We’re at it again. Black Eyed Susie and I are joining forces to bring you another fantastic swap
Below are a few more fun photos from World Swap Day I wanted to share with you. Look at all the bags of clothes these ladies hauled away. Thanks to all the volunteers, The Swapaholics and Susie for closing her shop for the day to make this swap possible. Susie and I are already planning for the next swap in April. Be sure to get your tickets early.
Don’t be tardy to the Swap Party ladies
A little over a year ago I attended my first clothing swap as part of National Swap Day. It was organized by Anika Alexander and held in Silver Spring, MD. There were approximately 25 women who attended. I had so much fun I decided to forego my plans the next day and attend another swap the next afternoon at Nana’s in Mt. Pleasant DC where there were at least 50-60 women in attendance. I never would have guessed a year later I would have attended at least 13 swaps, stopped buying clothes for a year and hosted three swaps of my own. Wow what a difference a little inspiration makes.
Last summer I partnered with Susie of Black Eyed Susie after acquiring the Greater Washington DC Clothing Swap on Meet Up. At that time there were just over 300 members and we have grown to 377 with new members joining everyday. It has been challenging yet fun every step of the way.
Each Swap Til You Drop event Susie and I have organized takes on its own look and feel. Each one has its own unique outcome and they just continue to get better and better. Friday nights swap was no different. First and foremost it was in the evening. This was the first time we tried an after work swap and surprisingly about 55 women showed up. We sold out almost two weeks ago. They were all so positive, brought great items and had such a great time.
Thanks to the lovely ladies, Melissa Massello and Amy Chase of the Swapaholics out of Boston for their encouragement and the inspiration of World Swap Day. They sent us some cool goodies to go inside the tote bags they provided which added to the energy and excitement of the evening.
The Swapnista’s began to arrive to Black Eyed Susie around 5:30pm. Dropping of their items and, picking up their drink tickets and chatting with one another. Most went over to the Getaway to get their free glass of wine and have some appetizers and about 6 others stayed behind to volunteer. Thanks to you guys we were able to get the clothes up on the rack in record time with moments to spare.
Even though is was a little frigid outside you never heard anyone complaining and when 7pm rolled around we were ready to let the swapping begin. Click below to see all the happy swappers coming into the store.
Once inside the swappers headed to their own special area. Clothing was separated by small, medium and large. Shoes were on the shelves and purses were hung on the wall. We had so many accessories we had to use the table and the counter.
So many clothes we had to bring out extra clothing racks and hangers just to get everything hung up.
In the end these fabulous Swapnista’s walked away with some pretty great items.
Many other swappers left with heaping bags of clothes, shoes and accessories.
Susie and I just can’t wait to do this again. Keep your eyes peeled for our next swap coming in April. You can begin cleaning out those closets now in preparation for spring cleaning. Springtime swaps are always so much fun! See you then.
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Swap Til You Drop Part 3 in Celebration of World Swap Day!
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What fun I had during Saturday’s dewdropDC swap. The best part of it was I didn’t have to organize it YAY!! Didn’t have to worry about set up, refreshments, hangers, tables etc. What a relief. All I had to do was collect enough clothes from my closets and drawers and bring them to Hillyer Art Space for the swap. Sweet!
Overall I think Kristine, the organizer, did a good job with securing a venue that was spacious and comfortable. The deal is you take away as much as you drop off. I dropped off 12 pieces and wish I would have brought more.
Unfortunately I arrived 30 minutes late looking for a parking space. But once inside I found there was plenty to choose from. I found 3 brand new dresses (moda, BCBG and calvin klein), a pair of jeans, two pairs of shoes, a sweater, a jean jacket and two long sleeve t-shirts. I scored!
A little swap advice from a semi swap vet
Swaps can be a hit or a miss. You never know what you will find. Remember swaps typically are a gamble and perhaps you will walk away with great items and maybe you won’t. If you have really high end clothing that you aren’t wearing take it to a consignment shop and get $$’s for it. Don’t end up with regrets because you took a Betsy Johnson dress to a swap and walked away with a dress from Target. No offense to Target but there is no way you will get an even deal on that one so don’t expect it.
