about women who are selling their old clothing to friends and strangers. Many of them have turned their homes and apartments into veritable clothing shops, rearranging furniture, outfitting rooms with clothing racks as well as bottled water and wine. The benefits, they claim, are that the sellers can make a profit from items that would normally just collect dust in the back of their closet, and the buyers can score unbelievable deals along with some personal styling tips.
A similar idea that's a bit more social is to throw a clothing swap party: invite your friends over, ask them to bring some old clothing that they'd like to get rid of, and provide some easy-to-eat snacks and beverages. There should be a few ground rules, such as don't bring your size 7 heels if all your friends are a 10, and gently used clothing is great, but moth holes in a sweater are not. For more ideas on how to throw a clothing swap, listen to Annemarie Conte and Melissa Matthews .
I think both are fantastic ideas; as they say, one woman's trash is another's treasure. But at the same time, it's almost painful for me to give an article of clothing away. Not because I'm a hoarder, but because I really do cycle back to old items (jean jackets are in again, it's a good thing I kept mine! My pleather pants? Well I'm not so sure about those…)
What about you? Would you go to a clothing swap?
—Amanda Greene, Associate Fashion Editor