(WFLX) - Forget shop till you drop. The recent economy slump is forcing people to "swap" till you drop.
Clothes swaps have grown in popularity as a new way of making someone's garbage another's treasure.
Carter Klenk-Morse is an expert "swapper". "I very much enjoy clothing swaps; I enjoy bargains."
Instead of traditional shopping, she hunts for trades to save money. She has found great stuff. At this swap, she and her husband are looking for baby clothes. "When I was two months pregnant, I was laid off from my job. So it was definitely a factor as we go into having our first child.
Popular swapping site ClothingSwaps.com has hosted 33 percent more swaps in just the last two months. Meetup.com now has more than 40 clothing swap groups; that's up from just 13 a year ago.
In this economy, families are finding it pays to "swap" till you drop.
There are different ways of swapping; often, it's a case of giving one item to get one item.
Other times, the value of your donated items are estimated. You get a voucher for that amount to "spend" at the swap.