Fashionistas, in just a handful of weeks I’ll be hosting another yearly clothing swap! At this event you’ll be able to exchange your gently used clothing and accessories with other fashionable individuals in the area.

My last swap was a smashing success! Ladies from the area brought home boatloads of gems to kick off the fall season.

This time around, I wanted to host a spring/summer event to help attendees transition their winter wardrobes and swap cold weather pieces as well as items from previous summers that might not be wanted any longer.

So, to prep for this swap, here are 3 major tips to keep in mind before the big day on May 21st:

1.) Arrive Early!

There’s truth to the saying “the early bird gets the worm“. This definitely rings true for clothing swaps.

To obtain the best pick of the selection, arrive with your items early, or on time, to maximize your opportunity to swap. At this event, clothing drop-off will be at 11 AM. This ensures there are items available right at 12 PM when swapping begins… and you should definitely be there during this time. Also, we’ll be giving you a coupon to shop downstairs so that means more time to shop!

Then, as the swap goes on, you’ll already be hanging around and ready to keep on trading!

If you arrive towards the end, gems will still available, but not as many as the beginning. It’s like going to a sale right before the store is closing for the day.

2.) Try Things On (and dress to do so)

Swapping is like shopping at Goodwill; you don’t want to take things home that don’t fit!

So come wearing comfy clothes, like leggings and a tank, that you can easily throw stuff over.

You must try items on at a swap. There’s nothing worse than coming home with bags full of goods you can’t wear! Then you have to bring them to another swap and your home will no longer be clutter-free.

3.) Take What You Want, But Be Considerate

I’ve taken home seemingly hundreds of gems from swaps. But I always make sure I’m not taking too much. It’s the worst when go to a swap and see other attendees with billions of items that probably won’t fit them and you only have a few things.

I just advise all fashionistas to be considerate of each other and encourage swapping. A swap is more fun when we’re all swapping together and trading style tips! It’s also fun to exchange finds during the swapping process.

I hope to see you in a couple of weeks! Details on the swap are below. If you would like to attend please RSVP via Eventbrite.

Come swap your clothing, accessories, and shoes for a brand new summer wardrobe! All items can be swapped, no matter the style or size.

Please bring at least 5 unstained and undamaged items. Worn socks and undergarments will not be accepted.

Date: Sunday, May 21
Time: Clothing Drop-Off | 11AM-12PM
Swap | 12PM-2PM
Fee: $5 suggested donation
Location: 2200 South Dakota Ave. NE Washington, DC 20018
*metro accessible
*plenty of parking at the top