Yesterday was the clothing swap at the JBER library and I did pretty well! I always get excited at clothing swaps because they’re usually pretty chaotic in a way that I love. Like shopping on Black Friday, it’s the sacrifice you make for a good deal. They had a rule where you could only take as much as you gave. I spent the week digging through closets and boxes and dark corners of the house, looking for clothes that we didn’t need. When I was finished, I ended up having 372 items!
I was amazed as I kept finding more and more things. There was a lot of maternity stuff, three years of boy clothes, the stuff my daughter has grown out of, and a few misc. items that my husband and I didn’t want. I almost felt bad for donating so much, so I separated the items by size and bagged them accordingly. It was the least I could do to help the people running the swap.
Once I took care of the sorting and bagging, I had to deal with transporting it all to the library. I was very grateful that we still had the big box that my daughter’s car seat came in, because it held a lot. I was able to stuff the rest in a couple of diaper boxes. Because my boys were in school, I was able to fit all of the boxes into the middle of the van. This let me put a dolly in the very back. The ladies at the library laughed when they realized that I brought my own, but how else was I going to get it inside?
The Swap Itself
Later that night was the actual swap. Even though they had a rule of “take what you donated,” I did NOT want 300+ items back, haha. I was surprised that it wasn’t chaotic at all! Everyone was very nice and no one was greedy about items. My haul was decent; I filled up two totes that I’d brought. I got some name brands and a couple of the other pieces still had tags! There was a free book area too, so I grabbed some for the boys and a couple for my mother in law.
Everything at the swap that wasn’t taken by someone got donated to Clare House, which is a homeless shelter for women with young children. I saw a lot of my items still there when I left, so it’s nice to know that they’re going to people who can really use them.