Monday, February 8, 2010

Clothing Swap parties sweep the nation

I love fashion phases. The ingenuity of people who realise that they still need to buy clothes, but the recession or even fear of the recession has made people a lot more wary of spending lots of money on clothes.

The second-hand clothes market boomed last year. Savemart, Sallies and Trademe were the main benefactors of people's hard earned clothing cash. I was totally in my element! I LOVE second-hand shopping and being able to show people how to do it effectively and breaking down some stigma barriers was great.

However, we are now riding the wave of the NEW phase of Clothing Swap Parties.! Whoa ho!! Let's swap!! I think this is a great idea. However, being just a tad 'anal' about getting it right I do however think there is a whole lot of swapping going on, but swapping of bad clothes, for more bad clothes?

Unless you have had your colours and shape analysis done, how do you know the new '5' items you picked up will not sit in your wardrobe like the 5 items you gave away? hmmmm, a bit tricky. My suggestion is this. Either invest in getting a one-on-one with someone, and finding out this info so you continue to save money on clothes irrespective as to whether you buy second-hand, new or swap. Or check out my website for the newest option, a colour and clothing swap party all in one!

Colours done, consultant on hand to run the show to make sure its fair AND to make sure what you pick up, is right! Two and a half hours of fun, colours, clothing, trying on and basically having a consultant on hand like your own personal shopper. Plus some new items for the wardrobe.

Jump on the swap bandwagon. What a great way to recycle, pick up some new bits and pieces and get rid of all that stuff you just don't wear. Key things to remember when organising a swap party. Think about who you are inviting. If you are all roughly the same size it does help. But if not, then make sure everyone brings LOTS of clothes and ask them to bring pieces that are too big or too small so you cover as many sizes as possible.


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