A couple of weeks ago I did my very first clothing swap. For those of you who don’t know what this is… I shall explain. It is probably one of the best ideas anyone has ever come up with as far as I am concerned. Personally, I grew to love the thrift stores when I was younger. I would spend hours in the toy section while my mom was shopping for “new” school clothes or Christmas presents. She used to buy used toys for presents and shine them up with Vaseline for Christmas to look brand new. I never knew the difference. Now, in my 30′s, I still buy things from the thrift stores and bring them home to “shine up.” I love it!
The Swapaholics put on what’s called a ‘clothing swap’ which is like thrift store shopping but free. Ladies bring clothes that they no longer want to the clothing swap to exchange with somebody else. The best part is: it doesn’t cost a dime. Just bring your clothes and swap! Before the doors open, Amy Chase from Punky Style and Melissa Massello from Shoestring organize the clothes and prepare for the swap. Amy and Melissa have co-hosted dozens of swaps around greater Boston area. At the time the doors open there are anywhere from 100-250 ladies waiting to get in the doors. When the doors open it’s like the Running of the Brides. The ladies make a mad dash for the clothes and it’s crazy!
Before the event we did a little photo shoot with the bloggers. They were all super cute in their vintage/retro clothing. What the bloggers like to do is put together outfits to share with the people who follow them online. Then on their website they share all the secrets: how much they paid, where the clothes are from and what fab accessories they are wearing. It’s a great idea. The bloggers that are shown in the photos below are: Jen Lula, Orchid Grey, Thais Leon, and Lia Ann. They were a fun group of fashionistas!