A Toronto Transformation

How to Host a Clothing Swap



Heaven help me, but I do love clothes.

I love how, silly as it seems, sometimes the right outfit can change your outlook and boost your confidence, how changing your style outwardly can open up the possibility of bigger changes. I love beautiful fabrics and textures and colours. And of course, I love the procurement of said clothing. I love hunting for just the thing and the thrill of actually finding it, or browsing aimlessly, on the off-chance of turning up some little treasure.

So, to sum up, I like to shop.

However, I also like to eat, and pay rent and travel, and take classes, so I try to keep my shopping habits reasonable, live within my means and all that. I also have a problem with rampant consumerism.

Fortunately in high school, my friends and I came up with a way to slake our lust for new clothes without further feeding into the wasteful, fast-fashion, big old corporate greedfest or breaking our budgets.

Here’s how we do it.


We go through our closets and bring anything we no longer wear to one of our apartments. As you can see, I’m clearly not the only over-clothed woman I know.



We try things on

We cultivate new looks. I call this one, "80-year-old Floridian Hipster."

We cultivate new looks. I call this one, “80-year-old Floridian Hipster.”


We eat a delicious Passionfruit tart from Hot Oven Bakery


We (ahem, I, specifically) dance around in cutoffs while lamenting the fact that shorts look pretty weird with a compression stocking.

We bask in our newfound freebies!

We bask in our newfound freebies!


I schedule a pickup with the Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline, leave the leftover clothes and accessories on the front porch, and we’re done! Wardrobes livened up, more room in our closets and bank accounts intact!

Would/have you attended a clothing swap? If so, how was yours done? Are there any ideas/components you would add?

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