Kids can outgrow clothes faster than they can wear them.
Clothes are expensive, and every time you turn around, it seems your child is outgrowing yet another shirt or pair of pants. Before you head to the store to replace his entire wardrobe, consider swapping around with your friends and family members. A clothing exchange allows you to pick up nice clothes for your kiddo without having to spend a dime. All you have to do is offer up your child's too-small duds in return. Starting a clothing exchange is simple, but it'll take a bit of time. The rewards are enormous, though. Your child gets new clothes that fit well and you get to spend your hard-earned money on something else. New clothes for yourself perhaps?
1Gather all of your child's clothes that he has outgrown. Fold them neatly and place them in a plastic storage tub or plastic bag.
2Find a location to hold your exchange. If you plan on having a small exchange with just a few family members and friends, have it in your garage or basement. If you want to have a larger exchange, ask your church or child's school if you can reserve a large room, such as a gym. Many churches and schools allow you to use space free of charge.
3Call friends and family and ask them to collect clothes that their children have outgrown.
4Consider making a flyer to make your clothing exchange even bigger. Use a computer and printer to create an advertisement that announces the sale and how it works. The flyer should state that participants must have items to exchange, when and where the exchange will take place and how to contact you with further questions. Hang the flyers at your child's daycare or school to alert interested participants. Your church might be another avenue for finding parents who want to swap clothes.
5Set up the clothing exchange the day before you start. Use a few large tables to lay the clothes out on. If you have a lot of clothes, organize them by size, such as size 2T on one table and size 3T on another table. You might also separate them by gender so girl clothes are on one table and boy clothes are on another one.
6Keep track of how many items of clothing each participant provides. Write it on a small piece of paper and hand that to each participant. This will serve as a receipt so each participant only takes an equal number of items that she contributed. For example, if a friend supplied 15 articles of clothing, she would get a piece of paper that has the number "15" written on it; this allows her to choose 15 items to take home for her kids.
7Provide bags for customers to place their items in as they shop.
- Remind each participant that the clothes they bring should be clean and free of holes and stains.Donate any clothes left over to a local thrift store or homeless shelter.
Things You'll Need
- Plastic storage tub or large plastic bag
- Plain white paper
- Plastic or paper bags