plan a neighborhood clothing swap

plan a neighborhood clothing swap

Written By

Kait Kucy

Just as the saying goes, one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure! Don’t discard your closet rejects so hastily – help them find a glamorous new home by organizing a neighborhood clothing swap.

Now, when I say neighborhood don’t get overwhelmed. Unless you have extensive event planning experience, you should start small. Think a block party but for clothes! This is a great way to make room in your closet for delightful new finds. Expand beyond women’s clothing and help new mothers in the neighborhood find sweet little gems for their little ones.

Organizing a clothing swap is fairly simple. Here are the easy steps to pulling together your own:

  1. Choose a date, location and a time. If you’ve got a big room in your home or have access to a local community space, this would be perfect for a winter-time swap. Summertime swaps can be set-up in a garden or with tables and racks right on the sidewalks.
  2. Spread the word! I have included an easily customizable invite here for you to download and print off. Fill in your swap’s details and drop off to your neighbors. Be sure to give them at least a couple of week’s notice as we all know how long it takes to sift through our belongings.
  3. Ensure that everyone washes or drycleans each item of clothing.
  4. On the day of the swap, you will need to have designated areas for each different kind of clothing items. When accepting the items from your neighbors, count each item and give them a raffle ticket for each accordingly. This is how they will “buy” new clothes from the swap. It’s a great way to ensure a one-for-one plan instead of a mass pillaging of the emptied closets.
  5. Any leftover clothing at the end of the swap is fair game for anyone still hanging around to take home. Once the swap is officially over, fold and bag up any remaining clothing and take to your nearest charity drop-off.
  6. Hurray! Your first neighborhood swap is complete and it is likely that you have some great new pieces to rework into your wardrobe!

You can also take your swap to the next level by providing some light refreshments like lemonade or hot chocolate. It doesn’t take much to pull together a potlucked table of delicious baked goods. Could there be anything better than delicious sweets and “shopping” for new clothes? I think not!