A few weeks ago I was asked about what savvy women (and guys, too) can do to help save the planet and still look fashionable, while saving money. Of course you can purchase “green” products, but here’s another green way to get what you want: host a swap party!
This easy suggestion helps save resources, money and time by swapping what you don’t want, for something you do! Recycling is a great way to honor Earth Day, and it’s fun, and it’s cheap, and social. Just gather a group of friends (and their friends) and ask hem to bring a bunch of beauty and fashion items (cds and other items too if you wish) they don’t want anymore. There’s no limit, but to be fair, you should bring at least half a dozen items if you want to take home things in the swap. The hostess or host contributes drinks or coffee and a light snack. After everyone has been introduced, all their items are all put on the table (or wherever they fit) by category. Then, the “shopping” begins! That raincoat that you bought on sale but now it doesn’t fit or flatter, could be just the perfect one for someone else. Those shoes that someone else bought but can’t wear comfortably would be wonderful on someone else, who brought a handful of totes she doesn’t need but another woman, does.
This works for beauty products too (with some limitations). That pricey lipstick you purchased, worse once or twice, and dumped in a drawer could be the perfect va va voom red on another woman. Maybe she has brought a fragrance she sprayed just a few times, but then realized she was allergic to it. That glitter powder you bought for a special event and never wore again might be perfect for someone else’s costume. While I don’t advocate swapping heavily used makeup (and never mascaras or skin creams), if you know the “provenance” of the items, you can probably swap them safely. Fragrance is usually ok as long as it smells fine. A lipstick worn once of twice can be sanitized with a little alcohol (you’ve seen this in Sephora where tons of strangers have tried on the same sample you are boldly using). Anything in a sealed jar is ok (do check the expiration date however…if it’s really years old, you don’t want it). If a product looks or smells funny, no one should bring it in the first place. Non expired items, only , please!
Give it a try!
*have you attended or thrown a swap party? Tell me about it here!