Students clear out their closets at Fashion Association’s clothing swap

Charlene Adams
Lead News Writer

Leftovers never looked so good.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania students handed in their old clothes and found new ones when IUP’s Fashion Association teamed up with Her Campus IUP for their fall clothing swap Tuesday.

The association holds a clothing swap each semester as a way to give people a chance to clear out their clos­ets, according to the association’s Erin Ocepek (junior, fashion merchandis­ing).

People searched the tables of the Hadley Union Building’s Dela­ware Room Tuesday evening to exchange their own clothes for differ­ent ones. Clothing and other items were dropped off to the Delaware Room, and members of the Fashion Association as well as Her Campus staff members sorted them into catego­ries such as T-shirts, pants, dresses and accessories.

Attendants were then invited to bring their own clothing and swap them for what they saw on the tables.

The swap began as a small event among the members of the Fashion Association, according to Stephanie Schrider (senior, fashion merchandis­ing), president of the association. Over the course of five years, officers and advisers of the association decided to make the swap a semesterly, campus-wide event.

Johanna Thompson (sophomore, English) of the IUP chapter of Her Campus – an online magazine aimed toward female college students – reached out to the members of the as­sociation to collaborate with them on the event.

Thompson said that IUP’s chap­ter of Her Campus planned to hold a clothing swap of their own; however, when she heard of the association’s re­curring swap, she thought it would be a great idea to make the swap a joint effort.

Thompson said her experience working with the members of the as­sociation was great.

“They were all so excited to work with us and appreciative of what we were doing,” Thompson said. “And we were appreciative of them. I’m happy the event was so successful be­cause of the hard work that they all put in.”

Thompson said she thinks those who attended the event went away with great stuff, and she is “happy a lot of people came and were satisfied.”

Leftover items from the event are being donated to both Good­will and Attire to Aspire, a program providing individuals aiming to return to the workforce with work clothes.

Schrider said the purpose of the swap is “to have fun finding new things” and to donate what is left over.

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