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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at info@forefrontfashion.com Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: November 2, 2012

Sip, shop and swap: swapmaine returns

The fourth installment of  SWAPMaine is back, and some might argue, better than ever. The Swap ladies are doing it a little differently this time, offering a “Holiday Soiree Swap” on a much smaller scale for a night complete with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and one giant, well-organized and curated selection of clothes, shoes and accessories. The event will take place at Mariner’s Church on December 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to benefit Goodwill New England.

Have no fear. The SWAP gals aren’t giving up on free clothing swaps. After much success with the first three swaps (which you can read about here), they decided to offer their fans a festive event to ring in the holiday season. So how’s this swap different? Rather than drop off a giant bag of clothes, the Holiday Soiree asks that you bring just five really great items to the event. And what, praytell, qualifies as a really great item? Think a nice winter coat that no longer fits, a handbag that you love but never use, a great pair of pumps: items that are in great shape. If you’re having trouble deciding, just use a “consignment” filter and pick any items that you think are worthy of being resold.

Tickets are limited, which you can purchase here. Doors to the event open at 6 p.m. for clothing drop off and you can spend the next hour sipping a cocktail, noshing on some food and shopping from an exclusive “holiday boutique” that will feature vintage jewelry and accessories – a perfect time to pick up gifts for others while you swap for yourself. And really, who doesn’t want to spend an evening shopping for free clothes with a highball in hand?

For more details, you can follow the SWAPMaine blog here or on twitter at @SWAPMaine.

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