squeezed by economy, shoppers become swappers
New york (AP)AP)—
Designer Marc Jacobs\'s high collar shirt cost hundreds of dollars on Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue.
But in a bar in Brooklyn
Gray sweater is free
Jeans, belts and shoes are also here.
A nearby bar called Sycamore will never be mistaken for a department store, but in times of recession --
It serves a similar purpose.
This is an opportunity to update the wardrobe and capture the shopping adventure without having to open your wallet. \"It\'s guilt-
\"Shop for free,\" says Shannon McDowell, the bartender and bartender.
As long as parents hand over their grown-up baby clothes, friends have been trading.
Now, with the help of the Internet, bars, schools, garages and churches across the United States have seen a swap between strangers.
The rule is simple: you bring things before you take them, and money will never change hands.
Some exchanges are formal matters in which items are passed on and tried out.
If more than one participant is interested, it looks like the best group will vote for whom.
Others, like the one in Sycamore, are more casual: everyone just digs in the heap for what they want.
Leftovers are generally donated to charity.
The reason for the popularity is that Americans from all tax classes are cutting their spending in stores.
Clothing sales fell.
The first three months of this year were 1%.
Marshall Cohen, chief industry analyst at NPD Group, a market research firm, said impulse buying represents a fashion business for more than a quarter and \"doesn\'t exist at all \".
It turns out that exchange is an alternative to shopping.
Not just clothes.
People are buying and selling dvd books, toys, and even seeds of houses, plants and gardens.
\"People are naturally resourceful,\" said Anneli Rufus.
The author of the book \"declaration of scavenger\", a guide to getting things with less money.
\"They were both scared and shocked at the beginning.
But, thanks to God, people are becoming less and less ashamed in doing so.
In other words, new and frugal people are turning to \"basic, pre-existing\"
\"Money is a way of doing business,\" she said . \"
Although this transaction has always existed, many activities are being organized with the help of modern technology. Meetup.
Com, a website that helps users organize local groups for people of common interest, has 42 clothing exchange groups, up from 13 a year ago.
These organizations spend $12 a month to maintain, with more than 4,500 members, up from 1,200 a year ago.
While many exchanges are organized between friends and neighbors, websites like Swaptree.
Com and Paperbackswap.
Help people trade old CDs, books and video games online. Totsswapshop.
In the meantime, com connects those who want to trade children\'s items from clothes to nursery furniture.
Amy Gallagher, the mother of three young children, turned to Swaptree after cutting trivial expenses.
\"I used to take the children just to entertain them to the border and let them move around ,(and)
\"I went for a cup of coffee and bought a few books,\" she said at her home in Rosemont, Pa.
\"I don\'t do that anymore.
\"Instead, she listed the items she wanted to give away and what she wanted on Swaptree.
Two or three.
The way swap is created.
She paid for the freight for what she sent.
The exchange through the internet and mail has lost some of the fun of real things.
At an exchange organized by the Brooklyn clothing exchange, Frances Wood likened the experience to a treasure hunt, where she tidied up a pile of folded clothes and about on a rainy Sunday afternoon
She found and brought back things in a store that she had never bought.
\"You will be a little more free when you don\'t pay,\" a non-profit said.
Odette Pollar is a professional organizer and garden enthusiast in Oakland, California.
Organize factory exchange twice a year.
As early as October 2007, she said, about 95 people participated in her first match.
Now that it has reached 300, the plant exchange near the lake shore is about to surpass the area.
People exchange more than just plants, tools, gardening equipment, and even koi and goldfish. \"People bring 8-
\"Literally, it\'s the foot tree,\" she said.
The bar can provide a practical social environment for clothing exchange.
While customers are drinking beer and mints in Sycamore, the Brooklyn bar also doubles as a flower shop during the day, with some brown clothes resting in their seats and hanging on the wall.
There is no fitting room, the woman pulls the skirt on the pants, at T-
In front of a full shirtlength mirror.
Who wants a high collar from Marc Jacobs?
Asked Tory Jardina, 22. year-
The old students behind this exchanged with about 15 others.
She lifted the thin sweater and although its brand was expensive, no one liked it because there was a large, slightly suggestive circular opening on the back of it.
\"It\'s hard to wear,\" said Ashley LaHood, its former owner, who changed her clothes for the first time.
The shirt is a former Christmas present. boyfriend.
\"I don\'t think I ever went through it,\" she said . \".
\"I just told him I liked it.
Giardina asked her mother to exchange with her friends.
Although \"no one of them is shopping for the second time --hand\")
Swap is verified.
She explained that they were like an ordinary locker room, and the clothes women tried on praised each other.
Kym O\'Neill, the mother of two children who bought something expensive at the Brooklyn Exchange Center, said it was time to get rid of the old stuff.
\"She\'s getting divorced.
She wore a special dress from Vena Cava only once at the wedding.
She got it after giving birth to a second child and has lost weight since then.
\"Should I put it on eBay, I think? \" she said.
Finally, she took it to the exchange desk, hoping someone would like it.
This dress is perfect for bartender McDowell.
O\'Neal, in turn, finally chose the gray Marc Jacobs high collar.
It turned cold in the afternoon. She drove the car.
\"It\'s a nice label and it\'s soft.
If there is no hole behind it, the first person will take it, \"she said.
When passing by, Lahoud, its original owner, praised her.
\"I\'m glad it found a home,\" she said . \".
\"This sweater looks really good on you.
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