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May 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
It's spring cleaning time and for many people that means it's time to get rid of clothes they don't wear anymore.But in this economy no one's eager to spend a lot of money updating their wardrobe.

Kelly Winter went on a shopping spree, but managed to do it without spending any money. Instead of hitting the mall, Winter attended a clothing swap party.

Fashion expert Debbie Wright says in the current economic climate swap parties have become a popular trend.

"This is a great way for women to get together socially, to do something great for the environment and to walk away with something brand new that belonged to someone else," said Wright, a wardrobe consultant for Project Closet.

Each piece of clothing a person brings to the party is put into a category. Chic is anything under $75, moderate is up to $300 and expensive is anything above $300.

Each person gets a ticket that corresponds with the category they brought to the party. To keep the swapping fair, names are pulled out of a hat.

"It was unusual at first, but once we got into it and got here, it was actually much more inviting than I would have expected," said Janeen Caarabetta.

For swappers it's a chance to get rid of items that have run their course while picking up something new.

"You don't have to spend anymore. You've already spent it once," said Nancy Dillon, another swapper.

"I'll tell you what I love about this, it's green," said Winter. "Therefore, the green concept in recycling really tied into this whole concept of doing a swap."

Generally any leftover clothes are donated to charity, providing a shopping high without the buyer's remorse.

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