Time to clean out your closet and assemble those “closet orphans”: They might become another woman’s treasure at the upcoming YLF Seattle clothes and accessories swap meet, which will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 11am till 1pm in Seattle’s Seward Park neighborhood.
Past events have been a blast, with YLF regulars and newcomers getting together to swap clothes, shoes, and accessories while socializing and catching up with Angie (who will also be happy to assist with style advice.)
If you’re not sure whether a clothes swap is “for you”, here is a quick recap of why you want to participate:
- It’s a great way to refresh your wardrobe. I typically come away with items I never had on my list of things to look for and that I might never have proactively shopped for in a store. I love them exactly for that reason: They are unexpected finds, bonus clothes, “extras”. Since the items are free, I can take a risk and grab something that’s a little less typical for my style and just experiment with a new color, a new cut, etc.
- It’s a super way to clean out your closet. Angie writes a lot about the importance of “closet editing” and not holding on to clothes that you know (deep down you know you know!) you will not wear again. Many of us are too busy or just feel hassled by the thought of consigning our clothes, and sometimes you know a fashionable friend would really dig that item. Clothes swaps breathe new life into clothes that are still in great shape but don’t fit you anymore, were bad impulse purchases you instantly regretted but never took back to the store, are just “not you”, or for whatever reason have become closet orphans.
- It’s truly “green”. The most eco-friendly clothing is recycled clothing. Rather than buying a new sweater, try scoring one at a swap. And I can tell you from experience that it is so rewarding to see someone else trying on an item you brought, loving it, and walking away with it as their new favorite wardrobe addition.
- It’s fun! Allowing yourself to socialize for an hour or two with other women who enjoy clothes and fashion is a treat. I have fond memories of past clothes swaps, the giggles in front of the mirror, the compliments as well as the kind but honest advice to steer away from an item, and the delight at meeting women in person whom you previously only knew online. You will likely find that you have lots to talk about and might walk away with a new friend. Bonus!
Participating is free and easy: Just bring at least 5 items of clothing (clean and in good condition) plus unlimited shoes, bags, and accessories that you don’t longer want or need and that may work for someone else. Send email to email@example.com and provide your full name and preferred email address, and you’ll receive an eVite with more information, address and directions etc.
If you’ve never attended a clothes swap before, this post will set the stage. And if you’re a YLF reader outside the Seattle area and are interested in hosting your own swap party, check out these tips for hosts.
Hope to swap with you soon!