Saving a buck.  Everywhere I look these days, I feel like that is a common theme.  Let’s face it, most of us need to save a buck.  I was introduced to a creative and alternative way to do this.

In one word:  Swap.

My sister-in-law has been doing this for years.  (and if she hasn’t, it sure seems like she has)  I think she is even part of some sort of Swapping Co-op.

Oh, that’s fun to say.  Say it with me.  Co-op Swap. Co-op Swap. Co-op Swap.

Was that not fun?

Moving on.

I was invited to a clothing swap and had a blast.   Let me picture for you my experience.   There were only four of us, but we were similar in size.  (I am using the word similar very loosely.  The point was that none of us were a size 0 or 1.  We were definitely different heights–so that played a little bit of a factor)  And the most important part?  We were all moms so we all knew about the mommy rolls!  Oh, yeah.  No shame: just truth!  It was so freeing to be so open about our imperfections and surrounded by others who encouraged you and made you feel like a million bucks!

I must say that I had the best clothing experience of the four of us.  I brought an entirely full  bag of clothes and left with an entirely new full bag of clothes.  Apparently this isn’t the norm because even leaving with just 3 or 4 items is good. 

Everything I was thrown to try on, I thought, I’m going to look just like Amanda.  I now have all her clothes. But I was amazed at how much I didn’t feel like her when I put the clothes on.  I was seriously surprised.

I highly suggest you get together with friends and do this.  Once a year, go through you closets and pick out the things that you are tired of or don’t fit quite right (or never have) that are still in great condition.  Get together with your friends, and peruse each other’s stuff.

Another thing:  try stuff on.  Whether you think you will fit it or not.  Just try it on.  What can it hurt?  I tried on a size 1 skirt!  Yeah, right!  Never in my life would I fit a size 1, but it was fun to try on! If it had fit, it would have been really cute!  But alas, it didn’t fit, and it was HILARIOUS!  Oh, and someone who was a size one dropped off her stuff–but the 4 of the present participants were not.  But the size one person had dropped off a shirt that fit me really well.  SEE?  You never know!

This idea can be for more than just clothing.  You can swap household items, tools, accessories, cookbooks, books, art, cars! 

Okay, so maybe not the car thing.  At least not for me.  I like my car and I don’t want to swap it!

But the possibilities are endless! 

About giannarae

I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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2 Responses to Swaps

  1. We did something like this when I was in MOPS. And, you're right. It was awesome!
    I also like my local consignment store. Not quite free – but a far cry from “new” pricing.

  2. Ginny Marie says:

    That sounds like so much fun! And what a great excuse to have a girls night together! It's like you got a whole new wardrobe for free!

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