The Clothes Swap and the Six of Pentacles

This Sunday is the annual Clothes Swap gathering at a friend’s house. I look forward to it like I looked forward to Christmas morning at age eight. I come home with a bagful of clothes and a face crooked from laughing so hard, since the Clothes Swap draws together some of the funniest women I know.

The whole thing is Six of Pentacles from start to finish. The invitation calls us to clear our closets of any item “to which we cannot give the love it deserves.” We usually meet in late-February, since February in Maine can be pretty dreary. The invitation taunts us: “What, you’ve got something better to do?”

So we cull the unworn, the unloved, the impulse-purchase that never quite cut it, from our wardrobe in hopes that someone else will find it irresistible. Each person brings their bag — or bags– of discards and we take turns displaying our wares. There is lots of grabbing that goes on as we claim items which catch our eye, and we’ve learned that if we bring a leather handbag to The Swap we’d better be careful of our host’s quick reflexes.

Not limited to just clothes, we’ve expanded The Swap to include jewelry, books, miscellaneous house decor, and anything else we’re finished appreciating. Last year I brought a mostly-full box of tampons. Hey, I wasn’t using them, but someone would.

And that’s the Six of  Pentacles spirit of the day: share the wealth; trade useful goods with others; share a February Sunday with friends; bring home some free duds in a mutually beneficial exchange. Plus, whatever is not snatched up by our eager hands is put aside in a pile, a lump of fabric that by the end of the day looks like a downed buffalo in the corner of the room. These things are donated to the local shelter, where less fortunate folks benefit from our day and our host gets the tax write off.

Win-Win-Win! That’s the nature of the Six of Pentacles.

I’ll post what items came home with in Monday’s blog — I bet I’ll still be grinning.

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3 Comments

  1. February 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    I LOVE THIS, Jeanne! Can’t wait to hear (and see) what you bring back! Pictures! Pictures!

  2. February 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    OK, good! Pictures to follow on Monday~

  3. Coop said,

    February 26, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    I love my goodies!! As always, thanks for sharing! Nice blog post. :o)


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