Best of Washington 2012: Most Fun Way to Get a Bargain

The top picks for clothing swaps in the area.

By: Washingtonian Staff

What woman hasn’t stood in her crammed closet unable to find a thing to wear? Enter clothing swaps, a recession-friendly way to recycle and refresh your wardrobe. Each attendee brings five or six pieces of gently worn clothing and a small fee (usually $10 to $15), then takes her pick of what others have brought. Recently spotted at a swap: a vintage Italian Kiton jacket that retails for more than $500. Favorites include the Washington DC Clothing Swap Society, with almost 500 members; Alexandria’s Frugal Fashionista, whose proceeds are donated to domestic-violence charities; Dewdrop DC, popular for its seasonal events and pop-up shops; and DMV Swap Shop, which does two shoe-only swaps a year. provides the most up-to-date schedules.

Best of Washington 2012