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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ever Been to a Clothing Swap?

Clothing swaps are fun events - a little like going to the flea market and a lot like shopping in your friend's closet. In the course of my business, I have attended several. Sometimes it's to see what is out there, and sometimes to help a client figure out what they should choose. It's a great place to meet new people, too.

You know I am about to suggest you go to one, and I have the perfect one for you - the Redress Raleigh clothing swap at King's Barcade. I sponsored the fashion show last year, and these ladies are doing a lot of good things locally to promote sustainable fashion. The link to find out more, of course, is on Facebook.

It's short notice (this Saturday), but with a purpose of bringing clothes you don't wear or don't want anymore, and trade out for stuff you do want, this event can't be missed! In support of the eco theme, you will have to bring your own bag to take home all your new stuff.

The basics: go through your closet and select a couple things you're tired of or don't want to wear anymore. This includes shoes and accessories. From 2:30 until 3, Redress Raleigh is setting up the clothes on racks and tables (please have them cleaned prior to bringing them - you don't want to be the one person that brought dirty clothes to the event). At 3, the doors open and shoppers browse what's available. Just like real shopping, you don't have to leave with anything in hand, but if you see something you like, be sure to grab it before someone else does!

The entrance fee is low cost ($3), and is generally very orderly. No promises here about the orderly part, though. Typically, after the swap, the leftover items are donated to a homeless shelter or some other worthy cause. All types of clothing are welcome - men's, women's, juniors, etc.

If you think it's a worthy idea, but can't get there on Saturday, plan a clothing swap of your own with your friends. If you need help, feel free to contact me and I'll help you set it up!

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