How to Swap. (bring me good stuff)

Let's talk Swap.

Not that this needs a whole lot of explanation but success is not guaranteed at an event such as this. It takes a bit of strategy and a good attitude. Just like having fun at a house party! Don't you wish someone had given you a little primer before you learned the hard way? For example- Don't show up on time, the host/hostess will inevitably still be in the shower. Don't stand in the hallway, you'll only get bumped every time someone needs to go to the bathroom and end up with beer all over yourself. And never assume the bathroom door is locked at a house party. Ever.

A few supah exciting updates before we begin... First, somehow I failed to mention in the first blog post that this event will be a charity event benefitting Arc of Austin (all leftover items will go to their shelter) and the Texas Advocacy Project (all proceeds from The Cupcake Bar.) This is an amazing opportunity to help out two great organizations.

Next, and I could not be more giddy to say this, after a brief eek! panic! moment over DJ issues, we have secured KUT's own Laurie Gallardo as the DJ for our event!!! WHAT!? I know. That's pretty cool. As a die-hard, all day long KUT listener and Texas Music Matters fan I just died a bit inside because besides the whole DJ'ing thing I GET TO MEET HER! haha. I am a nerd for public broadcasting and this is right up my alley. And the lady knows everything you would want to know about good music so our spot will be the jam for sure. What is "the jam" you say? Show up and find out.

Not new but IMPROVED and up to date event poster!!
(feel free to share it with your friends)


Oh! And not only will be Magnolia Family Vintage be swapping awesome goods, but we have guaranteed swapping from some of Austin's favorite fashionistas!

Esti Choi of!
Tiffany of Austin is Burning!
Indiana Adams of!

and we are adding names daily. Don't doubt it, you're going to find the good stuff.

Getting on with it...

"How To Succeed at a Clothing Swap by Just Trying a Little"

  1. The Best of Intentions- My number one clothing swap concern lies in the spirit of the event. I want this event to be about community, fun, green-livin', and style. This is NOT - I REPEAT NOT- a chance for you to horde a bunch of stuff you plan to take and sell to Buffalo Exchange the next day. Please do not be a vulture. I can smell one a mile away and if I see you I will descend like a lioness separated from her cubs! I had a bad experience with this at my own garage sale when dozens of people arrived at dawn and indiscriminately hauled away garbage bags of the best stuff to sell at their city-wide garage sale stalls, I am sure... Before any vintage loving, real-life, stylish peoples even showed up! Call me old fashioned and hard to please but I love to see it all go to a loving home where someone will put it on and feel FLY!* Dig it, love it ,wear it.
  2. Nothing but Possibilities- Come in believing you could find something neat and adorable that just wasn't someone else's cup of tea. Come with hope and nothing to lose. After all, you didn't pay to get in and what you did bring to swap will go to a good cause either way. You may not find that sought after vintage Galliano cape you've always wanted. Most people don't swap that kind of schwag. Most people swap what doesn't fit, what they were into last year (could be what you're into now...) , and what they bought and never wore. I know a lot of women have said "I won't find anything in my size" and "I am too old" and to that I say shut up. Seriously. I have had it up to HERE with the wah wah. Lots of women are your size and lots of women are your age. No reason to think they won't be there too. It's just not true. Like the argument that you can't find vintage "in your size." I am living proof that that is BS. Not only do I fit my butt into it on a daily basis, I have found and sold tons of truly plus size items from the past... The point is this is not a sample sale and you have to open your mind. Never thought about belting a shirt before and wearing it as a mini-dress but your curious because you've seen it look adorable on someone else?? Well NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! You could find a belt and a shirt for free and give it a go. If it doesn't work out... well, you tried something new and there is a goodwill down the street. But you know what? I bet you look FLY**
  3. What to Bring- Bring anything! Almost. Bring things you at least liked at one point or someone else did (that sweater your Aunt gave you is nice but not your style...) Feel free to bring dresses, shirts, tees, sweaters, vests, pants, skirts, scarves, belts, shoes, purses, and shorts! Vintage is welcome OF COURSE and so is new and so is that period in the 90's that seems up for discussion :) There aren't a whole lot of rules here... Except, okay, just don't be gross or insulting. Don't bring it if you knew it was ugly in 1997. Don't bring it if it has stains of an unidentified origin. Or stains at all. There would be very few exceptions to this unless you can prove to me that the ketchup came right off the french fry that Jon Hamm dropped out of his own pretty mouth. Got me? A lot of people would say don't bring things that need repairing/have holes. I am of the opinion that if it is a great item otherwise, someone might want to put the ten minutes of repair time into it that you didn't! Another thing to keep in mind is that a maxi dress can be turned into a mini, long sleeves to short, things can be altered... When you get something free you're liberated to do as you wish with it. Items full of holes should be left at home unless they're those items that look so super cool with holes like jean shorts and metal tees. Word. Bring your stuff neatly folded, if possible, ideally in a resuable bag you can then use to haul off your loot in. Final word- bring stuff I would like, muahaha.
  4. Logistics- On the day of this event, when you show up with your bag to swap, you will receive in return a ticket for each item, up to ten. Please feel free to bring more than ten items because, as you know, any extra goes to a great cause (but please don't dump a giant bag of whatever at our feet because you figure we'll take care of it. Pick and choose what you want to swap!) Then you will proceed inside to dig around through what other people have brought. This is also the time when you get a cupcake and something to drink, in other words, the very best part! When you find and decide you want to keep something, you will give one of your tickets to a Rock N' Swap worker bee manning the table you're sifting through. You will have ten tickets so you get to take home ten items. This is how we are going to try and prevent the aforementioned vulturing.
So, are you pumped? I am. You think that up there is a whole lot of blah-blah?? It totally is. If there is one thing I know how to do, it is overthink. But then again are you a professional finder of awesome things for super cheap that other people want? I didn't think so! Since I am... I may have some insight here. I certainly do love this kind of thing and I hope to see your pretty/handsome face there...

