Welcome to “Pump Day”; your weekly encouragement to remember that, once upon a time, before you were your kids’ mommy, you were your husband’s lady.
This past week, I had the pleasure of attending a women’s community event held at a local church. This event was incredibly unique and loads of fun. We got to go shopping, for free!
I have participated in a few clothing exchanges in the past; I’ve hosted a few myself. When I received an email from a local church advertising an upcoming community event, I was intrigued. Always up for a deal, I added the event to my calendar and prepared to attend.
A local women’s group had the brilliant idea to host a community clothing exchange for ladies. Clothing could be dropped off two weeks prior to the event, up to the evening of. All those who brought clothing would get a raffle ticket for special prizes at the event. Clothing, shoes, jewelry, and more were accepted. Nothing to donate? No worries; come anyway. You were not required to bring anything to participate, just your sense of fun.
The night of, I wanted to make sure I got there a few minutes early. I know it sounds silly, but I figured the earlier I got there the less crowded it would be and the more choices would be available. Turns out, I was right! To be fair to all the ladies planning to attend, each of us were asked to only choose five items which we liked most; this would prevent only a few of us from snagging all the goodies, leaving nothing for the late comers.
My first choice was a lovely polka dot blouse. A helpful volunteer noticed my choice and promptly found me another blouse which matched the first in style; both were very retro. I think she was having fun dressing me because she quickly came back with several other cute pieces as well. Having only five pieces to initially start with, I wanted to be careful though. I ended up with an adorable pair of Oxford heels and four blouses.
After a few hours of perusing, snacking, and visiting, we were able to expand our choices to more than five items. I immediately found several sweaters which suited my needs and another blouse. Along with those, I found another pair of heels (of course!) and several pieces of jewelry.
What a night! Not only were the clothing items clean and well-kept, some of them were good quality. My favorite finds are the Oxford heels and a Fossil watch, which is also retro in design. However, all of my finds are absolutely fantastic! I can’t believe someone was actually getting rid of these pieces; most look like they’ve never been worn.
The clothing exchange was definitely a success and not just for me. Many of the ladies were walking out with large bags full of clothes and jewelry. The evening was filled with fun and fellowship. The ladies who ran this event were charming and very considerate; they really did a remarkable job.
This event has prompted a lot of thought on my part. I can’t wait to present this idea to my own church and get the ball rolling. It was such a blessing just being there; getting free clothes was just a bonus!
Time to Chime In: Have you ever attending a women’s clothing exchange? Share with us your favorite find!
As always… While fashion is fun, we should remember:
“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” – I Peter 3:3-4