Free fashion options flourish in Portland and Salem

Thought you’d like to see excerpts from an article mentioning our free swaps:)

I knew better than to walk into an upscale clothing store in Portland’s Pearl District last Sunday. It was fun to see what’s “in” for spring but a little disheartening to look at the price tags. Ninety-eight dollars for a sleeveless blouse! What?

Once I left the store and caught my breath, I reminded myself of all the free ways to build a wardrobe that would be the envy of any fashionista. You just have to think out of the box. Here are some ideas:

Clothing swaps

A movement is afoot in the Portland Metro area to swap rather than buy clothing and accessories. The first swap started about seven years ago in Northeast Portland. The concept has proliferated – to Happy Valley, Tigard, Sandy, Tualatin, Gresham and Camas. The idea is catching on like wildfire, and it would be a good idea for people living in other regions of the state who have Internet access to Google “clothing swaps” in their area. If they don’t exist, start one! It’s likely that the community will be grateful. Who wouldn’t want to shop where money isn’t allowed?

Many swaps are set up according to clothing sizes, with one swap limiting items to sizes 0 to 12; another, petites; and another, plus sizes. Babies’ and kids’ clothing swaps are becoming common too. Click here to read the Oregonian article on area clothing swaps and learn more about swap protocol. Get up-to-date information about when and where swaps are happening by going to

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