First I want to say thank you if you have ever been to a Trendy Trade! If you haven’t, I want to encourage you to be brave and be willing to give it a try this year!
For all of us, it can be scary to try something new, especially if you have no idea what you are getting in to. I am hoping that through these videos, you can check us out in advance and start to feel comfortable with the idea of a clothing swap.
Every single one of us there is in the same boat as you – we are cleaning out our closets and bringing it all to the event – and then searching for our new favorite finds. Everyone comes to have a great time and get great stuff and that’s why we are all there. I think sometimes we think things up in our head like, “Am I going to get judged?” Or, “Will anyone like my stuff? Or “Is my stuff good enough?” and I promise you – no one there is thinking that. All the clothes are screened in private after you drop them off at registration and no one knows who brought what.
If you have never been to Trendy Trade before, I would encourage you to just be willing to give just one event a try! There are a lot of benefits to coming to a clothing swap:
CLOTHING SWAP BENEFITS
- Most inexpensive way to get new clothes
- Meet like-minded women and make new friends
- Get a new wardrobe in under 2 hours (faster than shopping!)
- Do some good while having fun (everything is donated to women in our community that need it.)
- Help women locally and globally (in addition to donating to women in our community, we partner with international organizations committed to rescuing people from trafficking)
- Walk away with hundreds of dollars in new clothes for just $20!
- Something fun and unique to do – it’s a great experience!
Next, I want to share some of my personal favorites that have come through Trendy Trade so that you can see what to expect when you attend a clothing swap with us.
We do get a lot of name brand items at the swaps, the ones I am going to show you today might not necessarily be name brands but are still recognizable, in great shape and cute so we accept them into the swaps. For me personally, when I am deciding what to wear, I don’t look at brand as much as I do fit and quality. For me, it’s more important to feel confident in what I am wearing more than I care about the brand.
My Favorite Clothing Swap Finds
Find #1 – The first item I want to show you is one that you may have seen on one of my other videos, (Shop by Fit, Not Size) but I absolutely adore this one. This one is polyester, rayon and spandex. It’s tan colored with a black floral lace pattern that looks like an overlay but isn’t. French darts are sewn in from the waist up and then from the waist down there is a little bit of a flare to the skirt. It has short sleeves and zips up the back. Something like this you would get for $25 originally at Forever 21.
Find #2 – The next item I absolutely love is this pair of slingback heels. I always try to have a neutral pair of heels in my closet. They are my go-to shoes for anytime daytime casual outfit – they are great to just dress it up a little bit. Any shoes that come in to Trendy Trade need to be new or in like-new condition. This brand (Style & Co) is one you would find at Macy’s. These originally retail for about $50. If you were to buy them used on an app like Poshmark, they’d go for about $25 in this condition (like-new).
Find #3 – This next item I would have as a wardrobe staple. It’s a denim colored button up shirt from GAP. Their boyfriend fit shirts range from $50-$60, you could catch one on sale for about $35. This is great for layering and is a very light material so can be worn year-round. This is a wardrobe basic and will never go out of style. You can dress this up a little bit. I’d pair it with a brightly colored (maybe yellow) belt around the waist around the top of the shirt and a black infinity scarf. I think would be absolutely adorable.
Find #4 – The next item that I want to share with you that I love is this maroon and black striped pencil skirt from Forever 21. This could be worn so many different ways, either pair with a black t-shirt and multi-stranded necklace for a casual outfit. Or, if you wanted to wear it to the office, maybe pair it with a black button-up collared shirt. It has elastic around the waist and zips up the back. Forever 21 is selling something similar, but not exactly the same, right now for $11. I found similar items on Poshmark that were originally about $20, selling for $10 used.
Watch the video to see all the rest of my favorite clothing swap finds!
I’ll be posting more videos soon of even more items that we have seen come across at Trendy Trade Clothing Swap Events. Don’t forget to head on over to our Facebook page and like Trendy Trade there to stay up to date on all the latest. And sign-up for our newsletter so you can be the first to know about dates for events when we announce them in your area.
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