I’ve had some great finds at swishings over the years – last year picking up a black Berghaus jacket I wore throughout winter. Some of my favourite clothes I wear year after year are pieces found at a swishing – an old velvet shirt of my Nana’s and a red sundress for instance. But our swishings aren’t purely restricted to clothes – a couple of years ago I managed to get my hands on a brand new Bare Minerals makeup set, and my auntie picked up a snowboard.
I also find our annual swishing parties are brilliant at motivating us to have a proper clear out of our wardrobes. Sometimes I’ll see something I no longer wear, but have been hanging on to, and think of someone going to the party who may like it. Having someone in mind who may like the unworn dress or top encourages me to actually part with the piece.
It means clothing gets a new lease of life from a new owner – someone who will find it fresh and exciting to wear. For me, swishing is proving to be a worthwhile option for clothing rather than having it binned, or even putting into recycling. There is a pleasant satisfaction to be gained from sharing and swapping your clothes.
So, why not organise a swishing party of your own? It’s a great excuse for a get together with your friends and can be tailored to your own interests. For example, it may not be clothes you opt for as swishing can work equally as well for books. Or, homeware if you are looking to redecorate. Find a swishing theme that works for you.
Alternatively, if you don’t fancy organising your own swishing and would rather test the water before taking the leap and organising a party, you can get involved in some of the parties open to the public. This would be a great way to pick up tips on what makes for a successful swishing!