How to Host a Clothing Swap

Learn how to host a clothing swap of your own with these quick and easy tips. I’ll share a few tips on organizing events that we have learned the past 5 years with trendy trade. Plus, I’ll share three more clothing swap finds so you know what you can expect to see at upcoming events! (Click image below to play video.)

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We’ve been hosting trendy trade Clothing Swap Events for over 5 years and have learned a lot in that time about what works and what doesn’t. So, today I’ll be sharing some information with you that will help if you decide you want to learn how to host a clothing swap of your own.

When we put on a trendy trade Clothing Swap Event, one of our main goals is to get a group of ladies together and connect everyone and see what happens. Many times really wonderful things happen when wonderful ladies get together, so that is always a thrill to see. On top of that, we get to clean out our closets, free up some space, and go home with great new finds. If all that isn’t enough, everything left goes to a local organization that helps single moms in need. It’s a way to help other women in your community at the same time. That’s why we say “do some good while having fun.”

Those are all of the reasons that we love trendy trade, but the truth is that anyone can host a clothing swap event anywhere they want to, anytime, so if that is something you are thinking of doing, here are a few tips:

  • Invite friends
  • Set some ground rules
  • Keep the swap simple
  • Have fun
  • Find someone to benefit

Invite friends at least 2 weeks in advance

If you are planning to invite your friends, send out invitations at least 2 weeks in advance. If it is just friends, family or friends of friends, you can host the clothing swap in your house. Designate a room or area in your house where you will put everything. Have places for trying on and plenty of full-length mirrors available for everyone to use. (Make sure to clear out your home décor from the room or anything that you wouldn’t want to accidentally get swapped!) Giving everyone at least 2 weeks notice on the invite gives your friends time to prepare and clean out their closets.

Set some ground rules

Next, you’ll want to set clear expectations for your guests so everyone knows what to bring and what to expect. Some of the things we recommend are: types of items to bring, level of cleanliness, timeline for the evening, and swapping rules for fairness. Creating a few ground rules will help set the tone for the swap and help everyone know what to expect.

Keep the swap simple

You can use the things you already have in your house to hang and display the clothing. Ask friends if they have anything you can borrow to help display items for the swap. Tables, chairs and coats racks all make excellent places to lay or hang clothing for display. Put out a few snacks and refreshments, just keep it simple.

Have fun!

Most importantly have fun! Ladies love a reason to get together and this is the perfect excuse to get out of the house, have some fun and help other women at the same time.

Find someone to benefit

Lastly, find someone to benefit. There are going to be items left at the end and ask the ladies there if they mind if anything leftover is donated to a local charity. A lot of thrift stores and charities are used to getting things people don’t want and a lot of times that means things that even the stores and charities don’t want — so it’s nice to help a place that needs it by giving them some of the really nice things that are generated at the clothing swap that you host with you and your friends.

I hope you have found these tips on learning how to host a clothing swap of your own helpful. Don’t forget to click the video above to learn more on how to host a clothing swap, plus see more trendy trade Clothing Swap Event finds!

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trendy trade Phoenix Clothing Swap Event Preview

trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event preview

Ready to spring clean those extra clothes right out of your closet? If so, we have a solution for turning those valuable items you have sitting around into something that you will love to wear.

Join us for the next trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event coming up Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. All women are invited to attend. Plus, we help women in need by donating unclaimed items at the end of each event, so you can feel good about helping, all while having fun.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

It’s like going through the closet of all your friends and taking whatever you want home with you. You’ll want to bring a minimum of five items to trade. We accept stylish dry-cleaned or laundered clothing with no stains or signs of wear, including: pants, tops, jackets, sweaters, coats, dresses, skirts, purses, like-new shoes, belts, hats and other trendy accessories.

The number of items you bring is the number of items you get to also take home. So, bring five, take 5 or bring 20, take 20! For just a small admission fee, participants can walk away with ‘new-to-you’ clothing and accessories; some pieces even with the tags on it.

Unclaimed items at the end of each trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event will benefit UMOM, a local organization that helps mothers and families become self-sufficient after hardship.

A LITTLE ABOUT THE VENUE

Trendy trade loves supporting women and also loves supporting local business, so we find it completely perfect that a woman owned local business will be the venue for the next trendy trade in the Phoenix area. Join us April 11, 2015 at D’Vine Gourmet, located at 4955 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler.

You will love D’Vine Gourmet, run by Tucson native Denise McCreery. McCreery and family established D’Vine Gourmet to share their love of food and wine and their culinary creations with others. During the event, you will have the opportunity to shop their gourmet treats and gifts, plus see their beautiful brand new location!

REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO SECURE YOUR PLACE IN THE SWAP

Trendy trade clothing swap events are open to the public and all women are invited to attend. Admission to swap an unlimited number of items is just $12. Register online in advance at the link below.

