Last weekend weekend I went to a clothes swap (also known as a Swish). It’s not often I get to have an evening out, so when that opportunity arises, I like to take full advantage, shall we say.
A couple of weeks ago, a friend mentioned the clothes swap evening that was being organised by a church in our local area. It was £7.50 for a ticket, which included a glass of fizz, a three course meal, and then a clothes swap. The idea is that you take along a bottle of wine for the table, and a bag of garments you no longer wear, and come home with a few bits and pieces new to you, a belly full of nice chow, and a warm heart from nice chat and fun with friends.
I’d never been to a swish before, but it appealed to my thrifty side, as I am a girl who loves and adores new clothes, and always have my beady eyes peeled for a bargain. Plus, the promise of wine made it all the more exciting. We are quite a close-knit community, where I live, and a lot of my friends were going, so I knew it would be a good night, even if there wasn’t anything that tickled my fancy.
We turned up to the church hall at 7:30 on Saturday evening, with our bags of stuff to swap, and the first thing that struck me was just how many people were there. Maybe I was being a little dim but I had assumed there would be about twenty people there. Wrong! Add fifty to my twenty and you’re more on the money. Think of all the potential new clothes!
After dumping our stuff, we were directed to the dining room, which had been lit up with loads of bunting and fairy lights. We ate dinner sitting with friends and getting more and more merry before high tailing it back into the Room With The Clothes for the swap, which ended up being entirely hilarious as I kept insisting I wasn’t at all drunk, but picking up a dark purple satin wrap-around jumpsuit from Mango that I made all my friends try on, whilst I shrieked that they all looked like members of ABBA.
Well, I came home with that jumpsuit, and I love it. And a gold dress from TopShop, a sheer chiffon shirt, a stripy tunic, a hat that I may or may not wear to a wedding in December and some high heeled pretty much brand new Mary Janes for my mum (who kindly donated some clothes as well, so it seemed only fair to grab something for her). I like pretty much everything I bagged which just goes to show that copious amounts of wine does not seem to impair my fashion sense.
Clothes Swaps are a really fun and frugal way to get hold of some new pieces for your wardrobe! I can’t recommend them enough, and I also can’t wait for the next one!
I am linking this up to What I Wore Wednesday over at Transatlantic Blonde