Beauty and the Budget

All Things New: Part III (Swap Parties)

So, swap parties are pretty much the greatest thing ever dreamed up!

Have you heard of them or attended one? If not, I suggest you get on top of planning one immediately.

Following suite in Beauty and the Budget’s ‘trash to treasure’ series, we wanted to share with you some photos and tips from our recent ‘Swap Party’ in Oxford.

Swap parties are incredibly easy to set up, a great excuse to play dress up and the most rewarding way to ‘shop’ imaginable.  It’s also a perk seeing that top you never wear turn out looking fantastic on a friend!  All you need is a space large enough to host at least ten guests and room to spread out clothing and accessories for viewing.  We did our swap the simple way.  We divided up all the clothes into small, medium and large sections and basically had a ‘free for all’ and let everyone shop all at once, but you might choose to draw numbers or give guests tickets when they arrive to break it up a bit.  Everyone who attended our swap took home something new to add to her wardrobe and no one spent a single pence (or penny)!  I even took home a pair of Joe’s (designer) jeans that fit me like a glove.  Trash to treasure!

Here are some great links to get ideas on planning your own swap party.  Here, here, here, or here.

Happy Swapping!


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