Frugal Fashionista Clothing Swap™ Blog











Thanks to all of my generous and huge hearted frugal fashionistas, my husband and I were able to help about 100 homeless people in DC this morning. It’s all because of YOU that we were able to do our part in our little corner of the world! You are all amazing and I am so proud to be your leader!

We passed out coats,hats, gloves, scarves, bottled water and cigarettes. If you don’t smoke, you won’t get how important this was to them! I purchased a carton of cigarettes and divided them into sandwhich bags with 3 cigarettes in each. I think they were more excited about the cigarettes than anything else! LOL

I had several conversations with some of the folks there and learned some heart breaking stories. I also found out that the homeless shelter they stayed at was more like a prison than a shelter. They are only allowed a certain amount of items so they had to sneak the clothing in under their coats! I was told that the people that run the shelter are very mean and disrespectful towards them -making them feel less than human just because they were homeless! I was appaulled at what I learned. So in the spring and summer they have to get rid of their winter clothes if they want to bring in summer clothes and then the shelter sells them for profit! I am disgusted with their situations. Several of them told me they would rather be outside weathering the cold and wind then be inside with these nazi’s who were running the place. It was trully heartbreaking.

So, this is what I propose. Since there are a lot more men than women there – I am going to ask that for the next two swaps you bring in your regular 5 or more items PLUS any mens clothing you can get your hands on…shorts, jeans, t-shirts, etc. Please rummage through your husband’s closets and bring whatever he does not wear anymore. We’ll do this for the next two swaps so we have plenty of men’s items. Belts, sports jackets, sweatshirts -all good! Instead of taking the next two loads to Mary’s Center I will bring them to the homeless. All left over women’s summer clothes will not go for domestic violence, but to the homeless. I posted some pics from todays event and will post some more later tonight or tomorrow.

Again, I want to thank you all for your support and love! You ladies ROCK!

Kim (Frugal Fashionista)

Dates for the next 2-3 swaps will be posted hopefully this week!



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The Bravelets™ Story:

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Mom and me – wearing our braves

I will never forget the day my mom told me she had breast cancer. When I heard the news I held back tears, and tried to sound calm. I knew that I needed to be brave for my Mom. She was trying to be brave for me and my sister, as she didn’t want us to worry. We were trying to be brave for her. Out of this process, Bravelets™ was born.

I wanted to make something that my sister, my mom, my dad and I could all wear in the weeks leading up to her Mastectomy – a symbol that we could all look at and remember to be brave.

There are times in all of our lives where we need to be brave – whether for ourselves, for our family, for our friends, or even for a complete stranger. Bravelets™ bracelets are more than just something to wear on your wrist. They are a symbol of hope, strength and courage. They are designed to help you be brave in the toughest of times.

 

Why the Triangle?

 

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The triangle is the strongest geometric shape. Bravelets™ bracelets are worn to help you be strong and brave in tough situations. Therefore, Bravelets™ and triangles are a perfect pair. The triangle is incorporated not only in the Bravelets logo, but also in every item’s single design. Plain and simple, the triangle represents strength, just like Bravelets™.

 

Our Giving – Upfront and Honest

Bravelets™ is not a non-profit organization. We are a for-profit company with giving at our core. We believe in transparency. We believe in making a difference. We don’t believe in the phrase “a portion of proceeds will be donated….” What does that mean? Is a portion $.01? Is a portion 1%? That kind of giving is confusing and un-fulfilling to the purchaser. We want you to feel good about your purchase. We want you to know, when you look down at your wrist, that $10 was donated to your cause. We want you to know that you helped make a difference.

So now you know a little bit about Bravelets and are hopefully interested in purchasing a piece of bravelets jewelry for yourself or a loved one!

As you know, the Frugal Fashionista Clothing Swap supports Domestic Violence Awareness and we raise funds for RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) We also support local military veterans groups through All Media Linked and “Vets Group”.

Our main colors are purple, violet and black so if you go to our site, all of the jewelry will be in those colors.

$10 from EVERY sale is donated to RAINN if you order from our page – which is HUGE! It’s a very measurable way to see where your hard earned dollars are going!

I ordered my first bravelet last week – here is what mine looks like:

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Be Brave and show your support for the causes YOU believe in!

Join me in showing the world, that you too, are “BRAVE”.

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” 
― A.A. Milne

 




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The Frugal Fashionista Clothing Swap has been working hard and making changes to better serve the community!

I have been securing sponsorship from businesses and collecting donations for raffle prizes and for items to add to our swag bags!

We have had so many generous people come forth to help us make this the best swap in the DC area, hands down!

We are up to about 1,450 members in our group and have been holding near monthly clothing swaps to support local domestic violence shelters and to raise money for RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). Our next two swaps are this Sunday at the Franconia Governmental Center in Alexandria, VA and on April 26th at the West Springfield High School in Springfield, VA.

We have been supporting domestic violence programs for 5 years and are in the process of adding military families to our swap beneficiaries!

I am in the middle of working out an additional monthly swap for the military community in the DMV area! Working hand in hand with “All Media Linked” to bring the swaps to the military families!  All Media Linked hosts monthly “We Heart Vets” events where veterans can take advanage of free workshops for job seeking, computer training and certifications, mortgage and finance classes as well as customer service training and certification! They have asked me to join them and introduce the swap world to the military community! I am extremely excited to be working for both domestic violence AND the military as both are near and dear to my heart!

Visit All Media Linked at http://www.allmedialinked.com to learn more about what they do for the community!

We have been raising money for RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) by charging a $5.00 entrance fee to the swaps and by holding 50/50 raffles as well as raffling off great prizes that have been donated to our group! Entrance fee is $5.00 in advance (paid through Paypal) or $7 cash at the door on the day of the swaps. We also raise money for RAINN by selling vendor tables when we have events at the West Springfield High School! If you are interested in becoming a vendor at any of our events, please contact me at kim@ffclothingswap.com for more information!

We now have a DJ at our events! Come prepared to dance! Kat, from “the express DJ’s” has been donating her time and talents to all of our swaps and really bringing them to life! If you are looking to hire a DJ in the DMV area, check her out -she’s amazing!

If you are looking to swap out your old duds for new, have a great time and help raise money for our causes, visit our main website at http://www.frugalfashionistaclothingswap.org and join our group!

We can also be found on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/frugalfashionistaclothingswap

and on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/kimlou813/frugal-fashionista-clothing-swap/

I have been posting all of our donations to Pinterest and Facebook so if you’d like to see what we have so far, please go take a look and remember to support the small businesses that have donated to our group! Most of the businesses who are sponsoring us are from etsy.com. They are a wonderful community in their own right and we are so fortunate to be working with them all!



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