With the dawning of a new year many of us are making goals and resolutions. Perhaps to read more, eat more veggies or save money, or maybe to set aside your favorite yoga pants and refresh your wardrobe a bit. That’s where I’m at. My kids are 16 months and 3 years and I’ve had a very long run living in lounge wear. I’m not promising I’ll be decked out everyday, but maybe I’ll tip the scales and put together an outfit 4 days out of 7 🙂
Then again, saving money is also on the docket so how on earth does a mama manage these two goals?
Well, my friends – it’s called a Sip & Swap! A gathering of women with a spread of snacks and sweet drinks and a bag of clothes and accessories to swap. Sounds like fun, right? And, it’s green (since you’re recycling clothes among friends) and it gives mamas a much need break to invest in themselves.
Here’s how you go about planning and participating in a Sip & Swap …
Create an invitation and send it out your friends – snail mail is always fun, but Facebook invites or options like Pingg and Evite are great too. Include these details along with the normal where and when so your party goers understand the spirit behind a sip and swap …
Is a swap for me?
-You feel like your wardrobe needs a good spicing up
-You have perfectly good pieces of clothing that you are sick to death of wearing
-You are low on cash
-You like to socialize with other awesome women
-You like sangria
How does it work?
-Everyone shows up with 3-12 pieces of lightly loved and laundered pieces of clothing, scarves, jewelry, shoes, belts, hair accessories, etc. For each piece that you bring you will receive a ticket. That is the maximum number of pieces you will be bringing home. Anything not taken goes to charity.
What about sizes?
Not a problem! Clothes are versatile. Dresses can be cinched. Tunics can become fitted tops. Pants can be belted. Plus, accessories and jewelry are one size fits all! My first sip and swap was hosted by a dear friend a few months ago and we’re already scheming up another to kick off the new year. The Sip & Swap was a fabulous afternoon of socializing and “shopping” and I left with some pretty fabulous new pieces to spice up my wardrobe. All in all, add a Sip & Swap to your 2014 goals – you’ll be happy you did!