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Clothes swap offers ideas for gifts, environmental shopping

By Carrissa Olszewski
On November 12, 2010

The Campus Recreation Center will host Swap O' Rama, an event allowing students to exchange personal items, on Wednesday and Thursday Nov. 17-18 from 2-5 p.m. at the CRC.

Students will be able to donate several types of items, and organizers said they expect a lot of clothes. Students who want to donate professional attire can drop them off at the Career Services Office in the University Center. Donations will be accepted until the day of the event.

Upon dropping off items, students will receive a ticket, that they can exchange for other goods the day of the swap. The event is free as long as students donate something prior to the swap.

Items accepted by Career Services include neckties, blazers and suit jackets. With this type of attire, students will be better able to impress employers and increase their odds of landing a job in the work force.

The CRC conducted a small swap last semester, and the event was successful, said Jessica Weiderspon, the graduate assistant for Fitness and Wellness.

Weiderspon said a health assessment is given to students yearly at the UNC. This year's assessment found that a majority of students are nervous about finances and money.

"With the holiday season approaching, I felt the swap would be a free and fun way to help the students find presents for their family and friends," she said.

The swap is also intended to benefit the environment.

"Nothing new needs to be created nor anything destroyed," Weiderspon said. "This concept of recycling our goods definitely helps the environment."

The event will take place in two racquetball courts at the CRC. Students can choose goods on a first-come-first-served basis.

After the swap, the remainder of the clothes and items will be donated to local shelters or thrift stores.

"Be sure to donate something to the swap," Weiderspon said. "We all have something lying around taking up space that we don't use anymore."

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