Tips on hosting a clothing swap

Tips to swap Thinking of hosting a clothing swap but don't know where to begin? Here are some do's and don'ts from Suzanne Agasi, founder and director, who's hosted about 170 swaps: DO . . . Bring only gently worn or new items. Make sure the clothes are clean. Encourage women to also bring accessories, such as shoes, purses, belts, hats, scarves and costume jewelry. Allow time for guests to mingle before trying on clothes. Provide food and drinks, or encourage guests to bring food to share. Designate one room for changing. Put shoes and clothes worn to the event in a hands-off area if they're removed for changing. Donate whatever clothes are left over at the end of the swap. DON'T . . . Discriminate: Invite women of all shapes and sizes. Hold back the good stuff. If you aren't wearing it, it's worth nothing. Make fun of the clothes. Take things home without trying them on. -- S.C.

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