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April 22, 2009 > Clothing Swap

Clothing Swap

Women's and children's clothing swap event to benefit Stage 1 Theatre

Submitted By Pamela Rosen

It's eco-friendly, self-esteem boosting, and the clothes are fabulous ...and free

If you've ever coveted a friend's fabulous outfit now's your chance to get your hands on it - for free. Stage 1 Theatre, the Tri-Cities' longest running community theatre, will host A Spring Clothing Swap on May 2 - 3 at the former "Pirate Store"-- 36551 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. A $5 admission donation benefits the theatre company, but it's the swappers who really clean up.

Clothing swaps have been springing up all over America and in the U.K. since the recession began in 2007. Women love the idea of getting a whole wardrobe makeover without spending any money for clothing. It's a great mood-booster for tough times. Women bring high quality, gently used clothing to the event, and simply exchange them for clothes that suit them better now, in a fun and friendly atmosphere, with no cash exchanged.

"Your money's no good here," said event organizer Pamela Rosen. "But clothes that you don't wear any more are as good as gold. Bring in a dress or some jeans, take home something else. If you bring in some cute outfits your kids have grown out of, you can take home some things that will fit them now. In this economy, swapping is the new shopping."

Bring in as many items as you like, and exchange those for the same number of "new to you" pieces. "We're looking for the good stuff," said Rosen, who advises swappers that only high quality, clean clothing in good condition will be accepted. "We want everyone to find treasures," she said.

Stage 1 president Debbie Otterstetter reminds swappers that it's all for a good cause. "The $5 admission will raise money for Stage 1, so we can produce high quality, affordable entertainment for the community. It's a win-win." Stage 1 will donate clothing left over at the end of the two day event to Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (S.A.V.E.), a Fremont-based women's shelter. "It's good for the community, it's eco-friendly to recycle, and it's great for the swappers."

The "store" will be open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on both May 2 and 3, but advance swappers can drop off clothes April 29 through May 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to avoid the lines.

For more information, contact Pamela Rosen at 510-396-7790 or e-mail Read more about the Spring Clothing Swap at

This event is sponsored by The Avilla Family and by Quality Signs and Banners in Newark.

Clothes Swap
Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
36551 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
(510) 396-7790

$5 admission

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