Monday, February 25, 2008

Clothes Swap - giving clothes to Goodwill

Just in time for the clothes swap I had this weekend, I was sent the following email:

It should make you feel all warm inside Knowing that the clothes you previously wore are now gracing another grateful body!
Remember that cleaning out your closets at least once a year and giving former treasures to Goodwill (or charity of your choice) is a great way to give back to your community and help those who are less fortunate.
So look through your closets and see if you don't have something that doesn't fit, or might be a little out of fashion.
Those things will probably fit someone else and could be the height of fashion for them.
With that in mind, I send along this heart-warming photo to inspire you , and remind you that your efforts won't go unnoticed.

Accompanied by the following photo:

Isn't that GREAT!? Yes, I know, it likely burned your retinas. It made me snort. I don't know what I was thinking but I sent it to my MOM! She didn't really reply and when she did she kind of ignored it, but finally said to me that she was shocked and didn't know what to say. Glad I didn't give her a heart attack.

So, back to the clothes swap. Once or twice a year I get together all my female friends and everyone brings all the clothes they no longer wear. We throw them into piles, post a few mirrors around the room, and the fun begins. People of all sizes and shapes can participate and there's something for everyone in the end. Whatever's left over goes to charities like the local thrift store that sells clothes to benefit the children's hospital, or to Dress for Success.

My friends are pretty polite, and sorry, we don't wrestle each other for the clothing. And there's usually a few items that get tried on by everyone just for the fun factor since they are such ridiculous clothes. We do have snacks - edible underwear - and drinks - seltzer - and a few pillows do get destroyed, but besides that, it's a mellow time.

14 comments:

WNG said...

FINALLY!!!
That sounds like a lot of fun. When I was in college the Older Sisters of G used to bring bags of clothes to my apt with each changing season (May the Lord bless generous clothes horses) and I'd call all my friends and we'd tear through them. I doubt it was as classy as yours was...we didn't have an edible underwear:)

Churlita said...

I've done that with my friends before and it was so much fun. We should do it again.

Gyuss Baaltar said...

So you get together with your friends, take off each others clothes and have pillow fights? Awesome!

NoRegrets said...

G, you forgot the edible underwear part!

It is indeed a lot of fun ladies... Others' trash is some treasure.

Tara said...

I'll get my sight back tomorrow, but until then, thanks for the laugh!

And that is a wonderful idea to get your friends together to sort out clothes for wearing and for donating! I love the "Dress for Success" organization.

squirrel said...

My brother has a recurring joke about how he's going to bring a lunch box full of edible underwear to work for lunch some day. I wouldn't put it past him to follow through.

Belle - A Beauty livin with her Beast said...

I do this all the time, I am constantly giving clothes away and taking others give aways. I sometimes think i would rather get hand me downs then go shopping.!

fringes said...

The clothes exchange party does sound like fun. I need to get out more.

NoRegrets said...

Squirrel - that's hilarious. Except I just got grossed out thinking about him sitting around for the morning in them until lunchtime. ewww...

I must say, if I spent any kind of real money on clothes, most of the time I end up not wearing them that much. I don't understand it. I guess I hold something against them then. Things just shouldn't cost that much.

Tera said...

I don't like when I can't stop laughing at my desk and folks at work think I'm weird...okay, I am going to look at the photo again! LMAO!!!

squirrel said...

Ewww, now I'm grossed out too.

"I must say, if I spent any kind of real money on clothes, most of the time I end up not wearing them that much." Your husband must be happy!

NoRegrets said...

Oh, Tera, I so love it when you LYAO.

And Squirrel, well, I think the only thing I've paid full price for in the past year has been a dress, so he's SOL 'cause I've got plenty o' clothes to wear.

dmarks said...

Nice candid photo of Richard Simmons coming home from a shopping outing.

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