Our boys all wear hand-me-downs, its just a given. Clothes are expensive and kids outgrow them so fast, it doesn’t make any financial sense to always be buying new, and it doesn’t help the planet either. One of the biggest items taking up landfills are clothes, they’re not bio degradable and they don’t simply convert to “organic” material, so a piece of clothing that you’re throwing away can last in landfill for many years to come. So handing down clothing among our boys and among our friends too, so they can be worn and enjoyed for many years to come, which makes us feel good about getting more value out of their clothes and the sustainability impact too!
Downy Fabric Conditioner is formulated to protect our clothes from stretch, fade and fuzz, so they can last longer and be re-worn and handed down. We like to take good care of our clothes and love sharing them with our friends too once the boys can no longer wear them. Which is exactly why the Kids Clothing Swap Party is so perfect!
Here’s how it works, its so much fun by the way, I think everyone should have a Swap Party! Ok so, one person hosts the party and invites their besties, family and neighbours. Each person who comes has to bring a few pieces of well-cared-for kids clothing…though you can do a swap party for adult clothes too I imagine! Designate some kind of tokens, I love using old clothing pegs as tokens, its super appropriate and cute. For every piece of clothing someone brings, they get one token. Those tokens can then be exchanged for clothing.
It helps to group the clothes by size and clothing type (shirts, pants, jackets), and then everyone takes turns “shopping” and trading in their tokens for items. Anything that goes unclaimed can be bagged up and donated. Its a win win for everyone, and such a fun way to spend some time with friends, save some money and help out the planet.
If you want some tips for how to keep your clothes lasting longer, use Downy and Tide together, and hang dry them whenever you can.
Now tell me, have you ever hosted a swap party before? How did it go??
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