Saratoga Swaps was different than some other trade parties that happen in New York City, said Briscoe. At these, it's common for people to dump their load to be sorted through, where some items will be accepted and others rejected. Based on acceptances, guests get a certain amount of tickets they use to "pay" for what they want. Briscoe and West decided to go with the honor system, which they said worked out just fine.
"Everyone was so generous and kind. We didn't want to scare people away so we accepted all goods, no rejections. I think people really did keep in the spirit of it and bring things in good shape," said Briscoe.
They were a little worried there wouldn't be enough to trade, but West said people brought tons of things like cardigans, dresses, skirts, unworn bathing suits and lots of shoes and jeans.
West walked away with a silk scarf from the Museum of Modern Art, never taken out of its package. Briscoe got a pair of J. Crew khakis, yoga pants, a workout top, a brown warp top and a floppy hat she "tackled" as soon as it was put on the table. There were so many leftovers that they were able to donate the rest to Franklin Community Center.
"There was lots of really cute stuff. I definitely brought more than I left with; but I brought all this stuff I never use that was clogging up my closet and life, and left with a few gems I really like," said Briscoe, who said both her and West keep running into partygoers who can't stop talking about their own "purchases."
Renee Helie Wheelock heard about Saratoga Swaps on Facebook and thought it would give her a chance to clean out her closet. While she said she didn't leave with anything she brought her 11-year-old daughter to make her own experience from the event.