I don’t know about you, but I am terrible at getting rid of clothes, purses, shoes, belts, jewelry etc. that I NEVER wear anymore! I don’t know what it is…I just have a really difficult time making the hard decisions! But once in awhile I will FORCE myself to make them and then it seems like getting them to my local “donation station” is another huge hurdle that I can’t seem to quite get over. I’m certain there are some deep-seated psychological issues involved here, but we won’t go into that.
Instead, I’m going to share with you an idea I recently came across called a Swap Party and I think it may be JUST THE THING I need to get past these issues I have. It basically involves taking the above scenario and turning it into a PARTY! I’ve chosen to call it a “Trash Into Treasure Party” because I know that’s one of the things I love about our local thrift store. The things that someone deemed as trash I consider treasures!
Here’s how to throw a cheap, easy and FUN “Trash Into Treasure Party”:
Gather up your “trash”.
Start with your closet. I know this is the “pot calling the kettle black” but you can do it! Be ruthless! Those “incentive jeans” you bought that have been sitting in your closet for 2 years now…waiting for you to lose those 10 pounds….toss them in a bag or box. But don’t stop at your closet! Now head to the kitchen, the TV room, the garage, the basement. You know there is lots of “trash” there too.
Invite your like-minded friends.
You know who they are. The ones who like to frequent garage sales and thrift stores as much as you do. Or maybe it’s people in your life who you know are in the same predicament as you…too much stuff….too little time (or inclination) to get rid of it.
Don’t bother with paper invites that require postage…save yourself time, effort, and cash and make a Facebook event or send an evite. Make it easy on yourself.
Decide on a venue.
Don’t worry about making a reservation or a down payment…just make sure your living room (or garage, or basement, etc) is large enough for all the participants to set up their “store”. Designating a “dressing room” and setting up a full-length mirror are other helpful options…but definitely not necessary.
Decide on a swapping protocol.
This is actually a crucial step. Without some rules to govern the swapping process you could have anarchy on your hands! There are a number of ways you could handle this…but I think the simplest way is to do it “kindergarten style” and take turns. Draw straws (or pick numbers from a hat) to determine the order, then let one person at a time choose an item. Once you’ve gone through everyone once, start over until everything is spoken for….or you’re all ready to call it a night.
Don’t forget the snacks!
Even if you don’t find one new “treasure” (which is highly unlikely!) at least you won’t have wasted your time if there are yummy things to nosh on. Don’t skip this step. It IS a party after all!
And with any luck you will walk away with some great new finds and some good memories!