Throw a Raid

Clothes swapping parties have become quite the trend.

Tisch Sussman recently moved from New York City to Washington, D.C., and wanted to make the transition a little bit easier by purging a lot of clothes she hardly wore. So she gathered 12 of her friends who are in their late 20s and early 30s for a swap..

Sussman says attendees brought everything they had been meaning to clean out of their closets and just dropped it in it a pile. There were no rules, and $5 admission went to a neighborhood tutoring program. She served wine and cheese to her guests so they could hang out while investigating the goods."Girls of all different sizes and styles came," she says. "Everyone had a chance to try on clothes that normally might have been out of their comfort zone."

All the clothes that were left over were given to Housing Works, an HIV service provider in New York, and Sussman already plans to make it in an annual event.

Callie Siegel attended the event and says she walked away with a Betsy Johnson dress, LuLu Lemon workout pants, black stirrup pants, a striped tank top and a beaded necklace. "Everyone left with at least one article of clothing," she says.

Spring-cleaning doesn't have to be the only time of year you clean out your closet. Plan a date with friends, and after you give your closets a good wipe out, you can all can meet up, throw clothes in the middle of a room and have at it.

Let's be clear that by no means do we recommend you take anything without asking, but the next time you find yourself saying, "Ugh, I have nothing to wear," or, "I hate my clothes," consider going on a raiding spree. There's no need to pull out the credit card with this kind of shopping.

Now it's your turn. Show us what you can find in a friend's closet. Share your comments below. Whose closet do you raid?


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