Last Saturday a close friend invited me to a “closet clearout party” in Chelsea. I’ve been to several of these events over the years but they have mostly taken place in girlfriends’ bedrooms and consisted of a group of no more than five to ten women.
Times have definitely changed.
Saturday’s clearout came complete with an invitation and promises of freshly baked goodies and oodles of champagne. So not only do you get to enjoy fantastic nibbles and bubbly in the company of glamorous women and their doting husbands, but you also have the opportunity to shop a closet (or office space as this party went) full of designer clothes at next-to-nothing prices. The host was relaxed, immaculately dressed and happy to see her once-treasured possessions find new homes with fellow fashion followers.
Whereas so many of the sales I’ve attended have been held to raise a quick bit of cash, this one was completely for charity. So I didn’t feel bad when eyeing up Prada bags, Burberry jackets and Marni dresses. I was doing a good turn. I was contributing to the wellbeing of mankind, not to mention recycling at the same time. Really, I think we should be rewarded for such honorable deeds.
I’m actually thinking a day might come when I will do the same thing. My closet space is becoming a bit ridiculous and I’m convinced no man is ever going to put a diamond on my right hand if he sees the wardrobe that comes with it – space is a serious issue in London!
So stay tuned, as perhaps you will be getting a glossy invite to a fabulous sale in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, if you are looking for a Christmas fix but money is tight, why not try flipping through the search pages on eBay? There are some amazing deals to be had in the designer arena.