I can’t begin to tell you how exciting Thursday night was at the DC Sip & Swap with the Swapaholics from Boston, MA.
Around 5:15pm we could already feel the energy in the Clarendon Ballroom in Arlington, VA. Ladies were steadily dropping off bags and bags of clothes and picking up their complimentary bag for the swap. Some stayed around and relaxed on the sofas and others went to the bar.
Silver Spring Sewing Sisters showed up for the DC Sip & Swap
My girlfriends and I came a bit early to assist with the sorting. This process is no joke. We had to make sure only the best and most current clothing items were to go on the swap floor. Thanks to Lily and a few others for doing such a great job.
By 6:30pm we were in full swing. The bar and the waiting area was buzzing with anxious women who couldn’t wait to get their hands in some fabulous clothes. Many were ordering appetizers and making new friends
We were slowly but surely getting things sorted and put out on tables. Such helpful volunteers who were focused and dedicated.
At 7:30pm the intensity was up by ten times and most were sitting on the edge of their seat or standing near the curtain. I was concerned folks might get trampled on the way in. It sorta reminded me of the Running of the Brides at Filene’s Basement. Total craziness!!!!
One last look at the room before the swappers come in. Everything looks good and we are just about ready.
At 1 minute to 8:00pm as I sent my final tweet before the swap Melissa from the Swapaholics went on the other side of the curtain to say a few words and set the ground rules. Then the curtain opened and that was all she wrote.
By 8:05pm the women were already pulling accessories from the stage and finding plenty of clothing on the tables. The selection was endless.
17 minutes later the racks were empty, the tables were almost cleared off and most of the shoes and purses had been stashed in the ladies bags. Whew! I was worn out just watching them.
Toward the end of the swap the women were taking pictures
in their fabulous finds and most were all smiles.
In the end nothing but table clothes and a few miscellaneous pieces
After the swap ended the Swapaholics moved on to the raffle. Four participants won great giveaways
Overall it was a good time had by all and we can’t wait to do it again. The next Sew Frugal and Black Eyed Susie Swap will be in mid-September. We will be announcing the date very soon and we hope to see you all there.
Enjoy the rest of pics!