Something old, something new, something swapped

Buhle Mweli

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Being broke is no joke! You see what I did there? Honestly though – having to walk through your favourite shop for the umpteenth time, eyeing that bag that would look so gorgeous with that shoe – pure torture. However… there is hope. I was carelessly rummaging through my friend’s closet the other day and […]

Being broke is no joke! You see what I did there? Honestly though – having to walk through your favourite shop for the umpteenth time, eyeing that bag that would look so gorgeous with that shoe – pure torture. However… there is hope.

I was carelessly rummaging through my friend’s closet the other day and realised that all these little closets are like mini boutiques. There were so many items that I loved that she hardly ever wore.  My friend felt the same way about some of my clothes and so the idea came to me, like an epiphany. We could swap clothes and accessories.

Swapping is the best way to update your wardrobe without spending an arm and a leg. It’s even more economical than shopping at a second hand shop. It’s an ancient form of trading that is still relevant today. So before you and I (our parents, grandparents and so forth) were born, leather and corn was the language of trade.

Fast forward to your current situation, even when cash is not that tight, it still makes sense.

Some tips to help smooth the process of letting go (and receiving):

  • Remember to decide which items you are willing to let go of before-hand to avoid disappointing your swapping partner.
  •  Wash the clothes before-hand – That mustard stain on that white T-shirt, not so cool.
  • It’s trading, so don’t take more than you are willing to give.
  • If you normally avoid second-hand and swap shops because you fear where those clothes have been, this might be a safer option for you.
  • It’s also a lot of fun if you invite more than just one friend. Make it a party!

So go ahead then and swap till you drop.