Target: All ages
Management level: Moderate
Timeline: 2 months
The Money Smart Blue Jean Swap is designed to show families how to save money and conserve resources through re-use. This is a great way for families to stretch their clothing budget. The program demonstrates that, when people pool their resources, everyone benefits. Download this page as a PDF
The swap is best scheduled on a weekend or early evening during Money Smart Week when all members of the family can participate.
Plan the event.
Find an event location with open space and tabletops or clothing racks. Set a date and time for the event.
Optional: Set a jean drop-off location that will be open approx. 2 weeks before the event. Have vouchers available for Participants who choose to drop-off jeans early.
Order your FREE financial education materials.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides
free financial education materials that should be
distributed to attendees of the jean swap event.
Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.
Place order here
Register your event – even if it’s private.
Ensure that your library or organization is recognized as a program participant.
Register your event here
Pro Tip: Use Money Smart resources to help you market your event here.
Open the drop-off location.
During drop-off, individuals who donate will receive a voucher per one pair of jeans to then use during the swap. Vouchers are transferable to family, friends etc. Volunteers should sort jeans based on size and gender. Promote the date and time of the swap.
Host the 90-minute swap.
Participants use their voucher(s) to pick jeans. Volunteers on site should help with selection, voucher collection and check out. Have financial education materials available on site for the event. The educational materials can also be put in every check out bag.
Schedule charity pickup.
The remaining jeans should be donated to a local charity. Keep the reuse and recycle process going!
The Money Smart Week Blue Jean Swap event is a valuable opportunity to teach parents and their children the value of reusing and recycling. In addition to being a low-cost event, sponsors also receive free financial education materials, promotional and marketing materials, tool kits and access to online tools including a community management platform from the Money Smart team.
"The Money Smart Blue Jeans Swap was an easy program to execute, and it filled a real need in our community, with many participants expressing the wish that it could be an annual event. Because of its enthusiastic reception, we not only brought it back for a second year, but also reprised the concept in an equally successful art and craft supply swap. Depending on community needs, the basic framework could be used for all sorts of goods: school uniforms, sports equipment, and board games are just a few ideas.
In the future, we also plan to involve a local thrift store, both to “seed” in-demand seizes and also to help us manage our leftovers.”
Salem Public Library
The Money Smart Blue Jean Swap is designed to show families how to save money and conserve resources through re-use. This is a great way for families to stretch their clothing budget. The program demonstrates that, when people pool their resources, everyone benefits.
The swap is best scheduled on a weekend or early evening during Money Smart Week when all members of the family can participate. Want to host a Blue Jean Swap event? Follow the links to register or login as a Supporter.