Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cincinnati Swapping

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Dress: XXI.  Necklace: Macy’s.  Shoes: Steve Madden.

After ages of letting my hair grow, I finally got it trimmed (and darkened).  Unfortunately, this coiffed picture did not last long… – within about 30 minutes I was a sweaty mess. Yuck. 

What did I do that was so strenuous? I went to a Cincinnati based clothing swap of course!  You may wonder what happened at a clothing swap that would cause this amount of “damage” … thankfully – it was only the heat.  Zero fights over ruffled clothing items materialized, but much perspiration and heat exhaustion transpired in the small unventilated unairconditioned room during a high humidity mid 90’s Cincinnati summer day.  God willing, I made it out alive.

 

 

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All in all, it was a great event.  You were allowed to bring up to 10 items and you could leave with as many items as you brought.  All clothing items were displayed and swappers could grab at will.  Any items not swapped would be donated.

Pros: no time restrictions, no worrying if people will take your clothes or not, support of charity fundraising ($5 donation required), on the spot alterations (by The Brush Company), and a group a fabulous swappers.

Cons: heat, heat, heat…, limitation of items you can bring, with the open start time there was no way to see all clothing options unless you stayed the full 3 hours, and finally, as it was a “drop your stuff” kind of swap you could really lose your shirt (literally!) if you brought a lot of really nice quality clothing and others brought things you didn’t like.

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I ended up with 3 of Kasmira’s items and she ended up with 1 of mine!  Next time we’ll have to just try a friend to friend swap (with air conditioning please).

Here are a few of the goodies I came home with:

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15 comments:

ChicGhost said...

those red beads you are wearing really pop on you,,, they look great!

Alicia said...

I've been waiting to see how you wear those shoes, I recently purchase a pair just like them from Ann Taylor Loft that is extremely similar. I'm just confused on what to match, the black upper, or the brown wood wedge...

Love the coral necklace.

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Lisa - respect the shoes said...

What a cool idea to do a clothing swap with strangers - definitely opens up your wardrobe opportunities, as long as the ladies stay nice about thing. Sucks about the "bad conditions" though.

I too, like your pop of color with the black and white!

Anonymous said...

Personally, I'm wary of second hand clothing. Went to a thrift store (for the first time) and bought a lace top. I asked the lady if it was clean and she assured me it was. But when I went home and took a closer look, I found deodorant stains on it! Curious about other people's experiences with second hand clothing...

Lorena said...

Your goodies are fab !
I would have taken these pieces too.
Cant wait to see you sport them.

Iris said...

What a cute dress! I'm glad you got some good finds at the swap :)

Anna said...

We had an event just like this in Minneapolis and I thought it was great! I was wishing they would do it more often.
And I'm glad you snagged that "raspberry dress" of Kasmira's, I think it's too cute to let go!

Rebecca said...

I like that dress, and it looks like you got some cute things from the swap.

Leah said...

I love the darker hair on you... and the clothing swap looks like so much fun!

Kimberly said...

It looks like both you and K got some really cute stuff at the swap. Too bad no AC on an extra hot weekend!

Sarah said...

This is my favorite dress of yours - everytime you wear it I remeber how much I want it! It is so simple but I just love it!!

What a great idea!! Sounds great - sorry there was no air conditioning!

Aury said...

I reaaallly like your dress. I feel like the butterflies against the background really to speak about ur style and who you are if that makes any sense :)

Charlotte said...

Love your items...great find!! hair is a treat:)

Swishing is fabulous and if you want to do it in the relaxation of your own home I would recommend: iswish.com. You can swap for credits as well as items which improves the success rate as well as finding our own body double via the iSwish Mirror match - great fun!!
....the best part of course is that its free:)

DaShannon said...

it was so incredibly hot there! but worth the experience... i found quite a few good finds. did you see the vintage clothes with the stories attached. that was cool... and Whirly Girl's macarons were yummy!

Londyn said...

DaShannon - yes, totally worth risking heat stroke for :) I'm glad to hear you found some good items too!!

I actually got one of the vintage "story" items, but when I got it home I realized the fabric was all torn and not in wearable or fixable condition :(

I missed the macarons!