Okay, guys, so I totally have this one-in-one-out rule now. In a minute you're going to see all the new stuff I got. But all this new stuff means I had to go through my closets and bookshelves and nooks and crannies and pick out things to get rid of. And here's how I'm going to do that.
Internet Clothing Swap!
I want to organize one. And that means I need you and all the people you know to find out about this and consider entering the swap.
How It's Going to Work
Sign up in the comments, here, with the following information:
-Blog Name/Flickr Name/LJ Name/Where ever you choose to host your swap pictures
-Estimated number of items available for swap
-Who referred you here (if I don't already know you)
-Location (you can be approximate, I just need an idea of where people are likely to ship things from, or whether they want to meet in person to do the swapping)
We aren't going to be doing this as an even swap; we're doing an everybody-in-everybody-claim-whatever swap, so you will need to be prepared to ship things to people (let's try to keep the fees as low as possible, please) unless they live near you and you want to trade in person. A few of my NYC-area friends have already expressed interest, so I think we'll definitely do a meet-up here.
What You Should Be Doing to Prepare
Start photographing your swapables. Because shipping money may be changing hands and we want to be as safe as possible, please include a note with your Blog Name (or whatever) and T, T & T September 2008 Swap HANDWRITTEN and visible in EACH swap picture. Photograph the stuff however you want, in a pile, styled, whatever, but pictures where people can actually see the stuff do better.
Some people are confused about the whole handwritten note business. This is what I mean:
I just want us all to have SOMETHING that proves these pictures are specifically for this swap and aren't just pulled randomly from somewhere. It doesn't need to be fancy or crisply clear.
Now on to my new stuffs!
Okay, I spent way too much money on this tote ($23.99 at Daffy's) but I love it so.
$2, $2, $2, $6.99 for the three-pack, $1, $0.75, $2, respectively! All from Filene's. I've worn both of the brown pairs and they're super comfy and awesome.
This is the all-you-can-stuff-in-a-bag loot. I ended up with two very stuffed bags, $20 total. Some of the stuff had stains, so I have to see about my cleaning skills or figure out how to recon them. (I'm not always a model shopper. Sometimes I get too excited by the shape of something and forget to check it over.)
That's all of the clothes. Not that it wasn't a ton and all. But I also went to a friend's very well-established book swap.
I left with those two suitcases carefully stuffed full of books and returned with what you see there and here:
Of course I'm excited about the books, but I'm superexcited about the sudden windfall that the TiVo equals. Now I don't need to get a new cable box for the living room. I can tell Amazon to just send things to my TiVo. I can't wait until this TiVo learns all about me and wants to be my best friend. So, I came home with a fair amount less than I went with. And that is good!
Don't worry, even with the books putting me ahead in the one-in-one-out rule, I still have a TON of clothing to swap!