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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 Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: June 24, 2013

Haven't been to a clothing swap before? Here's why you don't want to miss it

If you haven’t been to a clothing swap before, you’re truly missing out. Here’s a few things that makes shopping at a swap a memorable and awesome experience.

1. The clothes are free
Even if you can’t make it to our drop off times on Friday, June 28th from 4-6 for free entry into the swap, paying a $5 entry fee is as cheap as it comes for a bag of clothes. That’s the cost of just one item at your local Goodwill.

2. You’ll find something in your size
Sometimes smaller clothing swaps can be a challenge to find clothes that actually fit. But if you have an entire city worth of guys and gals dropping off clothes, you won’t have any trouble finding gems that fit.

3. We know it’s 9 a.m. on a Saturday, which is why you’ll be getting free coffee
If you are here early to drop off donations, there will be coffee waiting for your courtesy of Coffee By Design. Caffeinate yoself.

4. You’ll have a gymnasium full of clothing opinions
Ever go into a dressing room while shopping by yourself and can’t tell if you really like something on?  When you’re at the swap, you can hold something up to a gaggle of strangers and ask for an opinion. Or try something on and ask anyone around you if it works. It’s like having free clothing consultants for the day! At the last swap, a fellow swapper saw me eyeing a white boho-ish dress that I was hemming and hawing over. She convinced me to get it. Now it’s one of my favorite dresses.

5. It’s shopping without the guilt
No buyers remorse here. You’re shopping for free. You can take a chance on an item you wouldn’t normally buy. It’s like living out that childhood fantasy of going into a toy store and being able to fill up a cart of toys for free. Only it’s better because it’s real.

6. In the end, it’s all for a good cause
We give 100% of the profits and 100% of the leftover clothes to Goodwill New England to help benefit their workforce, residential and rehabilitation programs. It’s not just about shopping, but about supporting a cause that is very near and dear to us.

Still need convincing? Send any questions to @swapmaine on twitter!  

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