How to Host a Clothing-Swap Fundraiser

Whether it's spring cleaning time or you've recently dropped a few trousers sizes, it's normal to have clothes you no longer need lying around the house. Normally, these clothes just take up space, but you can organise a clothing-swap fundraiser to bring together your friends and family to exchange clothes, enjoy some snacks and raise money for the cause of your choice.

Build your invitation list. Fill it with people who support your fundraising efforts and the causes or functions for which you will be raising money. Think about women who have had children in the past years and people who have lost a lot of weight. On the invitation, instruct people to bring their old clothing they no longer need or want, shopping bags and a cover charge that will go to funding the party and cause.

Place folding tables out and clothing racks to display the clothing. Set aside a table where you can sell food and drinks to the guests. Try not to overprice things, but make sure the costs are covered, and you're still making a profit for the fundraiser.

Collect the cover charge at the door as you let people in and direct them to the tables to place their stuff. Have everyone place there things on tables that are separated by type, size and style. Keeping things organised will help people find what they are looking for better. Once the guests have arrived, direct them to the food and drinks, and give them the OK to start swapping.

Walk around and help people with what they need. Answer questions and direct them to the correct tables.

Collect the leftover clothing and box it up after the guests have left. Bring the clothing to a local shelter or Salvation Army. Most second-hand shops will give some money for the clothing. This can go to the fundraiser. Count and bank the fundraiser money. Send out a thank-you letter to everyone who joined in on the fun and helped out. Let them know how much was collected and will be going to the cause. If you paid any expenses for the fundraiser out of pocket, write them off as a charitable donation. Keep all relevant receipts as proof of your donation.

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Brenda Barron is a writer, editor and researcher based in Southern California. She has worked as a writer since 2004, with work appearing in online and print publications such as BabyZone, "Cat Fancy" and "ePregnancy." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from California State University, Long Beach.