PETITE CLOTHING SWAP RECAP
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you might have seen that about a month ago I went to a fellow blogger’s (Petite Rachelle) petite clothing swap. It was my first time going to a clothing swap and I absolutely loved it! Before I went, I was skeptical if I would find anything that fit me because I always find thrift shopping to be challenging and frustrating. However, I was pleasantly surprised with my finds!
Rachel, the organizer of the event did a great job setting it up and making it easy for everyone to shop. She graciously hosted the event at her apartment. Everyone who attended brought about 5 or more gently used items from their closet that they no longer wore to contribute to the swap. When I arrived, Rachel took all the clothes I brought and organized them according to category (tops, dresses, jeans, etc.) and size. I loved that she had all the clothing so well organized because it made it so simple to shop. Since the event lasted for a couple hours, as more ladies came the clothing racks and shelves were restocked with new items. For the duration of the party we were able to try on as many items as we wanted to see what fit and at the end take home our favorites. We just had to be courteous and make sure others had enough items to chose from as well.
I ended up leaving the event with a light blue H&M sundress (which I’m wearing in this post), a slinky, cobalt blue dress, and destructed black Madewell jeans. As someone who shops fast fashion stores a good amount, I found the clothing swap to be a refreshing change. While it’s always fun going to Forever 21 or Zara, the amount of choice they offer can be overwhelming sometimes. I appreciated that the selection at the event was more curated and less daunting to look through. Another bonus was that tickets for the event were only $20, which is way less than what I would have paid for buying all three of these items at a store now. I easily would have spent $200 -$250 total buying them full price.
Attending this event really made reconsider how I’m purchasing clothes and made me want to explore other options like clothing swaps on a regular basis since it's so affordable. Usually I buy clothing brand new because it can be difficult to find petite sizing specifically at thrift stores or re-sell websites online as there is generally not a dedicated section. For example, when I was shopping on Tradesy recently the only way I was able to find petite clothing specifically by using the search feature on their website. From there you really have to dig through each page to find what you’re looking for since there is not the ability to search by size or category. In the future, it would great to see more thrift and re-sell stores create dedicated petite section.s
Another reason I enjoyed the clothing swap is because it can often be extremely frustrating to sell you clothing to a buy/sell/trade stores like Buffalo Exchange or Beacon’s Closet. There have been so many times that I have dragged a huge bag of clothes to Buffalo Exchange and Beacon’s Closet only to have them not buy anything that I brought. Then you wonder why they didn’t take anything because most items are still in good condition and relatively cute. Through a clothing swap, it was great to feel like someone was still going to get to enjoy those clothes that are still in nice condition. Additionally everything that was left over from Rachel’s clothing swap was donated to Housing Works, which is a thrift store in NYC. Overall, I was so happy I participated and can’t wait to attend her future clothing swaps!
If you want to learn more about Petite Rachelle's previous clothing swaps, here's a link to a post from her blog. Or if you're interested in hosting your own clothing swap, this article provides great advice on how to do it yourself.