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Here's the flier, mamas! Go through those closets, and be prepared to bring home bags of clothes for your little ones! PLEASE feel free to cut and paste the info into a flier or article and share with friends, neighbors, church groups, mamas groups, schooling groups, whatever. The more the merrier!<br><br><br><b>It’s almost time for the next Lake Orion Great Clothes Swap!!</b><br>
“What’s a clothes swap?” you might ask?<br><br>
It’s FREE. It’s community in the best sense of the word. It’s neighbors helping one another. We bring what we have, and take what we need.<br><br>
At home, we sort and fold clean clothes (clothes we wouldn’t mind putting on our family to go out in public) by size into boxes or bags. THEN, when we get to the swap, we sort the clothes by size onto marked tables. Next comes the fun part…<br><br>
We go to the tables with the size clothes we are looking for…and take what we need. Free of charge. No strings attached. There are no minimums or maximums. Some families are looking to clean out the clothes they can no longer use, and they bring bags of clothes in--and sometimes just leave with one or two “special” things. Other families are really in need of clothes, and come with little or nothing, but leave with bags of clothes. Others bring what they took last season, for another family to take this time, and bring home another season‘s worth themselves to start the process again.<br><br>
How can you participate? Look for clothes you might like to bring. Wash, fold, and sort them by size. Then call all of your friends and family and ask them to do the same…and come, singly or as a group, to the swap! Clothes swapping is even more fun when you can share your great finds with friends.<br><br>
What sizes?: We take from preemie to size 16 in children’s clothes, as well as adult clothes.<br><br>
When is it?: The Spring Swap is May 24th, from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm<br><br>
Where is it?: Christ the Redeemer Catholic Community. The address is 2700 Waldon Road, Lake Orion, 48360. We’re on the<br>
north side of Waldon and East of Baldwin. Come in the<br>
main entrance and there will be signs to lead you from<br>
there.
 

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gonna bump this a few times...
 

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Really? Just a few? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Well, you're right, maybe a couple dozen, but, you know, it's for everybody's benefit!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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bumpity-bump-bump...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bump.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bump"> bump one more time till may...
 

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shamelessly bumping again, as it's may...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> and there are new mamas around!
 

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Oh, I'm shameless! *bump!*<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Just over a week left to clean out those closets, mamas!
 

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Four days till the swap...I'm cleaning out my closets and bins today, how about the rest of you?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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See, it's this type of persistence that would make you the perfect candidate for a lobbyist for breastfeeding causes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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You know, I have a poly-sci degree...I would just need the salary, and I'm OFF!
 

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Know any grant writers? And, hey, there've been a hundred hits on the thread, so either ten people have looked at it ten times each, or the word's getting out!!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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not that you're obsessing or anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I'll be there!! (and another bump for ya) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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who, me? *twitch, twitch* obsessing? *twitch, twitch* nahhhh. I *twitch* just want it to be populated! The more families who participate, the more clothes we get, the more stuff people get to go home with, the less money we have to spend on new clothes, the more money we have for food, gas, or, even, *gasp* going to a movie! (or, okay, in our house, renting one...)<br><br>
Too, I'm a little, uh, well, vindictive. The people who are lending us the space really poo-poohed the swap before it happened last year. They just kept coming in during the swap and gaping, gasping, saying they had no *idea* it would be this, well, successful...and walking out...then walking back in again an hour later hoping it'd have slowed down to prove their point that it really wouldn't help all that many people..and doing the same thing all over again. We had 150 families sign up for the mailing list last fall. That's pretty darned good if I DO say so myself. And 150 families fewer who had to spend good money on new clothes, when they got beautiful stuff at the swap instead. This year, I'm aiming for even bigger, because I want it to help as many people as possible in this awful, terrible, no-good, really bad economy. I want those people who thought this would fail to be telling people that they should come, because it's great(!) for the NEXT swap! Because it is pretty cool, if I do say so myself (and I do). It wasn't my idea to start with, but I DO think that if this were to spread, it could make life just a little easier for a whole lotta people!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Courtenay, I love the clothes swap. I think what you're doing is awesome. I just really like teasing you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Oh, GOSH! I know! I'm just telling you why I'm being obsessive. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Cause I am! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I just posted the info on Troy Freecycle. Hopefully the mods will approve it.
 

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Here's the response I got:<br><br>
"Before I post your swap.<br>
Do you realize this will invite over 2000 families to your area? Many may show up to take and not swap.<br><br>
Please confirm that you are prepared for this and still want your post approved."<br><br>
Courtenay - awaiting your response.
 
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