Swishing is the party version of a free, second hand, clothes swap! It is a fun and organized way to clean out your closet, get together with good friends, and trade out your unwanted clothes. The added advantage of clothes swapping is that it gives party-goers the opportunity to share in food and drink plus indulge in the art of recycling by serving as stylists for one another. According to the EPA Office of Solid Waste, Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year, and clothing and other textiles represent about 4% of the municipal solid waste. Of course, this is also a great opportunity to build community and make a difference!
The basic rules for a Swishing Party are as follows.
1. Choose a location that has some space as you’ll have a people trying on outfits and flinging clothes left and right.
2. Invite all your friends through Facebook or an Evite. Tell everyone to bring clothes they are tired of or don’t fit. Bring shoes, belts, accessories, clothing, whatever, as long as they are still in good condition. Remember one person’s old clothes are another’s dream outfit. Everyone must bring at least one item of quality clothing.
3. You can get as fancy or as informal as you want to display clothes, (usually, at our parties there are so many clothes they end up as heaps on the ground). Have a number of mirrors available throughout the room. When everyone arrives, it is essentially a free-for-all. You can wait for everyone to get there if you have punctual friends, but don’t wait for too long. Consider a ½ hour “browsing” time before the swish opens…
4. Generally, whoever claims something first has dibs. If there is a conflict between people as to who gets a piece of clothing, each person models the item for the group, and the group votes for who it looks best on. Another rule is that you should never feel obligated to take something unless you love it.
5. Remember no scratching, spitting or fighting.
6. At the end of the party, each person will go home with treasures and wonderful finds, but there will also be lots of leftovers. Whoever hosts the party is responsible for taking all these items and donating, upcycling or selling to consignment.
Rustle up something fabulous with new and old friends!