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 Frugal Fashionista Clothing Swap™ has found a new location in alexandria to hold the monthly clothing swaps. thanks to our wonderful dj kat of “the express dj’s” we have secured a 4000 square foot space that has mirrors along one whole wall! I checked out the space yesterday and since it was so fabulous and right on the transit line, i booked dates for May 24th (plus size swap) and june 28th (all size swap)

ADDRESS OF NEW LOCATION STARTING IN MAY: Lincolnia Senior Center – 4710 North Chambliss Street, Alexandria, VA 22152

Please go to http://www.wmata.com/ to get directions. I do NOT know what bus /train you should take so you MUST go to above website to plan your route.

Guests are to check in with their clothing at 12:30, pay their $7 donation (or show proof that you pre-paid $5 at paypal – make payment to kim@ffclothingswap.com)

There will be no “waiting line” as we are using a new facility and they have requested that our members wait in the cafeteria down the hall. There are seats outside of the room but you are NOT to wait there. Please go to the cafeteria.

After you drop off your items, you are expected to leave and come back at 2:00. Or you can hang around, maybe shop with the vendors that will be set up (bring some cash- there will be lots to choose from)… and enjoy our DJ Kat who will be entertaining us again! I will open the swap up 5 minutes early to those who volunteered to help set up. Each volunteer can choose 4 items for themselves in the 5 minutes given. There will be a 50/50 raffle to benefit the school’s debate team so please bring a few bucks if you plan on purchasing a ticket or two.

SarahJean is our new volunteer coordinator. Please message her directly on Meetup if you would like to be a volunteer. Spaces for volunteering are limited and each volunteer will be given a badge to identify them so if you are really wanting to volunteer, contact SarahJean soonest to make sure you get a spot.

We are also open to vendors for this swap for the mere price of $50.00 per table plus 1 item to raffle! Tables go fast so if you would like a spot, please contact me early! kim@ffclothingswap.com

If you plan on purchasing anything from any of the vendors listed on the left- please remember to bring cash – – –

DJ KAT will be laying down tunes for our swap so come prepared to dance!

Some money will be recouped for the soda I provide & any supplies I purchase  and the rest will go to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) 

Swap from 2PM – 4PMish – we will pack up earlier than 4 if everyone clears out early. Please come on time;)Clothing drop off from 12:30-1:30 Volunteers – please arrive at 12:15 to set up the tables. Please be prompt as we have less time to set up now.

Make sure clothing is clean, no stains, no holes, rips or tears and no broken buttons or zippers. If you would be PROUD to pass it on to your girlfriends, than you should bring it. Please do not bring undergarments. To avoid having stained and ripped items as some people bring regardless of the rules, we now reserve the right to go through your clothing at the drop off point to ensure your items are decent enough to swap. Please don’t embarress yourselves by bringing undesirable clothing.  We’re looking for clothing from any season for this swap. If you should find something unswappable on any of the tables, please remove it. No one should be disappointed because it’s everyone’s jobs to police the tables for non-wearables;)

If you are bringing guests, please ensure to add them to your RSVP.

Last, but not least, bring your swaptastik attitude and plan to come and have a blast!

Please take pictures of yourselves with your swap finds and post it on meetup and facebook! We’d love to see what you all have found!

Happy Swapping!

Kim

PS. Do not volunteer to help in the comments section… Contact SarahJean on Meetup to get on the volunteer list. If you show up to help and you are not on the list, there will NOT be a spot for you. Last swap we had way too many volunteers so this should help streamline things

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Our Volunteers from the March Clothing Swap…

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Welcome to our raffle prize table! Tickets are just $1 a piece and the prizes are AMAZING thanks to the good people of etsy! They have been very generous this year! Swag bags go first to the volunteers and the then the remaining ones to the first people in the door!

 

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 



It’s almost that time again… What time is that you ask? It’s time for the largest, most fashion forward clothing swap in the Metro D.C. are to open it’s doors!

Are you looking to expand your winter wardrobe absolutely free?

Join us for one of our upcoming clothing swaps!

14 November 10 or 9 January 11!

What to do:

First visit our site and sign up as a member – then RSVP for the swap you want to attend.

http://www.frugalfashionistaclothingswap.org

Next, go through your closets and make a pile of your cast off clothing, shoes and accessories. Ya, know, those items that are still in great shape but for one reason or another, you no longer wear… We’re looking for quality clothing without any tears, stains, missing buttons or broken zippers;)

Bring a potluck dish for entry… No cash, just a dish!

When you arrive, simply lay out your clothing according to the signs on the tables (S, M, L, XL, Plus) and grab something to eat! We will announce when it’s time to swap. Once we do, the floor is yours! Just shop (swap) for free. Take as many items as you’d like home with you! We have 2 dressing rooms staged as well as the bathroom so you can try on the clothing if you like;)

You’ll have the opportunity to visit our spa treat vendors during the swap! Get a makeover, a new hairstyle… have your nails done too! All free of charge! It’s a great chance to get all glammed up at no cost. We do ask though that you tip the ladies you visit. They are volunteering their time and efforts for out cause.

What is our cause? Aside from being a great fashion event, it’s also a philanthropic event! Any remaining clothing are donated to local domestic violence shelters! How great is that? It’s a fun, fashionable and philanthropic way to shop!

Hope to see you all at the swaps!

Kim – Clothing Swap Fashionsita

 Our amazing group has well over 500 members now! Tell your friends and have them join us as the swaps!

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