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It is easy to arrange a swishing party
and you can choose whether to just have a small party and swish with friends or a larger scale swish that is open to the public. You will first need to make sure that everyone knows about your swishing party and what is involved by sending out invitations or advertising if it is a larger scale event.

Each person needs to bring one item of clothing
that is in good condition and they are happy to swap. They can leave with as many items as they wish but no items can be claimed before the swish is opened. There will usually be a browsing time before the opening of the swish, how long will depend on the size of the swish. All items should be put on display during this time. The browsing time is also an ideal time for guests to have a drink and some nibbles and to socialise and enjoy themselves.

There is really nothing else to arranging a swishing party.
Obviously everyone needs to enter into to the spirit of the event by taking along clothes or accessories that they no longer want but that someone else would be delighted to receive and it goes without saying that there should be no pushing, shoving or fighting for clothes once the swish begins!

If you love the idea of swishing but haven't got time to arrange a party, you could try swapping your clothes on a clothes swapping website.

About The Author
This article was written by Ceri Heathcote for posh-swaps.com, a website for swapping, buying and selling second hand and vintage clothing. http://www.posh-swaps.com

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Swishing by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Swishing refers to swapping an item or items of clothing or shoes or an accessory with friends or acquaintances. Parties must willingly give an item to participate in the transaction, once they have given an item they are free to choose something of interest from what others have offered.
Value does not come into the equation, swappers do not necessarily get an item of equal value and are free to choose anything that the other person if offering (without having to pay). Swishing is now being more widely practised throughout the world, and has evolved to include other items such as books and furniture.
Not only do people hold 'swishing parties' either as a charity event or simply for the enjoyment of it (while recycling and saving money at the same time) but, there are several websites that have online swishes taking place. Such as www.bigwardrobe.com and www.whatsmineisyours.com
“The latest craze sweeping the country is ethical, eco-fabulous, social and fun. Welcome to the future of fashion."
Jess Cartner-Morley, Marie Claire Magazine

History
Swishing (deriving from the dictionary definition of 'to rustle, as silk' - which in the eyes of the Swishing team means 'to rustle from friends') began in 2000 when Lucy Shea, founder of green PR firm Futerra and her work colleagues wanted to come up with a way to combine a love of retail shopping without contributing to increased consumption.

It has since been imbursed by fashion model Twiggy in Twiggy's frock exchange, and as a result has become one of the most popular ways of swapping clothes.
“Save money, save the planet, have a party: swishing effortlessly touches all of these buttons. Swishing parties are for all those women who want to combine glamour, environmental protection and frugality."
Lucy Shea, founder of Swishing and director of Futerra Sustainability Communications
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How to Arrange a Swishing Party By: Ceri Heathcote

Swishing is the name
given to a party organised to swap second hand clothes. It is the latest trend and has become so popular as it is a great way to save money. It is also eco friendly and fun. Swishing allows you to recycle clothes instead of throwing them away minimising the environmental impact caused by the manufacture and disposal of textiles and clothing. The aim of a swish party is to get together a group of people each with one or more item of clothing or accessories in good condition. At the end of the swishing party each person should go home with at least one item that they really love.

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