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Ready, Set, Swap!

2012 February 1
by Jill

This past weekend I held a clothing and book swap at my apartment. It was tons of fun–and not only did I enjoy myself, eating snacks and chatting with friends, but I came away with quite an impressive haul of “new to me” items! Everyone who attended left with at least one new item of clothing and accessory, and in some cases, a new book! (I took Olive Kittridge–have you read it?). Have you ever been to a swap before? Would you?


The ladies, enjoying some hot cider around the bourbon tree.

Joe was our intrepid MC. Though it looks like he’s taking off his pants in this photo, he’s displaying a swanky pair of khakis.

 Even Chief immensely enjoyed himself!

 This outfit incorporates 4 of my new items: a basic gray skirt, a gold striped sweater, a blue jacket, and a tortoiseshell necklace. I wore this the rest of the day!

I took pictures of the rest of the stuff I got, but the lighting wasn’t right and they came out terribly, so here’s a list instead. I got (not including the items pictured above):

  • a pink J. Crew halter sundress
  • a brown dolman-sleeved top
  • a basic olive green dress from Forever 21
  • a gray Banana Republic sweater
  • a vintage navy houndstooth skirt
  • a headband
  • 2 belts 
  • a black short sleeved sweater
  • a pale pink scarf
  • hoop earrings
  • a necklace
  • a brand-new Michael Kors silk shell
  • a gray felt hat
A swap is a great way to get new clothes without going shopping–you’re saving money and being green, and giving old favorites to trusted friends. I am already thinking I may need to make this an annual event!
Thanks to all who attended–I had so much fun!













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  1. Tiffany Redmon permalink
    February 1, 2012

    I had such a great time. The clothes were just a bonus to the amazing spread of tasty treats and lots of red wine on a Sunday afternoon.

  2. February 1, 2012

    Aw, fun! This is kind of unrelated, but I also like your bar tree a lot.

  3. Lauren permalink
    February 1, 2012

    Glad to see the clothing swap has a second life in NYC!

  4. February 1, 2012

    what a good idea! i have been to several swaps in boston- they are so much fun! it takes a while to realize you can just take what you want without paying for it!!! a book swap would be crazy. i would want all of the books!!!!


  5. Mal permalink
    February 2, 2012

    Sorry I couldn’t make it! I’ll have to start buying new clothes so I have something to swap at the next one :-)

  6. Jeanne permalink
    February 2, 2012

    What a great idea, having a clothing and book swap…I may round up some of my friends and give it a go! Love the tortoiseshell necklace, btw!

  7. Annie permalink
    February 7, 2012

    I LOVE the idea of a clothing AND book swap – two of my favorite things :) So fun!

    The Other Side of Gray

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