We started by all settling in with a glass of wine and then going through each of our items with some show and tell (I like to explain the provenance of all my clothes, so I bored everyone with stories of exactly which charity shop in rural Australia I had picked up that particular scarf).
We then sorted into piles of dresses, trousers, tops, shoes, skirts and accessories.
When we'd each gathered our haul, we returned to the show-and-tell with our finds, so that anyone could make a bid for anything they'd missed, and also so we all knew where our clothes had gone and where our excellent finds had come from.
- The room got very stuffy and we all started sneezing after a while because of the fibres, so make sure the room is well-ventilated.
- Have a good mirror and plenty of light.
- Decide beforehand what you'll do with the surplus - charity shop? Reclaim your items? Car boot sale? eBay?
- Make sure you're comfortable with the people you're swapping with. It was cosy and relaxed and we saw a lot of each other in our underwear. If this sounds like your idea of hell, set up a few screens or have another room that's easily accessible.
Muse Photography and Styling
The Beauty in Brighton
Spun Glass Theatre
Laura Lexx - comedian (and her brilliant blog)
Anotherworld Events - murder mysteries!