Why a Hand-Me-Downy Swap Party is a Must in Our Household

Raising two little boys who grow up super fast has its advantages and disadvantages. Getting them new clothes every season gets very expensive and, as much as I want my kids to look their best, I also care a lot about value, and want to get the most out of their clothes. That’s why I started thinking creatively – clothing swaps! Using Downy Fabric Conditioner and Tide together helps keep kids’ clothes looking newer, 50% longer! With this combo it means things can be worn, reworn and then swapped instead of worn out and tossed too soon! We hand them down to friends and family to use which also helps keep them from ending up in landfills. Bonus points for sustainability!

I recently learned that in North America alone, over 10 million tonnes of clothing are sent to landfills every year, and nearly all these clothes could have been reused or recycled. Just think about it: if we all came together and started being mindful of how much clothes we buy for our kids we could make a huge positive impact on the environment!

This made me change my mindset when buying kids’ clothes: when I’m looking for something new for Mason, I immediately think if this will work for Asher, for swapping with my friends’ kids and beyond! Downy is specially formulated to protect clothes from stretch, fade and fuzz. Because I incorporate Downy in our wash cycle, I am confident that everything I buy for my little ones, will have a much longer life, so we can enjoy things longer and get more value out of each item.

This past weekend I hosted a Hand-Me-Downy Kids’ Clothing Swap Party, where I invited family and friends to exchange kids’ clothes, while catching up with everyone I hadn’t seen in a while (who wouldn’t love this idea?!) At the end, everyone left with something “new-to-them” for their little ones and, as a bonus we all saved some money and spent amazing time together! Like many families, hand-me-downs is something we’ve done for generations but never really talked about. So I’m deciding to make this a seasonal tradition – and I hope this will inspire you to do the same!

Make sure you head over to http://handmedowny.ca to grab a $2-off coupon to go towards your next bottle of Downy, and find out how to host your very own Hand-Me-Downy Swap Party

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9 thoughts on “Why a Hand-Me-Downy Swap Party is a Must in Our Household”

  • Such a great idea! It’s amazing how fast the clothes pile up and you don’t know what to do with them.

  • I absolutely love this idea! A hand-me-downy party is seriously so smart to have for little kiddo’s that are constantly growing! I will have to remember this for the future 🙂

  • I love the way downy smells! So awesome that it works that well too. Every mom and dog mom’s dream! 🙂

  • This is too cute! I love anything that helps me reduce, reuse, or recycle! What a great product, and I love your set up! It’s adorable

  • I love this idea! I need to find a better laundry solution because (boy mom here) our clothes get ridiculously dirty! And of course, who doesn’t want to be more sustainable in 2018?! Duh 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  • This is such an amazing idea!! What a way to save money, and our planet! Not just that, but the time saved shopping on clothes for our growing kids!

  • Oh my goodness! Your hand my downy party is such a great idea! I will definitely be sharing this with friends and family! Thank you for sharing!!

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