I was raised on hand-me-downs and to this day my sister and I do clothing swaps. Some of my wardrobe favorites have come from her closet…and only a few of them were smuggled out without her permission.
With the economy as it is, the smart people at Clothing Swap know that we can all use some “new-to-me” free duds. Clothing Swap hosts events in New York and San Francisco (other cities are being added soon) at which people can mingle, enjoy free spa treatments and “shop” other people’s wardrobes.
Here’s how it works: Sign up for an event on the company’s website, then clean out your closet. Attendees must bring at least five gently used items, including clothing, shoes and accessories. Your unwanted items must be fabulous, not frumpy, and in excellent condition. In other words, your threadbare college sweatshirt would not be a welcome item, but those gorgeous Jimmy Choos that became your personal podiatric torture chamber would be.
In exchange you get the thrill of “shopping” for free and reusing items that would otherwise be destined for the landfill. Plus, all items that are not claimed go to charity at the end of the evening.
Who knew that shopping could make you such a good citizen?