Monday, February 27, 2012

Swap Strikes Again

It sounds like a news headline and well, it is kind of an event. Each year it grows. More ladies. More clothes. More donations. This year, along with donating a dozen or more bags and boxes of gently used pants, shirts, dresses, shoes, you name it, we also donated packages of new underwear- one of the top 10 most needed items for the Cherry Street Mission.

If you're not familiar with how a clothes swap works, the idea is to clean out your closet, bring your items and peruse the items that other ladies bring. If it fits- it's yours. The excess is donated.

One thing I particularly love about this set-up is having other women around to give me their opinions.
"Whatdaya think of these sunglasses?"
"Mmm.. not the greatest."
I appreciate the honesty.

Here are some pictures of the swap in action. We tried to have a bit of organization this year by having separate piles for spring/summer tops, fall/winter tops, spring/summer bottoms, fall/winter bottoms, jeans, skirts and dresses, pjs and sports wear, bags, shoes, jewelry, etc.

Hosting a swap is pretty low maintenance. All you need a little organization and volunteers to haul it all away. And there are endless ideas of things you can swap: toys, books, baby clothes, home decor. The only trick is ending up with less than you brought!


Leslie said...

Wow - that's truly amazing, useful, loving and - wow.

Kelli Blinn said...

Sad that I missed this great event! I was invited to one here, but missed it due to a conflit. This girl is in NEED of some new threads too!