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I guess this post is dedicated to the shopaholics out there. That feeling you get when you buy a new pair of shoes or a new pair of pants is sort of addictive. Something different to your wardrobe, something new, something to shake things up a bit. You think about when you can wear your new clothing out. Things are exciting for a while, and then you get the credit card bill.
Your internal voice screams: “What? I paid $150 for these pair of pants? I don't even wear them that often!”
Then you get the guilt. When you see that item of clothing in your closet, it calls at you, telling you “Hey! Remember when you thought I was all that and a bag of chips? What happened?” The wave of guilt courses through your veins again and you close the closet door in remorse.
Aside from the talking clothing, I'm sure that scenario rings a bell.
One way to alleviate this is to organize or attend a clothing swap. Free clothes, you get rid of your old junky clothes you don't want, and you get that feeling of euphoria of wearing something new. AND you save the environment by recycling and re-using clothes. Everyone knows that green is the new black.
Win-win-win situation, if you ask me.
A clothing swap is an organized get-together of people who want to get rid of their clothes, shoes, accessories. You can attend one or create one. It's best if you have at least twenty people coming so there's more variety. If you spread the word through an event created on Facebook, I'm sure tons of people will come, eager to get rid of the stuff collecting dust in their closet. During the event, you can socialize, there can be food and drink (and maybe some booze), and you can try on and find some treasure and go home happy.
I went to a clothing swap about two years ago organized by my friend. It was held at a yoga studio (no yogis were harmed, don't worry) and there was food and drink and it was great. I picked up two pair of black capris, a pair of green cargo pants, and two black tops. And for some reason, I wear these clothes so often its not even funny! The reason I wear them isn't because they were free (though that thought crosses my mind every time I don these clothes and it puts a smile on my face), it's because they fit well.
Clothing swaps are great for your budget because they are absolutely free. You still get that temporary euphoria when you have new clothes (new to you, anyways) but you don't have to hurt your budget for this. Getting rid of junk is one of my financial cleanse recommendations. I would highly recommend this especially for college students, when you have zero income but don't want to deprive yourself of shopping.
Here are some links to get you started:
- Clothing Swap– These guys have gathered up 175+ clothing swaps.
- Posh Swaps– an online clothing swap company
- Swap Style– another online clothing swap
- Meetup.com– check out if there are meet up groups near you
- Get Crafty has a “how to” on how to host a clothing swap (but they call it a NLP-Naked Lady Party)
Have you ever been to or created a clothing swap? Do you find them as awesome as I do?
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