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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 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!



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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The Frugal Fashionista Clothing Swap once again brings local fashionistas and brand spanking new wardrobes together! We hold our swaps approximately every 6 weeks so that more women can be accommodated. We’re on top of our swaps and make each one more special than the last!

What a great way to start the fall by attending a clotting swap! One gals junk is truly another gals treasure… We’re looking for all the awesome sweaters, jeans boots, accessories, etc., to swap at our upcoming fashion event.

Date: 25 Sep 10
Time: 2-4
Place: Franconia Governmental Center

We’ve got over 400 members in our group now! The more the merrier and the more choices of clothing! Whooo Hooo!

We’ve been adding pot lucks to our swaps so that everyone can share each other’s delicious recipes and it has truly been wonderful! Our glam team never disappoints, offering hair up-do’s, nails, makeovers and even massage! As always, our events are FREE!~ No cover charge like other swaps!

All of our remaining clothing get donated directly to local battered women’s shelters… Can’t think of a more worthy cause! We always have so much that even after all has been picked through, there are plenty left for the shelters.

Visit us to join our AWESOME GROUP and sign up for future clothing swaps by clicking the title above! Or type in

http://www.frugalfashionistaclothingswap.org



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