Many seeking to stay in style while weathering the recession are resorting to clothes swapping.
Wired PR News – The recession has inspired a new wave of budget conscious shopping that allows consumers to update their wardrobe without having to pay. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), many shoppers have proudly become swappers, or individuals who exchange their clothing items with others.
As noted by the AP, swappers may make exchanges at schools, churches, bars, via the Internet, and other locations. Some even arrange formal events for such exchanges. The trend is said to be reflective of a significant decline in consumer spending, particularly in the area of retail sales. Items besides clothing are also traded amongst those seeking a cost conscious means of getting things they want or need.
Anneli Rufus, who co-authored “The Scavengers’ Manifesto” is quoted in the report as stating, “People are naturally resourceful… At first, they are scared and shocked. But then, thank gosh, people are getting less ashamed in doing this.”
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