I went to a Swishing Party last night …..

I really think you should hold a Swishing Party and definately go to one if you are invited. They are basically swap it parties. I am not suggesting you take along your partner and trade them in for a new model  or indeed swap your baby (even if they are giving you sleepless nights.) No,  these are parites where you swap your ‘stuff’. One thing those of us with little ones seem to have  is a lot of ‘stuff.’

My sister had decided on a baby and childrens clothes as a them for her Swishing party. She sent out a little invite asking if we would like to go along, bringing any baby or childrens clothes we no longer needed  with the opportunity to gain some we did – for no cost! She would provide coffee and cake.  Now I do like a night out, I love cake and I love something for nothing too so I was more than keen. I grabbed some kids clothes I was intending to eBay and off I went.

The whole point of a Swishing party as these swap parties are called  is to give and to gain.  We all laid out the clothes we had bought in the playroom and went off to the kitchen for a a gossip then …..we went shopping without needing a penny! We just helped ourselves to whichever clothes we wanted. Brilliant. I filled a little bag with PJ’s,  a fake lather jacket, a football top. a lime cord skirt, a colourful dress, a party dress, a white long sleeved T and various other fabulous goodies for my two children. Oh and I picked up two perfect snowsuits for my good friend who has just had a baby. Marvellous.

Any clothes left ere dontaed to charirty or taken home by the bringer.

We had a good laugh, decluttered, caught up, spent nothing, did a bit of recycling and got some beautiful clothes for our children. What a fab night out! Variations on the theme could be boks, childrens toys even adults clothes.

I talk about swap it parties in my book  ‘How to afford time off with your baby’ and I do believe these are a really budget concious way to add to your child wardrobe and socialise.

Have you ever been Swishing?

 

 

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14 Comments

  1. February 24, 2010 / 1:31 pm

    This is a BRILLIANT idea! I love it and totally want to plan one of these! Thanks for passing along your experience — everybody loves to get something for nothing, & most people do have perfectly good kids’ clothes just lying around.

    Thanks again,
    Nuckingfutsmama 🙂

  2. Crystal Jigsaw
    February 24, 2010 / 1:37 pm

    What a lovely idea and a great night out too. I’ve never heard of them. There are so many unwanted items and clothes in people’s wardrobes that I bet this could work for anything, adult to child.

    CJ xx

  3. February 24, 2010 / 2:51 pm

    Do you know, i think this is one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard of! Brilliant!

  4. Vegemitevix
    February 24, 2010 / 3:33 pm

    Hi this is a great idea. I don’t really know anyone in the UK, but my older sister and I have (for years now) sent a huge box of clothes between Australia, New Zealand and now the UK, full of clothes that the kids have grown out of. We both have three kids, girls and boys and similar ages. It’s a really really good idea.

  5. February 24, 2010 / 4:39 pm

    Really nice, really simple idea that saves pounds and the planet. Would be great to do with adult clothes too, and seeing some gorgeous new things might stop me eating too much cake while I’m there. Or maybe not, no point in going in to these things half heartedly!

  6. February 24, 2010 / 5:06 pm

    I use the website bigwardrobe.com to swap clothes , I was addicted at one point and must of been swapping like 50 items in a week!!

  7. icklebabe_com
    February 25, 2010 / 1:24 am

    Ohhh.. I *so so so love* this idea! thanku for keeping us up on these new frugal trends! I am trying my best on the cooking front, you are doing great at the rest ;D x

  8. May 27, 2010 / 2:45 pm

    Great idea, but I guess that knowing people with children older and younger than yours is probably a good thing for this right?!

  9. May 27, 2010 / 3:06 pm

    Absolutely but even if you don’t I bet someone you know knows someone who does and I bet they’d love to come so ‘bring a friend’ is always good…if you do toys and books too that might add more options x

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