REGISTER FOR OUR UPCOMING TRENDY TRADE CLOTHING SWAP EVENT HERE!

SUPPORTING LOCAL WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS

Here is a sneak peek at the women run businesses featured at the next trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event.

Sak Saum Representative Audrey Heine Sak Saum serves the exploited and vulnerable of Cambodia. Though no two stories are alike, the outcome of trafficking and abject poverty is the same: brokenness, hopelessness, shame and life-crushing despair. Sak Saum works to end this devastating cycle by restoring dignity and transforming lives. They believe in seeing people set free through love so they can be empowered for their future. trendy trade is proud to support Sak Saum’ through showcasing their mission and products at our events. For more information about Audrey’s involvement with Sak Saum, please check out our blog here: A Life Repurposed: Audrey’s Story – Part 1A Life Repurposed: Audrey’s Story – Part 2

Denise McCreery of D’Vine Gourmet D’Vine Gourmet was established by the McCreery family to share their love of food, wine and their unique culinary creations with others. D’Vine Gourmet’s beautiful new location boasts their gift shop, wine cellar and commercial kitchen all under one roof. Come see the treats as they are being made! D’Vine Gourmet is also the venue for our next trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event and can be found at 4955 S. Alma School Road, Chandler next to the Good Egg. Their hours are Monday – Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-2pm. Visit them online at http://stores.dvinegourmet.com/.

D'Vine Gourmet trendy trade clothing swap event at D'Vine Gourmet   D'Vine Gourmet, Chandler AZ

Veronica Shaw and Karen Cummings, Co-Founders VISION Marketing & Consulting VISION’s mission is to contribute to the continued success of small businesses, primarily within the healthcare & wellness industries, by becoming an integral part of their business and collaborating to implement tailored, affordable and effective inbound marketing solutions. VISION Marketing & Consulting was created with the client in mind and knows how overwhelming and intimidating marketing may seem at times – so they’ll help to make it simple. With their healthcare marketing services, they’ll do all the hard work and you can reap the rewards! VISION provides small businesses in the Phoenix-metropolitan area with simplified, effective marketing solutions to help grow your business. They make the extra effort to listen and learn what makes a business unique in order to present a customized and effective plan of attack. They are passionate about marketing and excited to see their efforts take small businesses to the next level. For more information or to contact them, please visit their website at: http://www.visionmarketingaz.com/

Lilli Spano and Laurie McPhie will be in attendance with a special offer from Jenny Craig. Join Now For Free + $50 in Food Savings. (Disclaimer: *Plus the cost of food. Plus the cost of shipping, if applicable. Monthly fees of $39 apply. $50 food discounts to be used in $10 increments for each weekly food purchase of $90 US/$95 CAN. Valid at participating centers, Jenny Craig Anywhere, and jennycraig.com. New members only. Program enrollment required. No cash value. Offer ends on 5/29/15. Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Restrictions apply.)

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trendy trade San Diego Clothing Swap Event Preview

trendy trade San Diego clothing swap events

Sunshine and swaying palm trees set the stage for the next trendy trade clothing swap event coming to San Diego soon! You won’t want to miss out so be sure to scroll down to find out how to get your tickets today. Space is limited and the event is open to all women. Plus, when you register online by March 16, you’ll receive a bonus pick!

Join us for the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event coming up Sunday, March 29, 2015. You can do some good while having fun as unclaimed items at the end of each event go directly to helping local women in need.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Bring a minimum of five items to trade to participate in the event. We accept up-to-date and dry-cleaned or laundered clothing with no stains or signs of wear, including: pants, tops, jackets, sweaters, coats, dresses, skirts, purses, like-new shoes, belts, hats and other trendy accessories.

The number of items you bring is the number of items you get to also take home, so it’s like going through the closet of all your friends and taking whatever you want home with you. Bring five, take five or bring 20, take 20! For just a small admission fee, participants can walk away with ‘new-to-you’ clothing and accessories. Typically, items show-up that even still have the tags on them. You never know what treasures you will get to walk away with at a trendy trade clothing swap event.

Unclaimed items at the end of each trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event will benefit local women in need through the San Diego Rescue Mission. SDRM exists to help the homeless and poor create better lives for themselves as well as build a better community for all. To find out more about San Diego Rescue Mission, you may visit their website at sdrescue.org.

ABOUT THE VENUE

Marina Village Conference Center & Marina, located at 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109, is the backdrop for the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event. You’ll find us in suite D6. Parking is in the lot out front and it is free. Just look for the trendy trade signs.

REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO SECURE A SPOT IN THIS EVENT

Trendy trade clothing swap events are open to the public and all women are invited to attend. To ensure that you have a place in the swap, get your ticket in advance. (City regulations prevent sales at the door.) Admission to swap an unlimited number of items is just $15. Register online in advance here.

