Swapping: The New Shopping


Last week, I coordinated a clothing swap party for some of the local moms in town. It was a great way for us to clean out our closets and score some new (to us) attire without opening our wallets! If you’re curious, keep reading.  Since I have to make my son his dinner pretty soon, I’ll keep this short and sweet. 🙂

Some people are weird about second hand stuff, and I get it. There’s a bit of a mental hurdle to get over when it comes to buying used items.  As long as things are in good condition, I’m all about it.  Not only is buying second hand a money saver, it’s also the most eco-friendly way to shop.  Buying used goods cuts down on manufacturing demands, give items a longer life, and keeps things out of the landfill.  Anyway, let’s cut to the chase!

Here’s what my event details said:

Clean your closet and trade your stuff at a party where everyone leaves happy and no one spends a dime!


  • Women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories in good condition (no stains or tears.)
  • Please leave socks, undergarments and swimsuits at home.
  • Accessories include belts, purses, jewelry, scarves, hair clips, etc.


10:00 AM – Bring your items to be swapped. Sip, nibble, window shop and mingle!
10:30 AM – Everyone draws a number to determine the order and we enjoy 1 round of ladies selecting 3 favorite items in the order drawn.

~~~The remaining time is a FREE FOR ALL. Walk around and take what you like (be nice, please, no hair pulling!)

(There will be a room/bathroom provided for anyone interested in privacy while trying on clothes.)

* All leftover items will donated to the Paying It Forward Store in Portland.
Kids are welcome.
* Complimentary breakfast treats will be provided!


There were about 10 of us at the party, with a few kiddos running around.  Some of us didn’t know each other before that day, so we made some new friends too!   We all walked away with some great items, and together we filled 6 large garbage bags of women’s clothes to donate to a local charity that helps the homeless.  It was a morning well spent, and we’re already planning the next one: a kids clothes and toys swap!

Alright, someone’s getting hungry, time to swap my blogger hat for the chef one… I’ll sign off with this illustration by Sarah Lasarovic.  So good.




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