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Swishing: How to organise a swishing party!

What is swishing?

Never heard of it.
Sounds a bit dirty.
Here’s the good old Wikipedia take on it.

Swishing refers to swapping an item or items of clothing or shoes or an accessory with friends or acquaintances.

Parties must willingly give an item to participate in the transaction, once they have given an item they are free to choose something of interest from what others have offered. Value does not come into the equation, swappers do not necessarily get an item of equal value and are free to choose anything that the other person if offering (without having to pay).

Swishing is now being more widely practiced throughout the world, and has evolved to include other items such as books and furniture. Not only do people hold ‘swishing parties‘ either as a charity event or simply for the enjoyment of it (while recycling and saving money at the same time) but, there are several websites that have online swishes taking place

Most of us have too many clothes. Clothes we don’t like. Clothes we don’t wear. Clothes that don’t fit.

When I was in Rwanda in 2012 I learned so many things. One was that people with very little are found okay they may not have tonnes of clothes r but they look after them. It stopped me buying new clothes for a year. Since then I’ve basically only bought a few second hand things and relied on borrowed or swapped items and hand me downs.

Every item of clothing contributes to climate change and uses resources. So I’m very keen to find ways of moving clothes around.

A friend hosted a fantastic clothes swap last year.

So now I’m holding an event.

I thought I’d start by sharing the preparation process.

You need:
🔹people willing to join in
🔹clothes rails
🔹coat hangers
🔹carrier bags (recycled)
🔹accessories area
🔹shoes and bags area
🔹time to set up in advance

I’m in the process of organising these things.

So far I’ve borrowed some clothes rails and invited lots of people.

I hope they come.

I’ve suggested that they drop their clothes off in advance so I can set them up.
I’m going to use two or three rooms in my house to do the party.

We have a big living dining room which is open plan to the kitchen.

I need to think about where the mirrors in the house are.

Where will I put stuff?
Belts and shoes on the landing?
Where will people change?
What drinks and snacks?
It’s in a couple of weeks.
I’ll have time.

Need to checkout my own wardrobes too….

I’ll keep you posted.

18 comments on “Swishing: How to organise a swishing party!

  1. AnnetteM
    November 15, 2014

    That sounds a really good idea, but I guess for it to work you would need a lot of people and a lot of clothes so that everyone can find something. Will be interested to hear how it goes.

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    • lizard100
      November 15, 2014

      Its not that hard to get people and clothes. Some people have clothes they don’t know what to do with and most people want a freebie. Giving an incentive is often all it takes. And oddly people seem to have a wide variety of unwanted stuff. Coats, bags, belts, shoes. It seems people have purchasing habits that arent always wise.

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  2. Hilda
    November 15, 2014

    What a great idea! I’m sure yours will be a success, but look forward to hearing how it goes. As for food, I would recommend, of course, something seasonal, but not entirely traditional and easy to eat. I often use a Mid-Eastern theme for large dos with recipes I can make in advance.

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  3. BerLinda
    November 15, 2014

    Great idea! I’m a big fan of the ‘putting out stuff you don’t want any more so the neighbours can have at it’ German approach 🙂 They probably do it in the Netherlands as well I guess? And swishing does sound nicely dirty – make sure people know what it really is or they may be disappointed 😉

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    • lizard100
      November 15, 2014

      Yep. Putting stuff out is very popular here. Often it looks so new its mad.

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      • BerLinda
        November 15, 2014

        The neighbours just put out a brand new cat playground thing – now I want a cat so I can take it 🙂

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      • lizard100
        November 15, 2014

        You see some crazy things here. I should blog about it. Not sure id go so far as getting a cat though. Could you not climb on it yourself?

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      • BerLinda
        November 15, 2014

        I wasn’t sure it would support human weight – I’ll have a couple of pints and try it later 😉

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  4. sadnesstheory
    November 15, 2014

    Wow, amazing initiative! Of course you can always make a smaller event of you don’t have the space and invite some few friends. It’s really nice that you can do a bigger event and I wish you good luck!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      November 15, 2014

      I think there’s enough space for a few folk.

      Liked by 1 person

      • sadnesstheory
        November 15, 2014

        That’s great to do a bigger event of you have space. I mean if you just live in an apartment you can just invite a few friends, that’s also possible. Will check your blog and see how you plan the event. Interesting!

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      • lizard100
        November 15, 2014

        Its in a couple of weeks.

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  5. In Australia we have Clothes Swap events as part of national recycling week. You are given a tag or tags in exchange for the number of pieces of clothing you have brought along to swap. This saves some time as the clothing is hung up straight away and you are then free to start browsing. When you find something you like, you just hand in your tag/s upon leaving.
    I have heard about some Clothes Swaps use different coloured tags according to what “grade” of clothes you have brought along.
    i.e. If you have brought along a branded, well known label you can swap it for the same quality of clothes. Which sort of makes sense if you brought along a labelled leather jacket, you wouldn’t want to take home a pair of shorts from a chain store.
    I look forward to your post about your outcome.

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    • lizard100
      November 16, 2014

      Soynds very organised. I gad thought about having tokens for number of items but its also about moving as much of it to a new home as possible.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. ilovemyplot
    November 16, 2014

    I hope it goes really well – I love the idea – the more we recycle the better

    Liked by 1 person

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