I have been to at least 25 swaps in the past year. Each one is different and I set my expectations accordingly. I consistently bring good quality clothing that is in good condition but I’m not taking my Karen Millen or Louis Vutton purses. I will however bring BCBG, Tahari, ann Taylor and Banana Republic just to name a few. Just as I don’t want to walk away with buyers remorse I don’t desire to have swappers remorse.
Want to organize your own swap?
When planning your own swap I suggest you start off small. Swap with a group of your girlfriends in a more intimate setting and attend other swaps so that you can find our what works best. Take your time and organize it well. Then build up to bigger and better. Collaborate with others and get good helpers. They will be key.
Is swapping for you?
Lastly, swapping isn’t for everyone. Many people have hangups about wearing another persons clothing or rummaging through piles of clothes. If you are that girl then stay clear from swaps. If you are open and looking for an adventure be sure to check with and ask questions to the organizer before you buy a ticket or make your way over to the swap. Find out if the clothes will be separate by size, how many participants will there be, if there is a message board ask the participants what sizes they are bringing, will there be food, will clothing be on a hanger or on tables? All these things make a difference in your experience. If the swap is missing some essential components that are important to you then it best you stay home and catch the next one.
What I love about clothing swaps
Bottom line is I love swapping. I’ve spent a year avoiding department stores and have successfully used swaps and thrift stores to build my professional wardrobe. I’m looking forward to continuing in this direction for year two. I’ve saved so much money and have found some great unique items to add to my wardrobe. Thanks to the great donors. I look forward to more swapping fun.
See below pics from dewdropDC this past weekend
Photo: Tobey Ward/The Feast
On Sunday, Columbia Heights second-hand boutique Black Eyed Susiehosted a clothing swap that packed the tiny shop to capacity. We caught up with event organizers Susie Saadian and Jennifer Mason as they sorted clothing before the madness began.
“We had our first swap in May,” Saadian told us, “and it went so well, we decided to try to do them quarterly. It’s a really great, inexpensive way for people to get new clothing.” And judging from the mountains of clothing strewn around the shop, swappers were eager to clean out their closets for the event.
Of this swap’s selection, Mason said, “I’ve noticed a lot of brand new items with the tags still on and some fabulous accessories. Someone brought 15 amazing leather purses.”
Click through to see the crowd and the goods at D.C.’s latest swapping extravaganza.
I have to admit this swap was so much fun! Even as a planner this was more fun than the last Swap Susie and I held back in May.
Approximately 60 women from the DC area showed up to swap out their gently worn clothing for new gently worn clothing to add to their wardrobes. The women were cheerful, excited and anxious when they stopped by Black Eyed Susie around noon to drop off their clothing.
By 12:15pm Susie and I had a steady flow of participants who brought anywhere from 5 to 41 pieces of clothing, purses, shoes and other accessories. For about 45 minutes Susie, myself and about 6 other volunteers scrambled to get clothes hung up on the racks and shoes lined up on the floor.
After the ladies dropped off their wares they went across the street to The Getaway to pick up their free Mimosa. At about 12:55pm we almost had everything hung up on the racks.
Susie and I then began to give away the prizes. We gave away 3 BES gift certificates and 3 free Sewing Classes.
A few minutes later the swapping began:
Midway through Susie was making pitches for various leftover clothing
Below are some of my fantastic finds. Thank you to all the donors for bringing sucj fabulous ites to the swap.
Doing my best to unload as much as I can this weekend at the swap. Remembering clothing swaps are only as good as the stuff you bring to them. I washed a couple loads of clothes and threw a few unwanted items in the wash so that they are clean for the swap.