ARRIVE EARLY FOR RAFFLES AND PRIZES

Local women business owners will be giving away raffles and prizes at the beginning of this trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event, so be sure to arrive early to get in on the action. Here is a sneak peek at the women owned businesses featured at the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event.

Barbara Maisonet runs YOU Choose Life & Business Coaching. She works with top-notch managers and individuals committed to creating a work/life balance, gain clarity on purpose & direction, and have more fun and more freedom on a daily basis. For more information, visit her website at: www.youchooselifecoaching.com/

Nicole Wright with Promise Organix will be a featured woman business owner at the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event! Join us, along with Nicole as she showcases her unique skin care line and products. We are excited to have her joining us and hope you find her products helpful and a good fit for your lifestyle. It might just be what you’re looking for.

Rosita McLaurin is a San Diego realtor who will listen, advise and guide rather than push. She is committed to helping her clients every step of the way.

Emalyn will also be joining us with her fabulous spa-like body wraps! Don’t miss it and come pamper yourself!

Paula Shoemaker with Flowers in Balloom makes unique, handcrafted flowers made from balloons! The balloon flowers are made in an array of colors, shades and patterns that range from the realistic to the surrealistic, and from the identical to the whimsical. Each flower is tastefully and creatively embellished with rhinestones, embroidery, beads, stones, pearls, sequins, fur and various other materials. And, since every flower is made by hand, no two flowers are alike, which makes Flowers in Balloom a one-of-a-kind floral creation! Flowers in Balloom can be used to decorate hair, hats, clothing, gift packages, and in many other ways!

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trendy trade Sacramento Clothing Swap Event Preview

trendy trade clothing swap event Sacramento

We are excited to announce a first for trendy trade clothing swap events as we open up the event to a new city, Sacramento! You won’t want to miss out so be sure to scroll down to find out how to get your tickets today. The event is open to all women; space is limited.

Join us for the inaugural trendy trade Sacramento clothing swap event coming up Saturday, March 7, 2015. All women are invited to attend. Plus, you can do some good while having fun as unclaimed items at the end of each event go directly to helping local women in need.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Bring a minimum of five items to trade to participate in the event. We accept up-to-date and dry-cleaned or laundered clothing with no stains or signs of wear, including: pants, tops, jackets, sweaters, coats, dresses, skirts, purses, like-new shoes, belts, hats and other trendy accessories.

The number of items you bring is the number of items you get to also take home, so it’s like going through the closet of all your friends and taking whatever you want home with you. Bring five, take five or bring 20, take 20! Participants can walk away with ‘new-to-you’ clothing and accessories. Typically, items show up that even still have the tags on them. You never know what treasures you will get to walk away with at a trendy trade clothing swap event. Visit our FAQ page for more details on what is accepted into the swap.

Unclaimed items at the end of each trendy trade Sacramento clothing swap event will benefit local women in need through Acres of Hope. To find out more about Acres of Hope, you may visit their website at acresofhopeonline.org.

ABOUT THE VENUE

Journey Church, located at 9001 Foothills Blvd, Roseville is the backdrop for the next trendy trade Sacramento clothing swap event. Just look for the directional signs and follow them into the plaza. Parking is in the parking lot in the front and around the sides of the building. Parking is free. Overflow parking is available on the side street (Niblick Dr.)

REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION

Trendy trade clothing swap events are open to the public and all women are invited to attend. To ensure that you have a place in the swap, register online in advance for this complimentary inaugural event. Register online in advance here.

HELPING WOMEN IN NEED

One of the things we are passionate about is helping women, especially single mothers, both locally and globally. At this trendy trade Sacramento clothing swap event, we are proud to have representatives from both Sak Saum and Acres of Hope in attendance. Here is a sneak peek at both organizations and how they help women in need.

SAK SAUM

Sak Saum serves the exploited and vulnerable of Cambodia. Though no two stories are alike, the outcome of trafficking and abject poverty is the same: brokenness, hopelessness, shame and life-crushing despair. Sak Saum works to end this devastating cycle by restoring dignity and transforming lives. They believe in seeing people set free through love so they can be empowered for their future. Trendy trade is proud to support Sak Saum through showcasing their mission and beautiful items available for purchase at our events.

A sampling of Sak Saum's beautiful handmade products available for purchase

A sampling of Sak Saum’s beautiful handmade products available for purchase

ACRES OF HOPE

Through their faith-based program, Acres of Hope provides a long-term housing option for homeless women with children. Acres’ program helps mothers transition out of destructive cycles and patterns of behavior that have led to homelessness and into whole and healthful living that gives them long-term stability and hope. Trendy trade is proud to support Acres of Hope through our Sacramento area clothing swap events. Unclaimed items at the end of each trendy trade Sacramento clothing swap event will be donated directly to meet the needs of mothers at Acres of Hope as they transition back into the workforce. Additional items will also be donated to their local boutique, ReNew.

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