Rack of all trades: Apparel swap meet set for Saturday

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A Milton-Freewater newcomer has no intention of skirting her new community — unless it’s the kind with a waistband.

Amanda Barfield, a transplant from Alabama, has started hosting clothing swaps not only as a service in the community but also as a way to meet her neighbors. Her second swap takes place Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the Fort Walla Walla Museum conference room.

Participation is simple enough, said Barfield. “You bring something, you take something.” No sales are allowed and people are encouraged to bring in new and used adult clothing in good shape. Those will be sorted on tables by size, and accessories — scarves, jewelry, shoes, hats — are also welcome. A children’s clothing swap is planned for Feb. 9.

The swap idea is a win-win, Barfield believes. Participants get their clothing needs met, and Barfield gets acquainted with the community she joined in November. The first time she tried it, about 15 people showed, stayed to chat and helped clean up. Barfield not only learned more about the area, she added to her roster of new friends, she said. “I’m hoping 45 people or so come this time.”

When she’s not setting up swaps, Barfield does some mechanic work and plans to soon resume her nursing degree studies. For more information about Saturday’s event, call 509-386-6834.

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