If you're looking to freshen up the offerings in your own closet without spending a dime, hosting a clothing swap is a great way to declutter your own closet while bringing in new clothes.
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Before you head out to buy new clothes, consider hosting a clothing swap. Over at the financial and frugality blog Get Rich Slowly, they've put together a guide to hosting a clothing swap. If you're pondering whether it's worth the effort, consider their clothing budget:
I spend almost nothing on clothes. According to Mint, I've spent $US199.50 to clothe my family of five this year. They say the average U.S. household has spent $US1258.62. That's more than six times my spending.
It's been years since I walked into a clothing store, tried on styles I liked and bought myself a new pair of jeans. That doesn't mean I'm content to dress like a slob, or wear the same tried-and-true favourites season after season. I change up my wardrobe every few months with a huge shopping spree - from my friends' closets.
So what should you do to have a successful swap? Aside from the obvious things — like insisting that all clothes come to the swap fresh from the washer or dry cleaner — you should collect clothing in advance. Whoever is hosting the event should coordinate drop offs well before the swap day.
Encourage people to drop off their donations a few days in advance, so that you have time to set up and sort the loot before the event starts. This helps cut down on chaos. People will bring clothes as they arrive on the day of the swap; it's human nature to do these things at the last minute. But you can get a head start by taking things early and having piles already going when your first guests arrive.
Check out the full article for additional tips on hosting a great clothing swap. If you've hosted or participated in one, tell us all about it in the comments.
Dress Yourself For Free: How to Host A Clothing Swap [Get Rich Slowly]