Rachel Avalon shows you how to host a clothes swap for an eco friendly lifestyle.
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How to Host a Clothes Swap
Hey people, its me Rachel Avalon and right now we’re going to focus on one of the ultimate eco-friendly, low consumers and charitable parties you can throw, a clothes swap Soiree. You’ll get to keep clothes out of landfills, reduce your spending practice good feng shui by releasing the old and welcoming the new and free yourself for at least one day from conventional consumerism.
It’s a perfect solution to giving your stuff another chance to be adored by someone else and revitalizing your own wardrobe at the same time. Truth to be told this may sound like a girly event which it really can be. But, it’s totally doable with guy friend as well. I just want to recommend co-ed parties, little distracting.
Now, don’t let styles, sizes or age be an excused because what you’ll find is your friends who invite other friends and you’ll end up with a fantastic range of styles, sizes and age. In fact, at my last clothes swap, the age range alone was 23-81 and we all had a blast. As far as invites go, you'd probably want to send out an email to 20 people and let them know that they can bring friends as well, just as long as everyone RSVP’s.
It’s a good idea to over invite because some people are already had plans. You’ll want 6-12 guests at the actual clothes swaps Soiree in order to keep things fun and manageable. Now, there are few different ways to do this which you can look up online like East Coast or West Coast rules. But here are the Avalon rules.
First, everything is free, nothing is bought or sold. There's no requirement of how much or how little you can bring or take home although it is usually nice to bring one or two bags. Before the end of the night, everyone holds up the goodies they’ve selected. If someone holds up a little goody that you somehow missed you get to try it on. And then, if you're still interested play rock, paper, and scissors to determine who gets to keep it.
Okay, here’s the stuff to ask your friends to bring. Any clothes, dresses, skirts, pants, yoga fitness wear, tank top shirts, sweater, etcetera also scarves, gloves, shoes, jewelry, bags, sunglasses, belts and coats. Another thing I like to mention in the invite is for your friends not to worry about the condition of whatever they bring because someone in the group may have a total vision for revitalizing these whole tatter things.
Of course, nice newer stuffs is welcome too which you can say in email. Now after you’ve sent out the invitation about a month in advance, so people really have the chance to clean out their closets and a reminder email. It’s time for the main event. Make sure everyone arrives as close to on time as possible and that they bring some short laundry baskets then with some sticky notes and a pen nearby. Make sure that all your guests label the bottom of their laundry baskets with their names, so that no one gets confuse with whose basket belongs to who after the party.
A clothes swap can get crazy pretty quickly, so being organize really helps. Also have some written or printed out labels ready to go in events, let say things like skirts, pants, jewelry, etc. now tape the pre-named labels on the laundry baskets and have everyone starts sorting this stuff. Don’t wait for all your guests to arrive to organize. When everyone is there and things are sorted, ask for their attention, thank for them coming and then let them know that they have one hour to pick things out, try things on and socialize.
Having a timer as well as few mere set up in a different room away from the goodies really helps. Be sure to also put some music on before your guests arrive, otherwise, you’ll probably be too busy, destructed and having fun to think of it. After the hour is up, have everyone to sit in a circle and take a turn holding up their new found treasures. In addition, to the ohs and ahs, this is the time for anyone to try something on being shown and play rock, paper, scissors if needed. Or remember, its just stuffs, so if someone else want something. There's always a next clothes swap to look forward too.
Once the circle is finished, its time to let your guests know two things. One, they can pick out any remaining clothes and take them home. Two, that you need volunteers. This is the really important part because even after loading up on tons of new fun stuff, there's bound to be lots of extras. In fact, they have been about ten big bags donated from parties that I've help. So split the tasks and have them haul off some of that stuff to their cars.
Of course, things can be donated anywhere but you may want to do a little research and find a team shelter or another specific cause that you really care about. Organizing the clothes swap Sauer does take effort but it is worth every bit and I'm sure that your new friends and your old friends will agree. Okay, that’s it for now. Thanks for watching, please remember to subscribe if you haven’t already and as always, shine on.