I heard a great idea that you might like

@dragon54u (31651)
United States
February 27, 2009 8:01am CST
Apparently people are getting together and having clothing exchange parties. It's quite a bit of fun, with simple snacks and drinks and all the clothes displayed nicely on hangars or folded neatly, like in a store. Moms/career women are doing this a lot in order to extend their wardrobes and those of their children. The clothing must be gently used with no patches or rips or broken zippers, and clean. People are saving a lot of money this way! Is this something you'd think about doing? It could be a lot of fun!
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@athinapie (1151)
• Philippines
27 Feb 09
Hello there! Wow! That is actually a great idea. And imagine the savings that you get by doing that. Maybe one day I could initiate something like that with my friends too.
@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
27 Feb 09
It could be a lot of fun as well as extending your wardrobe. You could have some nice music, have everyone bring a dish and turn it into a potluck lunch!
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@Krisneil (577)
• Philippines
28 Feb 09
Our family always doing this kind of stuff..:) maybe all citizen of my country doing this. because our country is poor and need saving like this way, repair those broken things, recycle those garbege thing, something like that.
@neha2k94u (408)
• India
28 Feb 09
Well thats a great Idea...gotta think about that... Though I dont like wearing somebody else's clothes...It seems to be funny...
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@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
28 Feb 09
They are all properly cleaned before the exchange. Haven't you ever bought used clothing? It's a way of life for many of us here in the States, especially since prices on new items are so high. I realize that this idea might be strange to some who are used to only new clothing, though. The economy is so bad here that things like this are catching on very quickly!
@reneerose (106)
• United States
27 Feb 09
That is a fantastic idea, especially for churches or groups of people who are already connected by some common thread. It could serve to draw the community even closer to each other. I love the idea of making it party-like with food! Food always makes or breaks a gathering, don't you think?
@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Yes, "breaking bread" has always been a way to connect and show friendship. It could be a potluck or have a common theme like appetizers. This would be great for churches! Good for any type of group, really, and men should go for it, too!
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• United States
27 Feb 09
My friends neighborhood did this and it was great. I got almost all of the school shopping done for my family and was able to bring the clothes my kids had grown out of that were still good. I was good all the way around. The clothes that were left over were gathered and donated to the local thrift shop. We didnt have treats or anything like that but we had a great turn out. Maybe it would have been better if we had treats...lol. Thanks.
@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
27 Feb 09
That's great! Maybe next time you can each bring an appetizer or sandwich makings or something. Really, just bring your own lunch and everyone can taste!
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• United States
27 Feb 09
That sounds like such a great idea! This is something I will have to discuss with other moms around here to see if they would be interested in doing it. It kind of sounds like it may work along the same lines as they cooking exchange parties. I've always wanted to participate in one of those too. Has anyone here ever been to one of those?
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@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
27 Feb 09
I've never participated in a cooking party but I've read about them and they sound like a lot of fun. It's a great idea, especially for those people who work all week and don't really have time to cook meals with variety.
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@sid556 (30999)
• United States
28 Feb 09
My daughters have done it...it is pretty fun. It is great for single parents.I, myself, have not been a big part of one of these parties bu I do swap clothes with my friends all the time....why not?
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@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
28 Feb 09
The most attractive thing about this idea for me is making it into a social event, a party! Everyone can bring a small dish or pack their lunch and exchange them with others so everyone gets something different from their usual fare! I like the potluck idea, though, with everyone taking home leftovers for the evening meal--you get to go to a great party, get new clothes and don't have to cook that night!
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@sid556 (30999)
• United States
1 Mar 09
What an awesome idea! I'm going to run it by my 15 year old & my friends. It sounds like a fun time!
@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Sounds like a good idea. Some of us also have garage sales and rummage sales, and sell the clothes, and use the money to purchase things that are needed, or fabric to sew with.
@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
27 Feb 09
When I was playing around with quilting, I used to go to garage sales and buy old clothes to use for quilts. If you have some old ones that are ripped in one place or so, you could cut them into 12" squares and sell them for quilting supplies!
• United States
27 Feb 09
Hi Dragon, I have done that too. Also you can take clothes and reconstruct them into clothes for children, or reconvert them into something that you too can use. I have made several quilts that way too. Also pillows, dresser scarves, wall hangings, poke wreaths, etc.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
3 Mar 09
It sounds like a great idea if you have lots of friends who are all pretty much the same size and have similar taste in clothes. It's a good opportunity to swap some of those things you don't wear very often for something new to you. I have no objection at all to second hand clothes, so I'd attend one of these events immediately if i were invited. My only problem would be finding clothes of my own in decent enough condition to consider offering them for swapping!
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@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
3 Mar 09
That would be my problem! I wear my clothes till they wear out and then I patch them. If they are totally unwearable, I'll cut them up to make quilts or dog toys.
@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
1 Mar 09
You know, outside of garage sales and yard sales I've never heard of this, but, it does sound very interesting. Why not if it saves everyone money all the way around. Today saving money is the name of the game :) Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
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@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
1 Mar 09
As I've read all the replies, I've come to think it'd be fun to make it a party with everyone bringing a lunch to exchange or a potluck. Whole neighborhoods could get into it! Bad for the economy, to be sure, but so good for our wallets!
• United States
1 Mar 09
This was on tv a few weeks ago as well. I would love to be part of something this good. I would be the perfect person to start one in my area. I hate to toss out clothing.
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@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
1 Mar 09
I read about it in a frugal newsletter, but it's great that it was on TV!! The more people know about it the better. I know it's not good for the economy but darn it, people have to look good especially if they work outside the home and this is an affordable way. You should start one! If you go to church you can hold it there, or maybe a group you belong to like a reading club or something. Make it a potluck affair, or everyone bring a lunch to exchange. It can be fun! I refuse to throw away old clothes. I donate them or make them into blankets or something else.
