Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Swap - The Recap!

I looked adorable yesterday, but the weather was nasty, and I hate to photograph indoors. So how about we just talk about the Swap instead?

So I’m sure you noticed, but we had a last minute change of plans as far as location. That was…well stressful to say the least. It meant that we had to throw a lot of careful planning out the window and start over with about 24 hours to go. I’m not good with last minute changes and Friday was a really tough day for me. But we pulled it together.

We got to the hotel and they had set up some tables for us. We labeled the tables with sizes (0-2, 4-6, 8-10, ect) and we also had a table for accessories and one for jewelry. Shoes were on the floor.

Accessories table

The tables got piled super high really fast and got really messy really fast once the trying on process started.


We had two full length mirrors available. I was impressed that all 13 girls who showed up were willing to change in front of one another. I was so proud of the level of self confidence in the room! Everyone looked great, and they knew it. The trying on process went really well. LOTS of “that looks great on you” and “you are totally going to rock that” and ZERO rudeness or cattiness.

Because we were in hotel space, we had a limited amount of time, so we had to change our plans regarding tickets and taking turns and instead we used an honor system for how many items you brought in vs how many you took. We still allowed about an hour for browsing and trying on items, then we had swappers select items in groups of 5, 3 items at a time.

Tina swap shops

Erin swap shops

We went a few rounds like this and at that point we did a brief show of hands, asking who still needed to take turns, and it seems everyone had that one item they were dying for at that point so we just sort of opened up the floor for free selection.

Of course we also had cake balls, and lots of great food. (Those little chicken minis were a huge hit, Jen!)


We ended up with a pretty sizable donation for charity,

for charity

…and everyone seemed to find lots of great stuff to take home.

I am really proud of the work we did, and I am I was so glad to have spent all the time with Tina , planning. She is such a joy and so much fun to be with, she is a great listener, never judgmental and has great style to boot. I may not be ready to take on another swap just yet, but I would take pretty much any excuse to hang out with Tina again.

Erin and Tina

A special thank you to all our participants
Wendy (who helped with space and was a great co-host)
Jen Mauldin


The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

What a great idea - can you give us some tips. I'd love to do this.

Sher said...

I'm catching up on reading blogs. So happy your swap was a success. It does take a lot of planning, but you both looks so happy and relieved at the same time :)

on older posts: love those sparkle butt pants LOL!

and I really enjoyed wicked lovely and ink exchange. I was so impatient to get Fragile Eternity. Maybe that was my problem, but for me F E was the only one that dragged. wasn't what I anticipated.

Anonymous said...

i wish i lived in your area!
i also went to a swap this past weekend. did a HUGE closet cleanout beforehand + came away with a few decent items.
it feels great to give (and pretty good to receive too!)

Anonymous said...

I have that teal, navy, and orange skirt the girl is holding up in that one picture--I hope someone took it home because it's fabulous and looks good with practically everything.

I wish someone would do something like this around here!

yotababy said...

You guys put so much work into this, and it looks like everybody had a great time and came away with some great stuff! I'm so sad I couldn't make it out, but I'm definitely looking forward to next time, if you do decide to do it again one day!

Anonymous said...

OMG! I would love to participate in a clothing swamp- so fun!!

Tina said...

Erin - we did good! LOL

Anon - I (the chick holding the skirt and the cohost of the event) took that skirt home. It's on my list of outfits to wear soon. :)

Anonymous said...

Hurrah! Skirt twins. I realized after re-reading the post that was you and I felt like an idiot being so ambiguous in my post.

I used to pair it up with a rust-coloured hoodie on a dressing-down day but I've been known to rock it with black blouses, rules of fashion be damned.

Layla said...

WOW!! I'd SOO LOVE to go to a swap, or help organise one!! :)

So tell more about how you organized it and any tips, if you can! I love the flexibility and everybody being nice etc!

How did you advertise/get people on board etc?

Sheila said...

I'm so envious! I don't know any bloggers in my area (plus I live on an island!). Oh well, more for my girlfriends.

Stephanie N. said...

You are so totally brave for doing this - and especially for planning it! I've been cracking up over your posts about the cake truffle thingies. That looks like it was so much work.

I've heard of a couple of swaps in the Philly area, but I'm so nervous about the idea of going to one.

Alannah said...

I so wish I could've gone. Looks like you did an amazing job! <3