Saturday, May 5, 2007

I Love Naked Ladies

So, there I was, in all my glorious efforts to become debt free in one-year...eating a six dollar slice of carrot cake at my most favorite Jax Beach Bar, Twisted Sister.

I know what you're thinking.

I know it is crazy.

But yes, I ordered carrot cake in a bar. And it was damn good.

(No, I didn't need to spend the six bucks on it, but luckily, I found my next blog inspiration! Hence the dessert details.)

So, as I devoured my six dollar slice of heaven, I sat and talked with my good friend "T" about life, work, boys, bowel movements, and of course, money. It always comes back to money. She was telling me about a party idea she heard about from a friend called a clothing exchange.

Being inspired by T, who always does her Internet research, I researched this idea on my own and discovered that these clothing exchange parties (which masquerade under many names, my favorite being The Naked Lady Party) are popular world-over.

Here's the basic idea:

  • Invite a group of women (similar sizes)
  • Ask all party-goers to bring a bag/box of unwanted/gently-used/washed goods - clothing, shoes, accessories, etc.
  • After all guests have arrived, begin the exchange
  • Some websites suggested several rules for swapping - limiting number of items, auctioning off certain goods, "dibs", having gals model a coveted item and voting on whom should get it based on who looks best, etc. Other sites suggested a free-for-all style of first come first serve. Almost every site recommended donating unwanted goods to charity.
  • Ladies (sadly, no longer naked) go home with a bag of "new" clothes!
  • This can also work for books, cds, dvds, kitchen ware...I even read about a pantry swap!

Not only does this serve as a form of recycling, but I suspect it will suppress the shopping bug that it annoyingly biting at my heels this very instant.

If you'd tried or attended one of these parties, let me know! I'd love to hear your stories.

Until payday,


You can read about Naked Lady Parties just like I did - here, here, here, and here.

1 comment:

GatorGirlintheCity said...

You could also do an accessory swap party. One of the food network cooks had a show about cooking for a party like that.