Frugal Fashionista Clothing Swap™ Blog











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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!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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