• United States
28 Feb 09
That sounds like a great idea if you knew enough people who'd be able to participate. Otherwise my kids school has a clothing exchange once a year and a local church does as well. They just ask you to donate your unwanted items and get what you need or don't bring anything at all and take what you need. Though if I held an event like this I'd probably hand out tickets so you could only take as much as you brought. Only fair IMO if someone walking out with armfulls and didn't bring a thing as I work too hard rummaging and finding deals to keep us clothed to not get something in exchange, but maybe that's just me.
@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
28 Feb 09
That's a great idea! It would prevent people from "cheating" not from need but from greed. Just between friends, you could trust everyone I would hope but in a big thing like the church you'd have to make some rules.
• United States
28 Feb 09
Hi there, yes that is an awesome idea, I would definitely participate in clothing exchange if I was invited. An also have friends and family over for a party myself if I knew alot of people but unfortunately I dont as of yet. I am frugal of nature and love helping out, and love the idea of reusing things and recycle. The way the economy is right now is a very unfortunate experience for all of us, but I also believe that it is an invitation and opportunity for all of us to live a more frugal lifestyle, I believe many of us has become very materilistic.
@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
28 Feb 09
You're right, the nation as a whole has become very materialistic and that has helped lead to this economic crisis. Maybe we'll now realize that the things that really matter aren't material. You could do the exchange with your friends/family or ask a neighbor is she thinks it's a good idea. Men should do it to, and mothers with children who need "new" clothes. You can turn it into a party with potluck food and donate the rejects to charity. You can have a lot of fun with a concept like this!
@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
28 Feb 09
Hi there my sweet dragon ^_^. That actually sounds like fun, and although i don't know if i would do that here, in my city anytime soon, i would love to take part in one of this events somewhere sometime as it sounds interesting.
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@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
28 Feb 09
It would be very good for men, too--their clothes can be more expensive than we women's clothes! Put up a notice at your school for a clothes exchange, you can even make it men and women both. It may even be a place you could meet a nice girl! Donate the clothes left over to charity. It would be such fun at a school!
@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
28 Feb 09
Hey now that sounds like a great idea! We have this group of people in our neighborhood that does a book exchange once a year. Maybe I'll have to introduce this idea to them. Thanks for the idea!
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@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
28 Feb 09
A book exchange sounds like fun! I'm an avid reader and while I enjoy going to the library, I like to have some books around that I haven't read and don't have to return. Have you heard of paperbackswap dot com? You can have fresh books for the exchange at a very low price. Look into it, my nephew told me about it and I love it! You could even combine the two events and have a potluck dinner, with everyone taking home leftovers so they won't have to cook the next day!
@lynnemg (4538)
• United States
28 Feb 09
That is a good isea. It really would help people save money and get "new" clothes at the same time. Thanks for sharing.
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@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
28 Feb 09
As I have read the reactions to this idea, I've come up with an additional suggestion to make it even more fun. Make it a potluck! If everyone makes a dish in a disposable container and brings it then nobody will have to cook dinner that night!
@come998 (69)
• China
28 Feb 09
It may be true,but is is real an unusual idea.It looks more than magic.If this is a easy way makes people earning money ,more and more people will do it ,I believe.
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@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
1 Mar 09
No, no, people don't earn money this way--they save it! One person's old clothes become another person's new clothes! They trade, then everyone has different clothes from what they used to have. Saving money is about the same as making it.
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
27 Feb 09
This is novel. I've never heard of this before. Here in Trinidad clothes are still fairly plentiful and poor people still can get these easily. I guess you have to be really hard up not to be able to buy some clothes. I need trousers. I only have two pairs and these two are becoming quite used up. I can only wear well with tailor made pants and I had these two made some five or six years ago and they are all I have. I don't even have denims. Maybe I should come o the US and exchange something ? What do you guys think ?
@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
27 Feb 09
I know what you mean, my mother is tall and thin, hard to fit and she has to make her pants last a long time because they are expensive. I sympathize with you! There are many clothes here in the U.S. but they are very expensive and so many of us have lost our jobs, had our hours cut or just can't afford new clothes because of rising expenses. That's when clothes party exchanges come in handy!
@SomeCowgirl (32264)
• United States
27 Feb 09
I enjoyed that idea! I think that it would be a lot of fun, like a garage sale except it's free! Sounds like it would be fun though and also economical! Have you by chance participated in one of these?
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@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
27 Feb 09
I haven't been to one of these, although I'd love to. I think it would be fun, especially if you included kids' clothes and got to bring your kids so they could play together. A potluck lunch would make it even better.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
27 Feb 09
I have heard of this over here. Some quite up market women are doing it apparently. Kind of Chanelware party! LOL. More power to them I say. I went into a store with my daughter on Wednesday and it was like a jumble sale. Real throwaway tat.
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@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
27 Feb 09
A lot of women are doing this and I think it'd be a good idea for men, too. Clothes are expensive! Of course, it's not good for the economy but we do what we have to, right?
• United States
27 Feb 09
I have heard of this before and never thought much about it. But in these economic times, when saving money has become paramount, it's really a great idea. Even if I could trade childrens clothes that are still in terrific shape, but too small for my growing child, for a size that fits him, would save a great deal of money each year! I think I need to find one of these exchange programs, it would certainly help save money and the environment.
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@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
27 Feb 09
You could put up a flyer in your neighborhood, or present the idea to your church or social club. It'd really be great if you combined it with a potluck lunch or lunch exchange--pack a lunch, tape it shut and draw numbers!