Before last week, I’d never been to a clothes swap. But I decided to host my own with a wonderful group of women in Penrith. I LOVE finding second hand beauties at markets, on eBay and from my friends’ closets, and I thought a swap would be a fun way to refresh our wardrobes and keep clothes out of the landfill.

     

I hosted the event in the local yoga studio that I go to, Encompass Yoga and Fitness, which has a beautiful atmosphere. Devine Raw Cakes by Kate supported the event with delicious raw, paleo, vegan, nut-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free bliss balls and cakes for us all to enjoy along with a glass of Prosecco! I had a fabulous time eating leftover cakes the day after!

It was such a success, I’m hoping to host another clothing swap in the spring!

If you aren’t in Sydney, or if you love the idea of hosting a clothing swap of your own but don’t know how to go about it, I want to give you some tips on how to create a similar gathering for your friends…truly, it doesn’t have to be complicated! It’s a free way to update your wardrobe, maybe try out a new style and get your hands on that dress of your friends that you’ve been coveting for a while.

Here’s what you do:

  • Decide on an invite list, thinking about how many people your home can comfortably fit. Don’t exclude people that are pregnant or not a similar size as your swap doesn’t have to be for clothes only – think bags, earrings, shoes, scarfs and you could even incorporate some homewear.
  • Set up a private event on Facebook and share what your rules are:
    • How many pieces should your guests bring? (I would suggest a minimum of 5 and maximum of 20 – depending on the size of the group).
    • Explain that clothes are to be clean and in great condition.
    • You may like to set a rule that people can take the number of items they bought. For my swap, we had no limit as people bought so many items. You could just make a call on the day when you see how many pieces bring.
    • At the end of the swap, I suggest donating all leftover items to a charity. Make sure you let your guests know this is your intention and give them the opportunity to take any of their own items back, should they wish.
  • Share my post with tips on how to do your own wardrobe declutter with your guests ahead of the event, to help your guests bring some goodies they are no longer loving. If you or your guests need more hands-on help, shoot me an email – I’d love to help!
  • On the day of the event, set up some tables or clear surfaces in your home. If you have any clothes rails, you may like to use these too, so your guests can flick through clothes. Organise some nibbles, a fabulous Spotify playlist (and maybe some wine!)

If you decide to host a swap of your own, let me know – I’d love to come along or see your pictures.

I’ll be hosting another swap around Spring and I’d love to see you there! Make sure you sign up to my emails so you’re the first to know!

Meanwhile, I’m off to Europe! I’m going back to the UK to watch my beautiful friend get married and then off to Italy with my family for some much needed R&R! Check out my Instagram (@katelouisejennings) to see what we’re up to.

I am just loving Instagram stories at the moment and it’s where I share most of my decluttering tips, check them out!