If you have been following me, or just know me at all, you would know that I am always trying to find the best way I can ethically source my clothes. And one of my favorite ways to do so are through clothing swaps. I have done a few clothing swaps with my friends here and there, but I have never created a proper event out of it.
A clothing swap is a great way to get rid of and receive new clothes. Because...
- You can let those friends that have been eyeing your Gucci purse finally have it ( I mean if you are that generous)
- It costs free.99 to get new clothes
- You can finally downsize your wardrobe
- You have an excuse to hang out with all of your homies
I have done a few clothing swaps with my friends here and there, but I have never created a proper event out of it. That's why when I heard a few of my fave Insta bloggers were throwing their clothing swap, The Sip + Swap, ...
I knew I had to be there
The event was created to be "...a sustainable fashion event where women come together with their gently used clothing, accessories, shoes, and jewelry and swap them with each other! This extends the life of each item which in turn reduces waste..."(via Instagram). And boy did they do it.
From the vinyl record playing funky music in the background, the bohemian decor, and the various snack + drinks brought from all the women, I was having a grand ole' time. I was also impressed by how much clothes everyone brought. They had set up a tent in the back to hang up all the clothes and have them ready to be sorted through. And at the end of the night, whatever was not picked was donated to local thrift stores.
And I personally was able to snag quite a few amazing pieces, like a pair of Levi shorts, a new blouse, a pair of Calvin Klein Jeans, and a few basic T-shirts I've been wanting.
It is amazing to see women come together like this to support an awesome cause, find/get rid of clothes, and create new friendships in such an easy way. And what is even more amazing to me is the fact that these aren't even sustainable fashion bloggers. They are women from all walks of life just coming together and having a great time.
One of the biggest themes I want to stress with this blog is that I can't go on this ethical living journey alone, no one can. We need to find others who are there to encourage and inspire us to keep going, in whatever way that may look like.
I am so thankful for the new friendships I was able to form with these women. And I am highly inspired to do events like this in the future., and I hope you are inspired as well.
It doesn't take much to start a clothing swap.
It doesn't take much to create change.
* All the photos in this post are from Alexis' instagram (Check her out she is amazing)
Do you want to start a clothing swap? Want me to create one? Let me know!