*FLY needs to come back. I love saying it and I am going to be throwing it around a lot. It is super fun, try it. "Girl, you look FLY!" See what I mean?
**What did I tell you?

Rock it, Swap it.

Hey y'all.

My confession this winter is that I refuse to take off my leggings and I have amassed a collection of oversized sweaters you could drown in. I do not consider this "getting dressed" per se but it's been working for me for months now...

It's been a beautiful holiday season in the magnolia family manse. I hope you all had a an equally pleasant roll into 2010. We spent the Christmas in Montana with family. We snowshoed, we layered, we dogsledded. My toes froze and m daughter was spoiled like crazy, to be expected. We came home to a bright new year and then free week in Austin's Red River District blended right into what I fondly call my birthday month. Yes, I am now 28 years old. I cannot lie, so far 28 looks like a gem and I couldn't have asked for a better birthday weekend. Good company, good family, kind words, good music, tasty food... I could go on. Truth be told I have been absent from blogging too long to bother trying to catch you up. It's been a lot. I am blessed in my life and in my heart.

On my break from work and from blogging I took the time to reconsider what I want to do here. The original intention of this blog seems to have come and gone. The absence of plan for what I was going to do when my year of living thriftily OFFICIALLY ended left me a bit confounded. I love to share the things I love and my passion remains in the spirit of living green by making good use of what we already have (as opposed to focusing on sustainable ways to make MORE things, which is it's own lovely thing). And so that is what I plan to continue to promote and discuss here. But limits aren't my thing. Planning gives me hives. Definitions give me the heebie jeebs. So I am just not going to bother with those. I am going to commit this particular blog (ooooh sneaky did you know I keep other ports of call??) to recording and l-l-l-loving anything I want :) My beautiful family, my addiction to the treasure hunt, the road trips, the good time bands, my need for everyone to express themselves with style... You get it. You know what's up.

So here is the good news! Well, in my mind there is a lot of god news but the most immediate and the most exciting is that I can now unleash upon you what we have been working on here behind the scenes for quite awhile...

Remember for the few of you who were paying attention I said free clothes!? Good booze! Music! Well here it be.

Mark your calendar.

What? you say.... Well it is a clothing swap. A big one. This isn't the weekday night-living room swap you may have been to or heard about in the past. This is much better. In my head, I had the thought "Wouldn't it be fun to host a clothing swap? Wouldn't it be MORE fun if there was liquor? And music??" Not exactly nuclear engineering but hey, here we are. I joined forces with the effervescent and shockingly well connected Tolley over at Austin Eavesdropper and wham-bam we have Beauty Bar, we have Treaty Oak Rum, we have The Cupcake Bar, we have Laced With Romance lending their always impeccable hippie selections... This is a lot of good stuff.

Now listen carefully. I know that not everyone has been to a swap or even knows how a clothing swap works. It is as simple as can be.

  1. You show up at Beauty Bar on January 30th between 6 and 10pm.
  2. You bring with you ten items of clean clothes (items such as shoes, belts, and purses will be counted) in good condition and with reasonable belief that someone else may want them. You don't have ten items of clothing to spare? No worries.
  3. You can also swap with us a measly $5 at the door and we'll let you inside the fray.
  4. Once you're in you get to treasure hunt through the clothes other people bring and take up to ten items home with you! For free! And if you just hate the idea of taking home free clothes... well, I won't address how many ways something could be wrong with you but I will say that you can also shop a little vintage from our own Magnolia Family Vintage or Laced With Romance, drink a little rum and hope a cat fight breaks out, do a little dance around the piles to the rock and roll part of the rock and swap... You know, lots of options.

We're going to want a lot of people to show up. The more people show up the more clothes there are to swap the more chances increase that we can all walk away with our new favorite things! I love that idea. I love a good chance. Hopeful, isn't it? So you know, get your talk on and tell people what is happening!! You can RSVP at the web site and post all about it on Facebook and you know you have a blog that you want to use for good and not evil. Let the world know.

Now, I will be publishing a comprehensive "How to Succeed at a Clothing Swap by Just Trying a Little" this week. There is a spirit and a method to the madness!! Keep your eyes open and in the meantime start setting aside your swap offerings and tell your friends.

Seacrest Out.