Clothing swap meets are very popular. In fact they are just as common nowadays to seeking secondhand clothing from consignment stores and resale websites. But the difference is there is no price tag. Items at a clothing swap are free.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of a clothing swap and you’ll be able to decide if it is a good choice for you!
5 good things about a clothing swap
- Free: As mentioned, a clothing swap is a great way to find treasures without spending any money. Yes, everything is completely free. That’s really an unbeatable deal if money is your main focus.
- Green: If you’re eco-friendly this is the perfect way to source clothing in an environmentally-friendly way. Not only are you recycling your own items but ensuring other items are not going to waste.
- Become clutter free: When you join in a clothing swap, t’s a great chance to declutter your home. Spring cleaning with a purpose is fabulous.
- Easy: Unlike selling items on eBay or at a garage sale, swapping at a clothes swap is so much easier. There are no photos to be taken, no formal tags to be prepared and so sales pitches to be created.
- Fun and social: A clothing swap can be a fun and social event.
5 potential downsides of attending a baby clothing swap
- Finding a host: In order for an event of this nature to be successful, someone needs to host it. Whilst it is not necessarily a hard job it does require planning and dedication.
- Setting rules: It is important to set ground rules with respect to the clothing and items on offer. You don’t want friends or family bringing stained, dirty or just totally unwearable items, and you have to make that clear, without being insulting. This can be a little awkward.
- Time: To ensure that the event gets as many people along as possible, you have to find a time that’s going to work for everyone and schedule it at the most popular time.
- Taking it personally: What happens if no one swaps with your items? It can become a little too personal. This can be a challenging situation.
- Remaining clothes, toys and shoes: You need to decide what happens to the clothes no one took. They could be donated, used as wrap scrap, or resold. Plan ahead so you are not left with a pile of items and no idea what to do.
What do you think about clothing swaps? Do you like them or think they’re more trouble than they’re worth?