Free Clothes!!

By Heather Oslund, Hoosier to Hoosier Coordinator

Where you ask? At a clothing swap!


We all have those super cute outfits that just don’t quite fit right anymore or never did because sweet Aunt Nellie can’t quite tell the difference between a 6 and a 16. We can always take them to Goodwill or donate to Hoosier to Hoosier in the spring but when they’re just so darn cute, it’s sometimes easier to part with them if you know they’re going to a good home, like to a friend!

When doing a clothing swap you just need to have someone willing to host the gathering, Oprah has some great tips here. The more people you have, the better! Everyone should bring items that they no longer want but are still in good condition. One of the funnest parts of the clothing swap is trying things on. You can experiment with wearing things you would never have thought to buy on your own and you’ll be surprised at the great things you find, everything from business suits to sundresses!

There are so many good reasons to do clothing swaps:

  1. It’s fun!
  2. You get free clothes!
  3. You get to play dress up!
  4. It’s sustainable!
  5. You can also include shoes, bags, accessories and personal care products so there is something for everyone!

Also check out online swapping at Swap Style or Rehash Clothes!


2 thoughts on “Free Clothes!!

  1. I’ve yet to attend a clothes swap but I’m a big advocate of making what’s old new. We tear through fashion from one year to the next without fully exhausting the stylish possibility of the clothes we have. Crazy!

    Just a cute little family story my dad likes to recount: One day (long ago) my grandfather took my uncle, John, shoe shopping. When they came back, John was wearing the shiniest, slickest looking leather shoes my dad had ever seen. John wore those shoes for years. They were scuffed, twisted, muddied. They endured everything you can imagine a child is capable of doing to a pair of shoes. Eventually the soles had permanent imprints of his feet. When he outgrew them they weren’t thrown away. They were passed down to my Dad who wore them for yet another couple of years. The entire time my father literally walked in the footsteps of his brother.

  2. Since most of my close friends have moved away, it’s been so long since I’ve done one of these 😦 But they are really great. How about one between us interns?

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