I must admit, I've been going out at night an awful lot lately. In some weeks, I've left all the kids at home but Rose and gone out for hours, at least 3-4 times in one week.
Last night I told Mike that I was going to a clothes swap- he looks at me and says "Do you really need to be going out every night? Relax, take it easy... And anyhow, we have too many things already at home- do we need to be filling up the house with more stuff?"
But of course, you know me- I can't resist a deal... and since the cost of this swap was only the $2 that was collected from everyone and donated to charity, plus the transportation there and back, I decided it was worth it.
I made a deal with Mike though- I donated a backpack full worth of clothes (mostly things that weren't fitting me anymore) and promised that I wouldn't bring back more than I could fit in the backpack, so I wasn't filling the house with clutter, but getting rid of stuff and replacing it with other things.
I had a great time at the swap, and came home with quite a haul. But true to my word, I managed to fit everything into my backpack and didn't take a stitch more.
Here's what I brought home- for me: 1 fancy skirt, one bathing suit, 4 long sleeved shirts and 1 tank top.
3 beautiful/fancy dresses for Rose, 1 dress for Anneliese, 1 pair of sandals for Anneliese, and one pair of swim trunks for Ike.
A whole bunch of costume jewelry, including 4 necklaces, 2 bracelets, 4 pairs of earrings, one hair clip, and one headband for Rose.
Plus 5 gorgeous scarves...
And then there was also a story book for kids, an all natural, essential oil based organic perfume, a set of markers, Huckleberry Fin (abridged) on CD, and (not shown) a bead keychain crafting kit.
When I got home and showed my husband my haul, he couldn't believe that it was all free, and how amazing the things I got were.
He conceded. Swaps are definitely worth it.
Even buying all these stuff at our dirt cheap second hand store would cost much more than this did.
Definitely worth it.
If you've never heard of clothes swaps before, find out all about what clothes swaps are, how to arrange them, etc... here.
Have you ever been to a swap before, clothes or otherwise? Does it seem like something you'd be interested in attending or arranging?
If you've been to swaps before, what were your best/favorite acquisitions there?