Photo: Refresh your wardrobe for free--host a clothing swap

Download this invite for your very own clothing swap!

A great way to shop without spending a dime is to host a clothing swap! No wallet needed.

It's a simple and fun way to keep textile waste out of the landfill and embrace reduce, reuse and recycle fashionably!

Clothing swap do's

  • Invite friends, family, neighbours, and/or co-workers. (Download my invite then customize it.)
  • Suggest a limit like five to 10 used clothing items, accessories, and/or shoes.
  • Stick with a season. Fall or spring is when most of us clean out our closets
  • Include a swap as part of your regular girls' night, Book Club, play date, etc.
  • Request clean and gently used items only.
  • Emphasize that all sizes welcome!
  • Have at least one full-body mirror handy.
  • Donate leftover items to a local charity.

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Clothing swap don'ts

  • No gonch, bras, or bathing suits.
  • No damaged or dirty items.
  • No rummaging through piles or racks with your elbows out! E-How suggests taking turns.

Not sure if an item in your wardrobe qualifies to be swapped? Ask yourself, "Would I give this to my best friend?" If not, leave it out.

What's the best item you scored at a clothing swap?

Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green

November 14, 2011

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Apr 01, 2013
12:20 PM

At 5’1” and 88 pounds nobody I know could wear my clothes! So I give to parents with young adolescents.

Jul 05, 2012
12:09 AM

This clothing swap is really nice. Specifically, this dress looks so comfort, and durability of clothes.

Jan 15, 2012
6:35 AM

Clothing swaps are a good idea.

When donating to charities, also consider the Social Agencies in your town. Some rely on and can easily direct your donation to job seekers, men and women both, who don't have the wardrobe to attend an interview let alone dress in proper work attire long-term.

If you have any type of "professional clothing" that no longer fits or is needed, consider going this route as well.

Dec 04, 2011
1:36 PM

This is such a great idea and so much fun. My favorite kind of shopping is in other people's closets anyway, so doing a clothing swap is perfect. This may not be the most practical idea, but if you have friends who wear the same size, buy clothes together. My friend and I split a pair of shoes and it works for us!

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