This is the year of amazing opportunity, new surroundings and experiences, and dressing like you own the world. Last year we covered some pretty amazing aspects of fashion, if I do say so myself. I’ve given you advice on how to shop, where to shop, and what to shop for. So this year, we’re taking it up a notch.

Kicking off our first article for 2014 (yay!), I’m going to teach you how to be the expert. You already have the resources, the budget, and with my help; the knowledge to be a fashion expert. Now, I will teach you when and where to put all the above to use. Introducing “Swap till you Drop;” a new way of shopping. Last year my friend had this BRILLIANT idea to get a group of girlfriends together and donate gently used clothing that they no longer wear. She then took the donated clothing and transformed her house into a boutique with a shoe section, accessories, and of course clothing. She priced the items at consignment shop prices and started spreading the word! When someone bought your item, you had two options: you could keep the money, or you could use the money to purchase something else from the party. It was a huge success! So much so that we are actually having another swap party tonight.

“So, what’s in it for me?” I have already addressed in a previous article that you and I both know that you still have items in your closet that you’re “saving for a special occasion” or “I have no place to wear that,” or my favorite, “oh! I forgot I had this! I’ll save it just in case I decide to wear it.” Remember when I told you to either wear it or get rid of it? Well if you are anything like me (clothing hoarder), you didn’t do either of the two. So it’s time for you (and I) to get rid of that stuff. “New Year, new you,” remember…?

“So how do I get started?” Good question. Call up a group of your girlfriends (buddies for you guys out there ready to make some extra cash) and give them the run down. Tell them to tell a friend who will also tell a friend, and so on. Book a location (or turn your house into a boutique like my friend did) and create a shoppable environment with horderves, boutique-esk music, a friend to take pictures of the event, and magazines laying around for inspiration. But the party is incomplete without the most important part of the event: you being the expert. You are the number one sales associate of this exclusive boutique and have the tools (and merchandise) needed to create a party and shopping experience that others will want to try. This is such a win/win for you. You’re not only making money off of the clothes you never wear, or gently wore, but you’re also freeing up space for more key items that you’ll need to enhance your 2014 wardrobe.

We all know that clothing isn’t about where you get it, but about how you put it together. A swap party is the perfect wardrobe clean out option. If you don’t want to sell you clothes, you can donate them as well. Remember, the more space in your closet, the more opportunity to fill it with something amazing. So get swapping!

Are you ready to swap till you drop?

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