Recession turns Shopaholics into Swapaholics

With the current economic situation, it’s no surprise that many shop-a-holics are being forced to shop-less.

Trading parties are becoming increasing popular (think Confessions of a Shopaholic). The boutique meets auction type social events are the fastest way to get your hands on new clothes (like the shirt your co-worker has that you secretly covet), or even a few bucks. Host one of your own. You’ll need invitations, hangers, a couple of clothing racks and tables, food and drinks. Oh, and your most trendy associates.
 
Tell your guests to bring their coolest, gently used clothes, shoes and accessories that they no longer wear (like the sandals your best friend bought 3 years ago that she just had to have, but never found anything to go with) and that they’ll be able to exchange them for new ones at the party. There are several ways to conduct the swap. As your guests arrive, have them hang and display their goods boutique style and once everyone has arrived, start shopping. Or, allow each guest to present pieces of their own clothing, auction style, and the item goes to the highest bidder. Either way, it’s a win-win situation for everyone. You get rid of stuff you’re not wearing and get new stuff without spending a fortune or even setting foot in a mall! And, anything leftover can be donated to charity.
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