Thrifty Wife, Hearty Life | Clothes Swapping

InstagramCapture_99eb98af-c9b6-4a8f-99b7-3d95dce8dbb6This week has been all about “clothes swapping”. It seems to have been a craze in my life for about 5 years now and I NEVER seem to tire of it. I assume that most people know about it, but just in case you don’t then here is how it works:

1. Sort out a bag of clothes/shoes and accessories that you are bored of or no longer wear. 
2. Take said bag to clothes swap with other like minded people – this maybe at a friends house, an organised event etc 
3. Swap clothing in a fairly civilized manner
4. come home with a bag full of booty and admire your new to you stuff 

I am lucky that here in Leeds we have a monthly clothing exchange at a fairly local community centre ran by volunteers – it is pretty large scale and great for seasonal changes in your wardrobe, that fat stage after babies and getting bonus pieces. It costs £3 entry and I think that is more than worth it for some of the stuff I come away with and its always a fun time out with friends.

I grabbed some new trousers, a few tops and a bag, but here are my top finds this month at the clothes swap that I most pleased with, made me super happy to find and pimped up my wardrobe for the next few months.

Hearty Life

  1. A Denim shirt – I have one in light denim for spring/summer but loved this one from Select of all places for the autumn or under chunky knits for the winter months.
  2. New Knits – I loved these jumpers as they are so versatile and who doesn’t want a few new snugly jumpers in their wardrobe? One is Asda the other H&M
  3. Animal Print top – From H&M and very me. I just love it to wear with a skirt or skinnies and boots. Such a fun piece!
  4. Monochrome Blazer – It is 3/4 length sleeves and a little big, but I think its really quirky and my style. I wore it on Sunday with a black jersey dress, tights and pumps.
  5. Red Cape – Id never go out and buy something like this and that’s what I love about clothes swaps…the random things you find that you can experiment with in your wardrobe. I love bright colours and imagined this on a cool evening on a date with the hubs with my long boots and black skinny jeans and that dream right there sealed the deal
    WP_20150930_12_24_05_ProYou may not be as fortunate as me to have a regular, community ran clothing exchange nearby, but there is nothing stopping you getting some mates over, some treats in and bring your unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories and have a clothes swap… Remember one woman’s rubbish is another woman’s treasure!!


  1. October 2, 2015 / 11:00 am

    I have heard about clothes swapping but have never seen an organised one. I think this is a great idea and how fab to do it once a month. I totally agree that one persons rubbish is another ones treasure. I love all the things you got Mary especially the red cape. Its gorgeous. You just need to get that date with hubs arranged x

  2. October 2, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    Oh I love a clothes swap! I did one a few years ago, and have been saving clothes to do another one ever since! This is a good reminder to actually do it!! You found some brilliant stuff, you have a really good eye. Becky x

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