Digging around today, and I’m not done yet, I found another pair of boots, more shoes I’m no longer wearing, a sweater and two suits. Tomorrow I’m going to look through all the sweaters I stored under my bed and look through my jeans, skirts and blouses.
Take a peek into what’s in my swap bag. Perhaps you can grab some of these items at the swap.
More pieces will be added tomorrow and Friday……
I struck a deal with myself when I began “the 365 day challenge”. I said self, for every item of clothing picked up at a thrift store or a swap, you must donate or swap out an item from your current wardrobe……….Well let’s just say I didn’t really keep up my end of the bargain with myself and now I’m bursting at the seams with two rolling racks of clothing.
I have a bag of clothes already started in the trunk of my car so I thought I would put a little pressure on myself to pull at least 10 items from my closet this evening to add to the growing bag. Surprisingly enough I was able to pull 16 pieces of clothes and shoes. By the time Saturday evening rolls around I hope to have at least 40-50 items to bring to the swap. Buy the way. I’m not participating in the swap ok ok, unless I see a really spectacular pair of shoes or a purse I must have.
Below are a few of my items:
I will post more items tomorrow…..sundresses, shoes, purses, jewelry boxes and more……
Sew Frugal and Black Eyed Susie have joined forces again for “Swap Til’ You Drop – Part Deux with a free Mimosa”.
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How exciting!!! We can’t wait to see you at the swap. There will be door prizes and a prize given to the person who brings the most items.
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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!
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Thursday, July 14th, 2011
Arlington, VA 22201
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Pre-Swap Mix & Mingle Reception:
6 to 9 pm
8 pm SHARP!
We’re coming to the Beltway for the first time, bringing together swappers from far & wide
for a fun night of retail therapy and recycling — and everything left over at the end of the night
goes to support Goodwill of Greater Washington, to be sold in their shops to raise money for
their important education & employment programs.
Bring a Bag, Get a Bag:
Bring a bag full of all those like-new and gently worn clothes, shoes, accessories, and jewelry just taking up space in your closet and trade them in for a new bag full of finds from fellow DC fashionistas — all for just the cost of admission!
Show Off Your Swap Style:
Take pictures with your friends and all your new favorite scores in our Swap Style Photo Booth. Pose with swap finds then tag yourself on Facebook to share your swap scores with your friends & post them to Twitter with the hashtag #DCSWAP to @Swap or @TheSwapaholics, or both!
Feel Good & Do Good:
All the clothing left over at the end of the swap will be donated to Goodwill of Greater Washington,helping to support their mission of transforming lives & communities through the power of education & employment.
I’ve been waiting for almost 6 months for this Shoe Swap to take place. I must say it was well worth the wait.
Shoe S(he) Swap by Anika Alexander, Fashion Night Out Swap. Most of you know I have given up buying any new clothes for one year and this includes shoes. Yes shoes!! I can’t remember the last time I bought a pair of shoes. Shoes are my weakness and that’s been the most difficult part of the 365 days of not shopping department and specialty stores. Right now my running shoes need replacing along with my bike shoes and those are the exception to the rule. I get a little weirded out about wearing athletic clothing and footwear knowing someone else had their sweaty body in it. Yuck! Some things you just can’t thrift or swap, but that’s for a later discussion.
Saturday night me and my girlfriends hauled our “bag o shoes” over to the Civic Center in Silver Spring for an awesome shoe swap. There were over 100 pairs of shoes and a little over 30 participants. That meant at the very least 3 pair of shoes per person at the mere price of $10 admission. What a deal!
I walked away with 6 pairs of shoes and a pair of boots. I was so happy and excited I could hardly contain myself. Anika is not planning another shoe swap until December but I might try to twist her arm a bit and see if she could do it in the fall instead. C’mon Anika this was way to much fun and helpful to the wardrobe!
Anika knows how to do a shoe swap up right. She had food catered in and we had games, prizes and a raffle. The ladies laughed and had so much fun. Definitely good food for the “sole”.
See below pics from the event: