This week I went to two (!!) swap shops so am feeling super thrifty. The first with my company Find Me where we were raising money at Bournemouth Uni for local hospice Lewis Manning, and the second was the Bournemouth Blogger’s Spring meet-up. I’ll be posting plenty of outfit photos of the amazing bargains/freebies I got from both events, but for now here’s a sneak peek of what it looked like.
The Blogger swap was held in Orange Rooms (Bournemouth) which is a very cool ‘apres ski’ bar/restaurant filled with wood, tartan and a giant polar bear – pretty awesome! The food was very reasonably priced, and super delicious, so I’d certainly recommend it.
The way the swap worked: you brought items and they were given a value in stars which were stuck on to your name tag. The items were then also tagged with a number value and you simply traded your stars for goodies! Everyone had brought loads of lovely things and I came away with a whole new selection of fun things to add to my wardrobe. It was also really exciting to see other (super stylish) people getting excited about the things you’d donated – quite a compliment!
Have you ever gone to a swap shop, or organised one? I’m now thinking about doing one with all my friends – amazing how much someone can love something that you’ve never worn!
Here’s a list of some of the other wonderful local bloggers who were there… definitely check them out:
http://www.beccasfashionandlife.co.uk/ – she may be only 16 but man this girl is talented. Fashion, beauty and lifestyle galore, and gorgeous photography. One to watch!
http://www.arosieoutlook.com/ – a glimpse into the cheerful English countryside life you wish you had: complete with dog, fiance and rainbow coloured trainer collection.
http://www.hannah-bee.co.uk/ – don’t read this if you’re hungry – finally a tasty and realistic vegan blog for those who don’t want to live off lettuce.
http://www.investinyourchest.co.uk/ – prepare to throw out half your bra’s when Cheryl shows you they don’t fit, flatter or work any more. Loads of great practical, honest tips for girls of all shapes and sizes.
http://ambellia.blogspot.co.uk/ – a very sweet blog with fab summery outfits.
http://daisychainsanddreamers.wordpress.com/ – living in the South really is as fabulous as Sarah makes it look – quaint furniture DIYs, handy makeup tips, and homemade cupcakes.
http://scarlettlondon.com/ – basically an online magazine – events, beauty, fashion, and even gossip! Everything a girl needs in one place.
http://loquaciouslolita.wordpress.com/ – a blog on everything from alternative fashion to LGBT…… and yes, she did a whole post on Jennifer Lawrence – win!
http://www.impatience-is-a-virtue.blogspot.co.uk/ – fabulous beauty blog, just the right balance between girly and practical.
That sounds like so much fun! I’m definitely going to have to see if there are any swap shops in my area!! 🙂
Yeah – or organise one!
I’ve done a few of these in the past, and so much fun. It feels like you’ve totally updated your wardrobe with things other people didn’t want anymore. Glad to see you found a few good things 🙂
Yeah, I was so impressed with the quality of choices – and how excited people were to get my unwanted clothes too!
That swap looks amazing! Hope you found some good things 🙂
Can’t wait to post my new outfits 🙂 Freeeee clothes are the best
WOW, such a fun event. We’ve never been to a swap party, but have definitely been missing out.
XOXO N & N
You should totally organise one 🙂 Even just amongst good friends – such fun!