Last weekend, I attended my first-ever clothing swap party at ClosetDash, a Manhattan-based shop-and-swap boutique. While I had previously shopped the store online (you can check out some of those finds here and here), I was excited to dig deeper into ClosetDash's fully-stocked showroom and mingle with other thrifty fashionistas. The free event, which was billed as a Summer Swap and Sangria Party, kicked off at 1pm and welcomed shoppers with some light bites and delicious homemade sangria.
When I arrived, I turned in a bag with 28 items of old clothing, and ClosetDash's "Swap Divas" inspected each one for stains and rips. (ClosetDash accepts clothing regardless of the current trends or season, which makes it a great alternative to pickier consignment chains like Buffalo Exchange or Crossroads.) All but two items were accepted, and with each item costing a dollar to process, I paid a total of $26. The value of my clothing, meanwhile, was returned to me in the form of ClosetDash credits, which pretty much function like a gift card. Credits can be used on any stickered item (this includes the vast majority of clothing, but unfortunately excludes shoes and jewelry), and if you exceed your credited amount, you can pay the difference with cash or card. I was awarded 147 credits (1 credit = $1), and spent it on three tops AND a beautiful tan and black Issa London wrap dress. Plus, at the end of the party, I still had 55 ClosetDash credits left to spend by the end of August.
I definitely recommend ClosetDash if you're looking to clean out your closet, get rid of a bunch of things you never wear, and trade them in for some new items you love. The whole process is easy--I started browsing with a sangria in hand as soon as I arrived!--and the ClosetDash staff is super helpful and friendly. If you're looking to swap (or even just shop the old-fashioned way!), the showroom is open Wednesday through Saturday, or you can RSVP for one of the shop's upcoming swap parties, including the next one on July 20. Start cleaning out that closet!