CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Women have taken their fashion sense and made fashion cents out of it by finding an inexpensive way to be fashionable and get new clothes.
Just like at the boutique, women can search through racks of clothing, accessories and shoes, but whatever they pick out, they take home for free.
Brooke Ryan decided to put together the "Clothing Swap" event with friends, after trying to sell a pair of designer jeans for $20 at a garage sale.
"[The] person was like, 'I'll give you $3 for it.' I was like, 'I'd much rather they go to somebody who would appreciate it, one of my girlfriends.' I was like, 'Why don't we all get together and trade clothes,'" said Ryan.
At the swap, a group of girlfriends each brought in some gently or never worn clothing and accessories. Brandy Weber brought in a dress she spent about $35 on, but ended up with a brand name dress by Diesel.
"It's like you went shopping, but you didn't have to use your credit card, it's pretty great," she said. "You get a great deal."
After the fashion free-for-all, the extras went to Goodwill. The women also donated gently worn evening gowns for Cinderella Day, an event providing free prom dresses to teens who can't afford them.
"It's going to get a new second life because these girls that do not have a chance to attend their proms because they don't have the extra $200 to spend will actually get to have one of these dresses," said organizer Jen Snyder.
Women swapping clothes, giving to charity and donating dresses to teens in need makes good fashion sense in a tough economy.
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