ClosetRaid Swap!

ClosetRaid Swap 1

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend a swap hosted by two lovely ladies: Kimberlee of I Have a Degree in This and Jennifer of ClosetRaid.  I’d been meaning to do some spring cleaning, but kept putting it off because it can be such a pain!  However, this swap was the perfect excuse to finally get it done and gave me just the push I needed.  Even better, GoodwillRoom to Grow and WGirls were also at the event to collect donations, meaning I could get rid of swap items and donations in one fell swoop!  I spent several hours the Friday before the swap going through all of my clothes (at least all of the ones I have with me here in NYC!).  When I was all done, I had one huge Ikea bag full of donations and one large shopping tote full of swap items.  You should have see me trying to maneuver all of that stuff- it was hard!  But, after a little bit of struggle and a short cab ride, I finally made it to the venue.

When I arrived, I checked in at the registration table and dropped off all my stuff.  The amazing volunteers then added my donations to the appropriate piles as well as arranged my swap items in the designated swapping area.  Depending on how many items you brought to swap, you received the equivalent number of poker chips (up to a maximum of 10). You then used the poker chips as your currency for the swap (i.e., 1 poker chip = 1 swap item to take home).

After I’d signed in, I soon spotted the co-hostess Kimberlee and a bunch of other bloggers from The Bloggers’ Collective.  It is always great to hang out and chat with these ladies because they are such a fun and friendly bunch! While we waited for the swap to begin, we nibbled on some of the delicious snacks that were set out, including sweet treats from the Guiltless Baker, and sipped on some bubbly provided by Domaine Carneros.  Vendors like Peppermint Chic and Nydia Charles had tables where you could browse and purchase their pretty jewelry.  They also had set up a projector screen where you could live tweet about the event and see what other people were saying- isn’t that such a neat idea?

Sherlly and Lindsay

Tessa and Chris

After a little while, it was time for the swapping to begin!  When Jennifer said we could all start swapping, it got a little bit crazy!  I was toward the back of the group and spent a little time looking, but then decided to hang back so I could catch some snaps of people in action.

After the first round, we all huddled to take a look at what each of us had picked up.  There were also fitting rooms where you could try on clothing that you liked.  I picked up a sequin top in the first round, but then I put it back because I didn’t think it would fit properly.  While we were waiting for round two, we returned to snacking and sipping champagne.  It was nice to be able to relax a little bit after the madness!

Nicole

During round two of the swap, I scored some pretty nail polish and an awesome coat from Zara that will come in handy during the colder months.  I almost passed over it because I thought it was in the men’s section, but I’m glad I took a second look!

I find that swapping is a really great way to add some fresh items to your closet without breaking the bank! Although I wish I had unlimited funds to spend, that’s simply not the case!  That’s why I really appreciate events like the ClosetRaid Swap, where I can pick up new-to-me items for free!  Also, I love that nothing went to waste, since items that were not swapped by the end were also donated to the organizations that I mentioned earlier.  Plus, it’s always fun to hang out with other bloggers in real life and this event gave me the opportunity to do just that! Thanks again to Kimberlee and Jennifer for such a wonderful event!

The ladies of The Bloggers’ Collective (image via ClosetRaid)

For all my US readers out there- hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!
Tell me: Do you have any fun plans for the long weekend?