How to Start Swishing: Get Fabulous Free Clothes

Face it: you love that chorus of "Oh that is so darling! Where did you get it?" But if you want to live the eco-chic lifestyle, consumerism is out. What to do? Start swapping instead of shopping with a new trend called Swishing. Swishing started in London. Now the push is on to bring Swishing to American shores.

Why "Swishing?"

The dictionary definition: To rustle, as silk.

Swishing has been redefined by London's Futerra Sustainability Communications.
Swishing: To rustle clothes from friends.
The Swishing Organization points out: "According to the EPA Office of Solid Waste, Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year, and clothing and other textiles represent about 4% of the municipal solid waste. " Of course, you already bring your hand-me-downs to the local clothing recycling bin so they can go to a good cause. But there are usually a few pieces that you would like to know have found a good home. These are perfect Swishing fodder. So how to get started?

Step 1: Invite your friends.
You can download a Swishing Invitation, or make up your own recycled invitations.

Step 2: Price of Admission
Each person must bring at least one piece of fine quality clothing or accessories pulled from that guilty corner of the closet where the unwanted detritus of a consumer lifestyle resides.

Step 3: Have a ball.
Everyone should relax with a drink and a bite for at least an hour before the swishing opens. All the donated booty should be on display during this time...but watch rule #2!

Step 4: Explain the rules
There are only three rules to Swishing:

  • everyone must bring at least one item of clothing but people can leave with as many items as they wish;
  • No one can claim items as their own before the Swish opens;
  • No scratching, spitting or biting!

Step 5: Start Swishing!
If you are not up to starting the trend yourself, you could join in on upcoming events that have been scheduled as official Swishing events:

So that's it! Now you're Swishing!

More Clothing Swap Options
Swishing in Britain
Swopping in Sweden
Swapping is the New Shopping
Swapping Online
Swap-o-rama-rama
The Basics
How to Green your Wardrobe

Via Stephanie Corrado, Futerra Sustainability Communications, Swishing

Tags: Accessories | Clothing | Consumerism | London | New York City