Here's how the swap party works:
The invitation explains that each guest bring up to 10 items (handbags, accessories, drinking glasses, books, dishes etc.) just about anything to swap.
When your guests arrive they receive the same number of clothes pins as items they brought.
The clothes pins have their name or initial on them.
Each item is then tagged with a manila tag. The tagged items are placed with like items together.
The guests then shop by placing their clothespins on the tags of the items they're interested in.
After everyone has shopped, bag all the items with only one clothes pin. I used brown paper bags labeled with each guests name on it. This worked well.
If an item has more than 1 clothespin then a drawing takes place to determine who wins the item. The losing pins are given back to the guests so they can select a different item.
The items that are left over from the party can be donated.
Below is my stash from the party!