I write a lot about consignment sales in this space, but there are other ways to get clothes and accessories for your family for next to nothing. And those options include the Scrap Exchange's annual community clothing swap.
The Durham-based nonprofit creative reuse arts center will hold its 11th annual Swap-O-Rama-Rama from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at 2050 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham.
To be part of the event, bring unwanted clothing and accessories, along with a $10 suggested donation. You'll add your unwanted clothes to the pile and then take home as much "new-to-you" clothing as you want, according to the press release. The piles include men's, women's and children's clothing, along with accessories like belts, scarves, shoes, hats and other pieces.
As you might expect with something at the Scrap Exchange, this isn't just an opportunity to switch out your wardrobe. The day includes opportunities to repurpose those new clothes. Do It Yourself stations include sewing machines, ironing boards, trim and accessory supplies, fabric paint and a T-shirt press. There will be demonstrations on altering sweaters, transforming T-shirts and making your own laundry detergent. There also will be a Trashion Show and mask-making.
Participants can buy tickets at the door or online through the Scrap Exchange's website. I think this would be especially fun for a tween or teen fashionista.