s still a good idea to have a few mirrors set up for the “trying” on portion of the night. We had 2 floor mirrors, the bathroom, and an array of decorative mirrors Tosha already had hung up in her place.

THE PARTY:

It’s always a good sign when your guests show up and are impressed by what they see. Have everything ready and set out before they arrive. When they enter, show them around and have them place their items appropriately. Then get some food and drink in their hands! Encourage browsing through the clothes and trying things on. This will make the picking portion run smoothly.

Hand out some index cards and pens for the ladies to remember what they loved. It’s easy to forget what you had your eye on once the swap begins.

Once all of your guests have shown up and have had a chance to browse, have them pick their number. This will be the order that the swap will go in.

Stop all browsing and give everyone about 30 seconds during their turn to pick up their items. We did 5 rounds. Number 1 goes first, picks their item, then 2 and so forth…

Once everyone has gone 5 times, the swap is open to a free for all! Your guests can grab whatever items and take them on home!

Remember – just because the swap portion is over, that doesn’t mean everyone has to run on home! Have drinks, food, and enjoy each other’s company!

THE AFTERMATH:

Not all of the clothes will be swapped. There will be some left over at the end of your event. This is your opportunity to become a do-gooder! Charity Charity Charity! Donate all left over items to charity!

Clothes left over from the swap that were donated to charity.

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20 Comments on “Forget Shopping! We’re Swapping!”

  1. October 17, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Such a great idea! I think Im going to try hosting one of these!

    • October 17, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      You should! All of the girls had loads of fun! And if you decide to host, take some photos! We’ll add them to our event page 🙂

    • October 17, 2012 at 11:14 am #

      Awesome! If you do, snap some pictures and send us an email (onceamonth4ladies@gmail.com) with how it went 🙂 We would love to hear from you!

  2. October 17, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    Some of my favourite pieces have come from clothing swaps. It really is a fabulous idea. Thanks for checking out marikaesque.wordpress.com 🙂 Glad it lead me to your blog–it’s a whole lot of fun!

  3. October 17, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Fabulous idea!!

  4. aliberky
    October 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    This has been one of my favorite OAM events so far: like shopping with a bunch of girlfriends, but not having to worry about blowing your budget, because it’s all free! In addition to the tops and jeans I grabbed, I was ecstatic to come home with some ‘new’ dress pants (a wardrobe staple I was in desperate need of) just in time for a job interview this week!

  5. October 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Fantastic idea! However, don’t you get a bit self-conscious along the line of “everyone has nicer stuff than me nobody will want my old stuff”? No?

  6. October 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    OMG!! I want to come to yours! When’s the next one. 😉

  7. October 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Wow, I love this idea!

  8. October 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    My coworkers and I do this every year (in fact, it took place about three weeks ago). It’s such fun! I don’t necessarily come home with a ton of newish stuff, but it gives me a reason to get rid of the stuff I never wear (and probably shouldn’t have bought in the first place). And it’s economical for everyone! And it was a boon when I was in the middle of my weight loss endeavors… when one doesn’t want to buy a bunch of new stuff only to shrink out of it soon thereafter.

  9. kendraalyse
    October 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    I really love this idea. Any excuse to get together with the girls is awesome. Add fashion and “thrifting” to the mix, and I think this is a recipe for some serious fun. I’m completely impressed. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

  10. October 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    I love this idea!

  11. October 18, 2012 at 1:01 am #

    A friend of mine has organized a few of these here in Malta but they’ve never heard of such things over here and its actually been doing quite well with a few parties under her belt now. Great way to meet new people, get some ‘new’ clothes. I like how you did it with the numbering system too- a little less chaotic than everyone running and grabbing hehe

  12. October 18, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Love this idea. I usually host a vision boarding party, but I think may start a Clothing Swap too. thank you for the wonderful idea

  13. November 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    This would be great fun!! thanks for the post.

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