Sunday, June 3, 2012

How to Host a Swap-o-Rama

After dropping off your donations, check out the clothes pile
Thanks to my sister on law, E and I discovered Swap-o-Rama this weekend. It's a great way to clean out the closets, pick up some new-to-you clothes and get your creative juices flowing all for a good cause.

Find stuff you like.
Here's how it works. First select a cause for which you'd like to raise funds and awareness. Then find a place. Charge a minimal entrance fee but require one bag of donated clothes for each entry. (those proceeds go to your cause as do earnings from raffles and other bonus fundraising efforts. Any clothes left over at the end of the day go to your local shelter.)

Participants drop their donations at the door. Donations are sorted into tables Craft stations are set up along the perimeter. Stations here included: making bags out of old shirts; silk screening; fabric painting; seeing machine stations; pillow making; and hat making. A live blues band added to the flavor.
Keep your newfound treasures as is, or embellish on site.
Then turn it into something you can use.
Or find things that just shouldn't be...
Even kept the pockets. They'll come in handy.


With the leftover leg fabric, make two more items (bookbags here).

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