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.